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“Must be a Native American Sacred Place”
Review of Twin Arches

Twin Arches
Ranked #2 of 9 things to do in Oneida
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Nashville, Tennessee
Level 6 Contributor
224 reviews
102 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Must be a Native American Sacred Place”
Reviewed October 23, 2013

The round-trip hike of 1.4 miles is a small sacrifice for what you see when you arrive here. Step softly because you can feel the moccasined feet who went before you. You can walk on top of these arches and under them. There is even a cave at the end of one of them. I would rate the difficulty of the hike as moderate. You do have to climb or go down steep ladders & stairs. But well worth the effort. We visit these arches once a year.

Visited October 2013
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English first
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Beautiful arches”
Reviewed October 10, 2013 via mobile

My son (he is 10) and I walked the trail and back with no problems. It was easy to find, the signs took us straight there but it took longer to get there than it did to hike and enjoy. There was a lot of shade so it wasn't too hot and the steep stairs had a railing for support

1 Thank Lovetheisland7
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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Natural Arches are Amazing”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

This is an amazing site. It's a remote and ends in a long drive down a gravel road, but worth the time if you like natural wonders.

The hike there isn't long, but not for the infirm or for very young children (think 40+ ft. sheer cliffs just off the path). The path starts down to the left from the parking lot. About 1/10th of a mile in, you have a choice to go left or right. If you go left you descend below the arches and come back up. If you go right, you traverse the top of the ridge and come down on top of one of the arches. If you are scared of heights, don't go to the right (ridge path). The ridge path is a bit easier to hike, however.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Greg M
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Jamestown, Tennessee
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Twin Arches is Most Impressive View”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

The trail down to the Twin Arches is about .7 miles one way, and rated easy until you get to the steep wooden stairs that descends about 25 feet to below the bluff. The trail continues to descend and wind through very beautiful hardwoods just below the bluff line. When you first see the North Arch, you will gasp in unbelief, and as you approach the arch, the huge sandstone formation is truly amazing. The South Arch is just as impressive, and is only a few hundred yards from the North Arch. The hardest part of the hike is climbing the steps on the return trip. First, you climb 60 or more steps to the top of the arch. The trail then goes along the top of the arch to another more challenging set of steps and you eventually merge with the trail going back to the trailhead.

Visited August 2013
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Tennessee, United States
Level 6 Contributor
161 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Very Cool Place, Very Unique!”
Reviewed August 21, 2013

You may not find another place in the world quite like it, the inspired beauty of this spot is amazing! You have to see the arches in person to get a grasp of their scale, and also to think about how they were actually formed and how long it must have taken. It's an amazing display of the power of nature.

I highly recommend driving to the North parking area and taking the short trail down to the arches, especially if you are not physically up for a long hike from the south side. Any of the park rangers should be able to give you directions to this parking area, the road is gravel all the way and you don't need 4WD, we drove it in a minivan with no problem.

Visited July 2013
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