Event Information
Charit Creek Lodge Getaway
Big South Fork
Saturday, Dec 9, 2017 7:30 AM - Saturday, Dec 9, 2017 12:00 PM
Enjoy a relaxing evening, away from the busy chaos of civilation, at the rustic Charit Creek Lodge in The Big South Fork. Enjoy a weekend of hiking, campfire, and astounding fall colors!

Cost: $90 Members, $110 Non-Members
Limited to 11 participants
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Looking for an excuse to getaway to one of Tennessee's most beloved natural areas? Treat yourself to a rustic weekend with friends on the trail. Leave early Saturday morning and stay at the secluded Charit Creek Lodge, away from the busy sounds of civilization, and only accessible by foot, bike, or horse. We'll hike a full day through the Big South Fork National Recreation Area for scenic views of one of the most beautiful parks in Tennessee, and end the day with a fantastic home-cooked meal at the newly-renovated lodge! The trip price includes one night's lodging, full dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday, access to heated showers, comfortable beds with linens, all other lodge amenities, and state and local sales and lodging taxes.

When: Saturday, December 9th -10th, 7:30am (Carpool) or 10:30am (Trailhead)
Where: Charit Creek Lodge at Big South Fork
Cost: $105 Members, $120 Non-Members

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Difficulty: This event is beginner-friendly. Participants must have the ability to hike 5-6 miles while carrying a light backpack (though we may actually hike a shorter distance). The hike does include some uphill and downhill sections.
Registration Deadline: The deadline to register for this event is Wednesday, December 6th at 3pm.
Group Size: This group is limited to 11 participants & 1 trip leader

Parking: Information will be provided in the confirmation email upon registration.


Children Policy: This event is open to participants 18 and older.
Dog Policy: Friendly dogs are permitted on this trip, but the National Park Service requires them to be leashed while on the trails.
Weather Policy: This event is rain or shine. Your trip leader will contact you if severe weather is expected with more information.
Cancellation Policy: There is a 10% cancellation fee for this trip. No refunds after November 18th.


Charit Creek Lodge offers congenial accommodations and hearty meals without disturbing the nature you’ve come to enjoy. After a true country dinner, sit back in your front porch rocker and see a full display of stars, listen to the stream, and watch the firefly display; no hum of machinery or bright electric light to interfere. Each morning, wake to the smell of fresh coffee on the stove.

Located where Charit Creek and Station Camp Creek meet, the lodge rests in a beautiful pasture framed by magnificent bluffs. This valley has given shelter to travelers in the Big South Fork since it was a hunting camp inhabited by Native Americans. One hunter, Jonathan Blevins, built the first cabin in Big South Fork in 1817. His log structure still stands as part of the lodge today!

Accommodations: Charit Creek Lodge is a rustic cabin with wood burning stove and bunk beds. The cabin features a volleyball net and other games for entertainment, and has bathrooms and showers on-site. Bedding (pillows, blankets and sheets) is included in the trip price. Dinner on Saturday night and breakfast on Sunday morning are also included in the price, and will be home-cooked by Charit Creek Lodge’s chef upon our arrival. The lodge has recently been renovated, so this is a great time to experience all that the park has to offer!


We will meet for carpool in Nashville at 7:30am on Saturday. Expect a 3-hour drive to Charit Creek Lodge. This event takes place on the border between CST & EST. We will meet at the trailhead, leaving our cars behind, to hike in to the Lodge. Expect a reasonably short hike to the Lodge (it's about 1.5 miles from the parking lot to the Lodge). Please bring a lunch, as we'll rest at the Lodge for lunch upon arrival before taking a day hike to the Twin Arches, one of the most incredible natural features in the park. Participants can also choose to stay at the cabin for a relaxing afternoon. Around 6pm, we’ll all gather for a home-cooked meal at the Lodge, and then enjoy the evening sitting around a campfire, gazing at the stars, or relaxing around the cabin. In the morning we will awake to a true country breakfast at the lodge and pack up our belongings. Participants can choose either to hike directly back to the cars and head home, or take a longer trail back to the cars, enjoying the beauty of the park along the way.

This price includes full-service lodging for one night in the cabin (beds, linens/pillows, bathroom/heated shower), as well as two home-cooked meals (dinner and breakfast). We will be staying in a detached cabin (the nicer of the two options available to guests), and the price also includes 9.5% state sales tax and 5% state lodging tax.


Trip cost includes:

  • One night lodging in a private group cabin
  • One dinner
  • One breakfast
  • State sales tax and lodging tax
  • All Charit Creek Lodge amenities, including heated bathrooms and showers, linens, beds, and other Lodge activities

If you have questions on pricing or accommodations, please email TeamGreen@Lightning100.com.