Okay.... so my friend and I decided to do Welches Point first since it was really quick and we will never go back. I don't know if it was the 12 mile gravel road, the fact that we didn't see one person anywhere or the fact that we heard funky noises throughout the woods the whole time... but it was creepy. Don't go here alone! And send someone your location to be safe.
Unless you've been hiking before, I wouldn't suggest this one as a first time hike. It's personally one of my favorite trails in TN! It has a lot to offer as far as scenery- the overlook, a few different falls (Virgin Falls being the main one), some caves, and a river. The hike back up is quite the workout but it's a great day hike or even a good spot to camp overnight. I've done both and loved it!!
Wonderfu! The river is dry And because of that some falls that you could see on the way to Virgin falls are dry. It took me 2 hours to get there and 2 hours to come back but some hikers told me is a 3-4 hours hike back because is up hill. The Virgin Falls have water and is amazing ! I love it! Is a little hard hike but I would do it again! My GPS couldn't get me to the parking lot but I kept driving straight on that unpaved road and I found. Info about cascade and hike are few steps inside the trail. Enjoy
One of the most beautiful hikes we've done in middle or east TN. Lots of bear activity, and a great workout coming back from the falls. Only downside is that the trail was a downward slope before it took you uphill. For me, that meant my legs hadn't warmed up to stabilize my knees and ankles so I walked away pretty sore.
We went this past weekend and had a great time! We had originally planned on camping at Big Laurel but ended up going to Caney Fork and it was not a disappointment! I was very glad that we had decided to camp because we are new to this and the hike in wasn't too bad but the hike out wore us out! All around great trip with very clean trails.
Hike down isn't too bad, legs were shaky and was ready to get to the falls. The hike out was pretty rough. With two 30 minute breaks and about and hour and a half at the waterfall, it took around 7 hours. (Decent pace). But really beautiful scenery. I would recommend working up to the hike.
Well where do I start! We never found the outlook but we did find a body of water that was at the bottom of the mountain which is a 2 mile drop. The drop is very steep and the incline according to my Fitbit is the same as climbing 73 flights of stairs on the way back up! I would say the trail was definitely moderate to difficult at times. When we finished we had completed 4.17 miles but we went back up the same way we came down! We didn't see any adjoining trails to come back around and if there was any they were not marked! It was a great work out but not much to see! It needs better markings or signage for the way to go for the bluff! I probably won't do it again but I got my 10000 steps in and had fun with my friends! Even the dog was exhausted and kept laying down in the way back up the mountain! Hahah
This was an amazing trail. We went in mid-August, so there was not a lot of water, but the falls, and then the view from the top of the falls, were spectacular! Make sure you take the small trail to the top of the falls to enjoy the coolness of the cave up there!
Today was my first visit to Virgin Falls. I would consider this trail moderate to strenuous. The trail, in my option, is very rough- tons of rocks and roots . We did all the extra loops and Spurs and it came out to 10.8 miles(I highly recommend the sheep cave and upper falls spur). It did take a little over 6 hours to complete the hike. The upper creeks and first fall were dry. Virgin Falls was still gorgeous and well worth the hike. Make sure you take plenty of water, where adequate shoes and I wouldn't advise it for children. We completed our hike in a single day, camping would make it easier.