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Twin Arches Loop Trail

photo: The South Twin Arch at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Scott County, Tennessee, USA. Photo by Brian Stansberry.

Length: 6.00 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Type: Backcountry, Greenway
Agency: National Park Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: At Big South Fork NRRA, begins at Charit Creek Hostel, 25 mi. NE of Jamestown on SR 154.
State(s): Tennessee
Counties:
Longitude: -84.74157
Latitude: 36.54439

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Description

The Twin Arches Trail and Loop Trail have some geological features in Big South Fork, and the Twin Arches are truly the most impressive rock arches in the eastern United States. The North Arch has a clearance of 51 feet, a span of 93 feet and its deck is 62 feet high; South Arch has a clearance of 70 feet, a span of 135 feet and its deck is 103 feet high.

The Twin Arches Trail is a .7 mile walk which will bring you to the Twin Arches and the Twin Arches Loop Trail. By following the Twin Arches Loop clockwise, you will descend about 400 feet from the arches to Charit Creek Lodge. At the Lodge you will find restrooms, accommodations and maybe even some refreshments. From there the trail follow along Station Camp Creek to an old home site know as Jake's Place. Past Jake's Place the trail once again climbs almost to the top of the plateau and follows the base of a cliff line back to the Twin Arches. Along this section are several huge rock shelters once used by Native Americans, early settlers and even niter miners.

Upon reaching the Twin Arches you may return to the parking lot by climbing the stairs between the arches and following the Twin Arches Trail back.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1986

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Map: NPS Trail Map
Website: NPS Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
South Big Fork NRA
P.O. Drawer 630
Oneida, TN 37841

 

Photos

View of the Upper Station Camp Creek valley, from the end of the Twin Arches Trail . Photo by Brian Stansberry/wiki.

View of the Upper Station Camp Creek valley, from the end of the Twin Arches Trail . Photo by Brian Stansberry/wiki.

The South Twin Arch at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Scott County, Tennessee, USA. Photo by Brian Stansberry.

The South Twin Arch at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Scott County, Tennessee, USA. Photo by Brian Stansberry.

 

The underside of the South Twin Arch at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Scott County, Tennessee, USA. Photo by Brian Stansberry.

The underside of the South Twin Arch at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Scott County, Tennessee, USA. Photo by Brian Stansberry.

The North Twin Arch at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Scott County, Tennessee, USA. Photo by Brian Stansberry.

The North Twin Arch at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Scott County, Tennessee, USA. Photo by Brian Stansberry.

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