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Forget all the congestion in Gatlinburg!
Our leaves are changing and our views are breath taking!

Please come see us for unforgettable hikes, trail rides, chilling out on the porch, fireside memories and more! We've missed you and we NEED your support! If you cannot make the trip - please forward to someone who might consider a great getaway close to home!

Rustic Cabins and Lodge
in the heart of Big South Fork!
"Five Lodges You Can't Reach by Car"
by Katherine Dorsett, CNN - April 19, 2011 8:07 a.m. EDT

"Beat the Heat at Charit Creek"
Sip a cool drink and come sit in the creek.

Wine now available for purhase, by the glass, during the dinner hour only.

Enjoy Peaceful Wilderness Serenity at Charit Creek Lodge

Accessible trails to Charit Creek Lodge
by Hiking or Horseback
Group Retreats (horseback riders, family outings, corporate, church)
Weddings by the creek with serene mountain views

Charit Creek is a rustic wilderness lodge located in the valley in the heart of Big South Fork National River & Recreational Area. The buildings are on the National Historic Register and are the oldest buildings still being utilized nation wide inside the park system.

Charit Creek Lodge offers two options: full-service and hostel lodging. Click here for rates and policies.
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For more information or reservations email us at or call 931-879-2776.


Our hearty meals are made fresh daily. Dinner is served at 6pm and breakfast at 7am (central standard time). After a day at Big South Fork enjoy volleyball, horseshoes, sit by the crackling fire or relax in the hammock beside a rushing creek.

There is no electricity at Charit Creek Lodge, but each room is equipped with a wood stove and kerosene lamp (bring a flashlight). We also provide comfortable beds and clean bed linens (bring your own towels). Sack lunches are available for day hikers/riders by reservation 3 days in advance.

Charit Creek Lodge has clean restroom facilities. Showers are available seasonally.

For equestrian guests, there are 11 new 10'x10' horse stalls and tie out (both include hay).

Horseback rides to Charit Creek Lodge can be arranged through Southeast Pack Trips.


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Give us a call to reserve your peaceful wilderness vacation at 931-879-2776 today.
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Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is located in northern middle Tennessee.

Trails & Maps (compliments of the National Park Service)...Big South Fork Trail Maps

Charit Creek Lodge Trailhead
Located at the end of Fork Ridge Road and only .8 miles to hostel crossing one set of steps and a swinging bridge over Station Camp Creek.

Twin Arches and Twin Arches Loop
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. Trail Map (150 kb)

Slave Falls/Needle Arch
This short, easy hike includes a good view of a 60 foot waterfall as well as a natural arch. The hike is approximately 1.5 miles one way and can be done in about an hour. There may be very little water coming over the falls in late summer and fall but the hike is still worthwhile. Trail Map (150 kb)

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