The Twin Arches are one of the most unusual and beautiful geologic features in the Big South Fork. The Arches themselves may be reached by hiking a short trail of seven tenths of a mile one way. The hike is easy to moderate with the exception of some very steep steps. Allow an hour for the round trip. The Twin Arches Loop is 4.5 miles long and includes some interesting rock overhangs (rock shelters) and cliffs, an old home site and the Charit Creek Lodge. The trail is moderate in difficulty and can be hiked in three to four hours.
The Twin Arches trailhead is located on the western edge of the park off of Divide Road in Tennessee. We will hike both loops. The first loop descends 200 ft to the Arches. The second loop descends 400 ft to Charit Creek Lodge then climbs back up to the Arches. Total distance hiked will be around 6 miles. Those wanting to carpool plan to meet at the Hardee's on Buffalo Rd in Clinton (exit 122 from I75) at 7:00 a.m. Drive from there is 75 miles. Round trip 150 miles @ 10 cents/miles = $15.00 to reimburse driver. We will meet at the Twin Arches trailhead at 9:00 a.m Eastern Standard Time. Be aware that the trailhead is in the Central Time Zone and cell coverage is very spotty. If you use Google maps it may be best to download directions ahead of time.
Upon registration, contact the leader to help determine who is carpooling and who is meeting at trailhead.
Leader: Randy Mitchell
Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.
Smoky Mountains Hiking Club
PO Box 51592
Knoxville, TN 37950-1592