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Address: Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Oneida, TN
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Hiked the Loop from Charit Creek Lodge

What a great hiking experience! I was somewhat prepared for the massive Arches (although I still found them awe inspiring), but I wasn't prepared for the huge bluffs leading up to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Emily A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a great hiking experience! I was somewhat prepared for the massive Arches (although I still found them awe inspiring), but I wasn't prepared for the huge bluffs leading up to the Arches. Great photo opportunities for those who are into wildlife/wildflower/geological feature photography. It seemed really busy around the Arch, but other than right near the Arch, we passed... More 

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Thank Emily A
McMinnville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Definitely a 10. But, because of lack of sufficient trail signs (no signs), I hiked almost 2 miles out of my way, and decided to give this a 0. Compromise = a 5!! Really, this was worth every minute of the extended hike. Awesome! Please put up more trail signs --or at least one or two for those of us... More 

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Thank Ann M
Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

We did the 6.0 + mile Arch Loop Hike and loved every minute of it. The arches are a beautiful sight to behold. You can also do the 1.4 mile roundtrip hike just to see the arches. There are lots of steep stairs on the trail. I am in love. We climbed on top of the arch and watched the... More 

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Thank SmurfySmurfette80
Shelbyville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 20 January 2017

The trail to the Twin Arches is a great hike. Not too strenuous but enough to not be boring. The arches are amazing to see and walk through and climb the stairs to see the views from above.

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Thank thurbers
Honey Brook, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 3 January 2017

tAs per other review when the trail splits take the right fork to go around the loop to get to the arches there are a lot of stairs but you are going down. On the way back there are less stairs to go up but the ones that you did go up were extremely steep just shy of a ladder.... More 

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Thank Tracy O
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Reviewed 29 December 2016

Did this hike one morning in October. There are two ways to get there, we did one on the way there, and the other on the return. Very scenic! There are stairs, but you can take your time climbing. Most of the trail is fairly easy, but a few spots are harder. Well worth the hike!

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Thank Diana S
Salisbury, North Carolina
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Reviewed 9 November 2016

In early November I travelled to the Big South Fork National Recreation Area to add another national park service location to my list of places visited. Overall the visit was slightly disappointing since many of the locations that I wanted to see were at less than their full glory- The region was suffering from a water shortage and the waterfalls... More 

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Thank wewhynot
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Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

You need to drive back a few miles on a dirt road (Divide Road) to get to the trail head. It's a well kept road, but your car is gonna get dirty. You can make this a short loop hike to the Arches or an all day loop hike covering an old lodge and multiple rock shelters. Either direction of... More 

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Varenna, Lombardia, Italy
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Reviewed 18 August 2016

Amazing arches and rock formations. The trail is well kept and there is a great picnic area and loo at the parking.

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Thank Stacy K
Lawrenceville, Georgia
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Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

I was thinking that BSF was going to be similar to the smokies, but it was very different. The Twin Arches are a must see as is the rest of the loop hike. Be sure to stop at the Charit Creek Lodge for a snack, everyone there very friendly. On the loop back there is a spur trail 1.5 miles... More 

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