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Great trail, beautiful views. Stay at Jake's Place and do a side hike to Slave Falls.

Nice easy trail, mostly follows an old road. Nice views of the Big South Fork River. Great for little ones too. Take your time and explore the area.

Really great hike! Lots of flowing water and small falls from all the recent rain. Multiple wildflower species just popping out. Recommend starting on lower arch part of loop and taking loop all the way to Jake’s Place (ideal spot for picnic or rest on the rock benches) and on to Charit Lodge. There’s a suspension bridge that follows on to the Sheltowee Trace we had to try out just off main trail. Then on for a relatively steep climb for the last mile. Well worth the finish on the upper loop.

Trail was well kept. Just before and following Jake’s Place there were lots of wooded plank bridges on the trail that made for fun adventures for the kids. This part of the trail followed a well flowing creek. Very wet and muddy trail on the back side but the previous day it rained all day. Waterproof or resistant boots a must.

Took us approximately 4 hours. The 5 year old set the pace.

This was really good for getting back into the hiking groove. It has a good amount of altitude increase to make it challenging but it isn't just incessant. All around an enjoyable hike.

on Twin Arches Loop Trail

hiking
2 months ago

a beautiful area! hiked down to Charit Creek Lodge then looped back out through Jake's place. total 5.5 mi.

Love love this loop. Amazing views. Beautiful.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail. Simple and well maintained. Very easy, the trail it’s self wasn’t spectacular but there were several pretty views. Would and probably will do again.

hiking
3 months ago

Moderate. Well blazed & maintained. Hiked counterclockwise. Begins easily through mixed forest. Descends to creek side past a few rock houses. Long rolling section along the water is very pretty/peaceful. A bridge is out along the creek but no trouble going around. Leave creek w moderate uphill. Finishes on the road w approx. .5 mi back to trailhead. Bit of a drive to get to this trail but worth it.

Easy most of the way on well maintained riverside trail. Moderate section beyond the bridge up to Devil's Cave & switchbacks up to the lookout. Historical bridge. Nice waterfall just before the bridge & really special waterfall .2 before you get to the cave. Cave is a neat geo feature. Leatherwood lookout just ok but the loop features a nice forest hike with small falls. 8 miles.

hiking
3 months ago

Short easy stroll to an ok overlook. Can be a nice trail run or warm-up hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy. Well maintained trail. nice views along the river and some water coming off the blufff. Interesting exploring the shoreline at the "Falls". OK experience. Do with another trail to fill a day.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked this as combo with Angel Falls Overlook Tr. "Lollipop"out & back ,12.4mi. Most of the hike was easy with short moderate section on ascent to the Overlook. Well marked & maintained. Bridge over Fall Branch is broken but useable. Many good waterfalls & interesting rock features. Mult. superb overlooks. Mile section from Fall Branch crossing up to the plateau was outstanding. A lot to take in/enjoy.

This is a great trail with some good views but the best part is the Arches of coarse and the rock out crops are a sight also I think in one place saltpeter was mined lots of holes drilled in the rocks the part that follows the creek was peaceful but a little muddy loved it I rate it moderate

Referring to the larger loop hike (about 5 miles), this was a great trail and hike. Well maintained and the arches are great. But even more, the bluffs and rock formations all along the latter portion of the loop were breathtaking. The loop goes last the northern arch, descends down to a beautiful creek, passes the lodge, then slowly ascends to the southern arch. A lot to see along the way on this moderately difficult trail. Well worth it;

Easy trail but also gorgeous views along the western ridge. Very cool place to see the canyon, the forest and numerous views of the river far below while also logging some hiking miles.

Beautiful.

Great little hike. Good vistas from the top of the arches. The loop trail has some pretty amazing trees as well.

Nice easy hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Possibly the best dayhike in Big South Fork, which is saying something in an area filled with good dayhikes. Arches are fantastic; try standing at the south end of either arch to get the best lighting for a pic. Passes numerous large rock shelters en route to Jake's Place (a pile of rocks, all that remains of a house) and Charit Creek Lodge. Soda and snacks may be for sale at Charit Creek Lodge, which also offers overnight lodging. Some climbing is required, but trail is mostly well-graded with good switchbacks.

Also, be aware that there are 2 loops starting at this trailhead that are sometimes called the Twin Arches Loop. A short 1.2 mile loop only goes over and around Twin Arches, while a longer 4.7 mile loop also takes you to Jake's Place and Charit Creek Lodge. This page is supposed to be about the longer loop, but some of the user reviews seem to be about the shorter one. The longer loop is the better hike if you have the time, conditioning, and energy, but of course the shorter loop is a better choice if you only want to see the arches.

This trail is NOT 4.7 mi, it is a short trail 1.2mi with switchbacks you can pick up more legs if you want, still a very worthy but short hike!

hiking
7 months ago

We did the loop trail, about 1.2 miles. The arches are fantastic, and one even has a cave. There are steep stairs, so keep that in mind if you are hiking during rainy weather.

Very nice hike

hiking
8 months ago

easy but beautiful hike!!!!

hiking
9 months ago

Loved this trail. The rock transformations were awesome.

hiking
10 months ago

The hike itself was pretty boring. Wish there was a better view of the river. Went down along the rapids on the way back and had a much better view and time. Definitely make your way down to the river to get a better view.

nice trail along the river. Lots of campsites. Just make sure to study the signs and maps before you go in. There's really no signs showing the Angel Falls trail. and look out for copperheads! lots of copperheads

hiking
10 months ago

This was a fairly easy hike, the trail was clean and was flat for most of the way. There were a few very slight inclines, but nothing that would cause difficulty. The scenery was beautiful, even with the river being muddy from recent rains. Along the trail there are several spots designated for camping. At the trailhead, a local resident warned us of copperheads in the area, but luckily we did not come across any. There is a lot of foliage, so it would be easy for the copperheads to hide, I would suggest keeping your attention focused when hiking this trail. The trail was approximately 2 miles in and 2 miles back out. The end of the trail there is a small "beach", but it was in rough shape, with several fallen trees and old tires strewn about. It was difficult for us to find a spot to eat lunch at the end, but we managed. There are several very large rock formations along the way, which made the hike worth it. I would definitely hike this again, but some clean-up needs to be done to the end of the trail. Also, there are no waterfalls, they are rapids. So, if you are looking for an actual waterfall, I would not suggest this hike. I have posted pictures of our hike for all to see.

hiking
10 months ago

This is an easy hike that's out and back. The Falls are really just some stage 3-4 rapids, but the huge rocks you can climb on and swim around down below the rapids make the hike worth it. It's a great place to take a picnic lunch. Be careful! We saw three copperhead snakes on the trail. I about stepped on the first one! They blend in well with the dirt and like to get in the weeds and grass right beside the trail. So beware!

hiking
11 months ago

Easy hike if you just go to twin arches. A natural of wonder of Mother Nature.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Great beginners trail. Easy hike. Nice campsites.

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