Twin Arches Loop Trail is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Oneida, Tennessee that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.7 miles Elevation Gain: 741 feet Route Type: Loop

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Great trail for the whole family with a few steep staircases to climb to start the trail. The Twin Arches trail are well maintained and marked with red leaf blazes. Take your time and view the huge rock formations along the way. Once at the Twin Arches there are more sturdy staircases that will lead to a trail on top of the Arches with views that can be safely enjoyed at an elevation of 1730'. The South Arch has a clearance of 103' and a span of 135' and the North is slightly smaller at 62' clearance and a span of 93'. Although horses and bikers are not allowed on this trail they are permitted on various trails throughout the Big South Fork.

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2 days ago

Went Saturday morning of Memorial Day weekend and just hiked the small “upper loop” to see the arches, 1.4 miles, not the full “lower loop” that’s another 4+ miles. The arches are absolutely awesome! Shared more about the hike on my blog: https://sarabethgregory.com/big-south-fork-twin-arches/

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3 days ago

Did the small loop and have one word, stairs. Took the trail clockwise going down one set of stairs very early. It was a nice easy stroll through the woods with a good view of an opposing ridge. The small trail only shows you one of the twin arches but this natural beauty is remarkable. To head back to the parking lot, you take several sets of stairs to go on top of the arch. It’s a good leg work out for anyone needing to get in better shape (myself). Be sure to take in the views when you’re on top of the arch and cliff while you take a quick breather. Overall nice short, dog-friendly hike.

4 days ago

the trail was beautiful but I do think it needs mentioning that the road to get to the trail is about 6 miles of gravel that is washed out in places with lots of pot holes. took me 40 minutes because I had to drive so slow on it, desperately needs more gravel. It's a great hike though and I would not let it deter you

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13 days ago

This is the Top Loop Trail that I done

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1 month ago

Great hike. Not difficult. The trail needs some maintenance on the stairs as well as the low places where they have installed walk boards. It is a beautiful place and worth the drive out to the trail.

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1 month ago

Closed

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1 month ago

amazing trail! had a lot of fun. the hike was strenuous when we had full packs on! but it was really fun. loved the water elements

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1 month ago

This is a great trail with spectacular rock formations in addition to the Twin Arches. The mileage indicated of 4.7 miles does not include the mileage from the parking lot to the Twin Arches which adds 1.4 miles round trip to the total, making the total loop over 6 miles. At the bottom of the loop, just past Cherit Lodge, it is very muddy. Must be that way a lot of the time, because wooden walkways have been strategically placed in the worst areas, but there is still mud on many other places along the trail. We went in early April a few days after some rain. If you don't want to the do the whole 6+ mile loop an attractive alternative would to be as follows: At the bottom of the the North Arch is a sign showing the way to Jake's Place which is about 2 miles. The first mile from the North Arch down towards Jakes's place is the most scenic of the entire trail loop. Huge rock formations which some in our party thought were better than the arches. This section also avoids most of the muddy areas which are generally located at the bottom of the loop along the river. If you did that you would have a very manageable hike of approximately 3.5-4.5 miles (depending on how far you go down) with fantastic scenery.

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rocky
2 months ago

Really great. The section away from the lodge by the creek is along the wall and has pretty waterfalls... on the backside it can get a bit wet but runs adjacent to a river. I ran half the trail and did not regret it.. trail is definitely runnable. I wouldn’t consider it exactly moderate— it was somewhere between beginner and moderate. Great time.

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rocky
2 months ago

This trail gives you rewards along the entire hike. Small water falls, rock shelters, cliffs, bluffs, and of course arches. The lower section follows a beautiful creek, and this section has some muddy spots. The mud slowed us down and was tiring before having to the uphill climb to the arches. The climb up the stairs on the south arch after hiking 4mi showed us we are out of shape.

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2 months ago

Great for kids!

