Voyage Through Vegetation to Virgin Falls
Clocking in at just under nine miles round trip, the hike to Virgin Falls is a strenuous trek, but completely worth it once you catch a glimpse of the 110-foot waterfall!
Located in a 1,157-acre natural area in White County, Virgin Falls emerges from a cave, drops over a 110-foot high cliff, and then disappears into another cave at the bottom of the sink. Of note—the caves are closed to recreational use, so don't try and pull an Indiana Jones!
The strenuous nine-mile round trip hike includes a 900-foot descent on a rocky path with uneven footing, so be sure to allow five to nine hours for the hike (and start early in the day!). The trail will pass by small rock houses, boulder fields, sinks and caves en route to the main attraction, and if you are feeling especially adventurous, there are designated camping sites off the trail (but no camping above the falls). You'll also find a variety of trees, from oaks, maples, hickories and sycamores, as well as shrubs with wild blueberries and magnolias.
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Virgin Falls Parking lot
Sparta, TN 38583