Tennessee Landforms -- arches and natural bridges
35.547960 -85.007985
35° 32.878'N 85° 0.479'W
35° 32' 52.7"N 85° 0' 28.7"W
16S 680566E 3935638N
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Gooch Creek Arch 78x45

Waypoint: RHA001 35.547960,-85.007985
County: Rhea   landforms of Rhea county
NABSQNO 16S-680566-3935638
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References: JNAD:TENN-58, C/P:16

Corgan/Parks couldn't locate this arch, but we found it using the description in Nelson (TN Geological Survery Resources v. 5, no. 2, 1915, pp. 76-80). This massive arch is off-trail on Bowaters land east of the Laurel-Snow Pocket Wilderness . Paine Creek used to be named Gooch Creek (see 1910 topo map).

There are also some gravity arches/windows along the same bluff line at the mouth of Paine Creek.


The trail to Laurel Falls also goes through a rock "arch" (leaner), Fat Man's Squeeze, at 35.54633,-85.02775.

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