Immediately off Divide Road, a left turn will bypass the Middle Creek Nature Loop Trail and take you straight to the Middle Creek - Slave Falls Connector. Stay straight, as the Nature Loop Trail features numerous cliff walls and rock houses.
002 - Trail follows old road
Location: 36.5273293, -84.7957098
The start of this trail is a nearly straight section of old road/horse path.
Trail turns left
Location: 36.525217, -84.7957715
Trail takes a left turn off the "road" onto more of a traditional walking path of the Middle Creek Nature Trail. Watch for these posts and green blazes.
Cross a plank bridge
Location: 36.5238807, -84.7936928
Location: 36.5246394, -84.7908175
One of many rock overhangs/cliff walls that you're treated to on this segment of the trail.
020 - Plank bridge over small stream
Location: 36.5270228, -84.7937757
021 - Large rock house
Location: 36.527519, -84.7939718
Photo from inside the large rock house. Small waterfall dripping on rhododendron.
Video: rock house
Location: 36.5275125, -84.7938819
Rock house and small waterfall
Tree growing out of boulder
Location: 36.5295644, -84.7923879
Location: 36.5296915, -84.7925274
Waterfall at this sharp turn in the trail
Location: 36.5301226, -84.787277
Continue straight toward Sawmill Trailhead
Location: 36.5282561, -84.7795844
Turn left to continue toward Ridge Fork Road and Slave Falls. Right will take you to Laurel Fork Creek Trail.
Cross gravel road
Location: 36.5282626, -84.7793873
Cross gravel road and continue toward Slave Falls
Ridge Fork Road
Location: 36.5283337, -84.7793873
Looking north on Ridge Fork Road while crossing
Continue toward Slave Falls
Location: 36.5282604, -84.7793175
Bridge over small creek
Location: 36.5293984, -84.7723854
Location: 36.5307131, -84.7664711
Junction of Slave Falls and Middle Creek to Slave Falls trails. Stay straight toward Slave Falls.
Location: 36.5301872, -84.7660902
Continue straight to Needle Arch and to approach Slave Falls from the north. Turn left to head directly to Slave Falls.
Cliff walls and overhangs
Location: 36.5316054, -84.7669646
Sheer cliff walls and overhangs on the approach to Slave Falls
Location: 36.5318295, -84.7670612
Catching water droplets under Slave Falls
Location: 36.5318015, -84.767139
Location: 36.5322477, -84.7656879
Begin Slave Falls to Charit Creek Trail
Water pouring off hill
Location: 36.5318899, -84.7657415
Water pouring off the hill and into the creek
036 - Mark: let's discuss these
Location: 36.5327637, -84.7615773
Location: 36.5320992, -84.7580885
Trail follows creek
Location: 36.53328, -84.7477774
The trail follows the creek along this stretch
Location: 36.5346011, -84.7461507
Plank bridges cross marshy land
Bridge crosses creeks
Location: 36.5363812, -84.7448337
Location: 36.536614, -84.7450604
Intersection of Slave Falls to Charit Creek Trail and Twin Arches Loop. Turn left to hike the loop clockwise.
Location: 36.5368489, -84.7456022
Former site of Jake's Place homestead. Home was disassembled and logs were used to construct the Charit Creek Hostel. Pieces of the stone chimney remain.
Location: 36.5377605, -84.7455163
Bridge crossing creek
044 - Trail begins ascent
Location: 36.5379333, -84.7454669
Location: 36.5409068, -84.7455713
Hole in the roof
Location: 36.5416826, -84.7436804
Water drips through hole in the roof of this rock house, a fine resting spot.
Large rock overhang
Location: 36.5426911, -84.7422963
Trail takes you through this large rock overhang where hundreds of boulders have crashed to the floor
Location: 36.5419899, -84.7361238
Approaching North Arch
Location: 36.5419412, -84.7359556
Approaching the North Arch
Under North Arch
Location: 36.5419153, -84.7356847
Heading east will continue the Twin Arches loop toward Charit Creek Hostel
North or South Arch
Location: 36.5418421, -84.7351925
Approaching South Arch
Location: 36.5415749, -84.7353239
South Arch Panorama
Location: 36.5413249, -84.7355345
Stairway to trailhead
Location: 36.5420188, -84.7358255
Stairway leading from the trail on top of the north arch to the parking lot
Location: 36.5443556, -84.7416923
Twin Arches trailhead restroom
Location: 36.544443, -84.7417398
Location: 36.5406396, -84.7357196
Explore under, around, and over both the North and South arches. There is at least one short, passable cave under the South Arch.