3 months ago

lots of steep stairs but the arches are so cool. loved it

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muddy
3 months ago

Great trail - decently labeled. However the pre made path makes it difficult to get lost. Beautiful view if you climb to the top of the tallest arch I believe it’s the north one that stands at 100 feet

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rocky
3 months ago

Aside from the 5 mile dusty, gravel, bumpy road with lots of pot holes that you have to take to get to the trail head, this is a wonderful trail. Lots of rock formations aside from the natural rock arches. Along the trail you come to the Charit Creek Lodge where you must stop and maybe have a snack and enjoy the sounds of the flowing water in the creek. Continue on the relatively flat trail along the creek before climbing the mountain again. You will come to what looks like a boulder slide and it's pretty difficult to see where the trail goes but keep looking and you will see at least one white blaze painted on a rock. You have to maneuver several rocks and boulders in this area which can be tricky with smaller dogs and children. Keep going though and you will come out on the path to get you back to the arches. We think this trail is over 6 miles total and not the 4.7 as listed. Oh, lots of steps or ladders to climb too so I'd rate a lot of this trail as difficult and certainly not for people who are not in fairly good shape.

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muddy
3 months ago

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3 months ago

This is the top loop trail not the full loop

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4 months ago

Awesome hike! The arches and rock houses were totally amazing. The trail was well maintained and had cool stuff around every corner. He had lunch at the Charit Creek Lodge. The staff there were very friendly and very helpful. Hope to go back and spend the night.

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

WONDERFUL like a "Little Utah" soooo pretty! Lots of steep wooden stairs.

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7 months ago

Beautiful trail. I feel it could be a lot better marked in places, especially one particularly rocky area as it took is awhile to figure out if we could get through them. The arches are beautiful and this really is a beautiful trail.

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rocky
7 months ago

Easy is as easy does, this loop, if you cover all is over 6 miles and lots of rock as well as steep descent,if you go counter clockwise,which I recommend. makes the last couple of miles a more manageable ascent. expect stairs and great rock formations in the upper elevations, not much to see in the lower elevation unless you are going to the lodge at the bottom. this trail is longer than listed. I'd hike again and recommend.

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8 months ago

Pretty good trail overall, would recommended going after a rain though. It's a beautiful trip through the woods, trail was free of debris and no mud since there's a mild drought at the moment. The last hill after The Charitt Lodge was a fairly quick uphill ascent with plenty of stairs but not tough to navigate. We're going to go back after the leaves fall so we can see the arches better.

recorded Recording - Sep 05, 02:54 PM

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bugs
8 months ago

This trail is hazardous for children under the age of 10. Recommend doing the Arch Loop Trail clockwise once you have viewed the arches. It is easier to do the steep stairs down than up. Plus you get splendid rock formations at the end of your trip...the assent is more gradual. At the bottem of the trail ( a little over a mile) you will reach Charit lodge. A good place to lunch, use a bathroom, buy drinks and food.

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8 months ago

Worth every step! We are not seasoned hikers but still felt the trail was more than doable. The arches were amazing and we had fun climbing and exploring underneath them. Plenty of shade. We didn't encounter any wildlife or bugs. We had ages 5-65 on the hike with us. The 5 year old made it- barely! 65 decided to not go down the steps and see the arches but I think he could have done it!

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rocky
8 months ago

I would recommend this trail for anyone looking for a leashed-dog friendly trail. The stairs to get to the arches are a little steep but other than that this was great for my dog Jimmy. There were a decent amount of people also enjoying the trails and sights so if you’re looking for something more private this might not be your trail. Lots of wild blueberry bushes which would be great in the beginning of the summer to pick along the way. The caves were great but narrow. Lots of shade and sun coverages on the loop.

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9 months ago

Bugs. So many bugs. Did this trail on 8-20-2019 and not sure if it is the horses or what that bring all these horse flies around but they were terrible. Mosquitoes from start to finish. My wife had probably 100 baby ticks on her at one point, and had 8 bite her, and 2 bite myself. Watch for spiders building webs across the trail right at face level (5'10"). Other than that it's a great trail. Beautiful sights and amazing rock formations. One of the rock gardens is hard to follow the trail through. For the inexperienced hiker (we are), I suggest going counter clockwise to start. This gets the steepest part of the trail out of the way, and it's all downhill. If you go clockwise, it will be very easy until the end.

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