Virgin Falls State Natural Area, Sparta

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Waterfall · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
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  • Great hike! It is deemed strenuous and I would say it is hard but so worth it. Will come back for sure! Will do backcountry camping for sure! We enjoyed Big Branch falls, Great Laurel falls and...  more »
  • Starts in a flat pine forest but don't worry, you leave the mundane soon enough. There's a beautiful creek crossing (where backpackers can stay) , then down down to a steep spot to the first...  more »
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  • Just a fantastic hiking area.the long trail to virgin falls is tough but worth the effort.the first mile is pretty but then you cross a creek on boulders and it quickly turns into a wow trail.tall rock formations on your right and a large creek with huge boulders on the left.if you go the distance you will see 2 falls with caves,and lots of pretty scenery in betweenjust watch your step on the rocks and bring water and a snack.its one of the best around.you won't find better till the smoky mountains national park. Make sure to take the short spur trails near the falls.one goes right to sheep cave( if you take it that makes 3 caves) and one at the falls goes to the top where the water for the falls comes out of a cave.WOW.well maintained trails make for happy hiking.allow app. 5 hours give or take for your fitness level, and a little extra for a stop at the falls to eat a bite.f.y.i. no facilities(Porto potty) and not much around so bring what you need.
  • An amazing trail and many falls along the way. Parking is limited, so get early. There are numerous camping sites along the way, which makes it a great experience in particular if 8.5 miles (not including sub trails) is too much for one day. The falls at the end are breathtaking, worth the effort. Bring lots of water, dinne snacks and bug spray.

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