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Great hike. improvements are continuing to be made.

hiking
16 hours ago

VERY STRENUOUS!! VERY WORTHWHILE!! Please make sure to bring a backpack with hydration & snacks. Heavily inclined.

Great trail but it's closed past Sycamore Falls which was only around 2 miles in. Looking forward to going back after the gas line has been repaired.

Lots of wildlife seen a lot of deer. Really liked the top

Bugs were bad but well worth the fight to get to cave. VERY BEAUTIFUL!!! Make sure and get your permit and gate passcode ahead of time. Could not get signal at gate had to drive east to Limrock to get a signal. Well worth the trouble though

Very enjoyable trail. The portion along the creek was very pretty.

Some parts of the trail were well maintained, especially the Natchez Trail sections, others were not. At least one part along the trail meet up with a bathroom and water fountain which was nice. A good section followed a large Creek with a couple places you could take a break a cool off in.

Enjoyed the beautiful trails and scenery

Part of trail unknowingly closed "until September" after I read it supposedly opened around August 1st. Arrived at 5pm from 4 hrs travelling, and a citation issued on the windshield of our car the following morning for camping d/t campsite being closed, but too far in to hike out after arrival. Embarrassed to be escorted out (on our way out) by Park Rangers (eldest with 3 months experience after telling us we would be cleared of citation for not actually having been 'found camping.') Beautiful sights, however. Do your research more in depth than I did, apparently, before staying here or hiking past 5pm.

on Virgin Falls Trail

hiking
4 days ago

First hike for us. Grueling hike back but it was definitely worth it. We did this in eight hours including closing out the day at Welch’s Point. Will definitely go back to camp! We played in the falls at Laurel Creek and explored the cave behind it. Hiking down to bottom of Virgin Falls was breathtaking. Beautiful and powerful!!

Not gonna lie, this trail is tough. Deserves the hard rating. The description says the trail is 6.6 miles, but my tracker says it was 8.8 miles. It’s not a loop trail, you go up the same way you come down. The initial descent is easy, but it was completely uphill on the way back. I felt like it would never end and we would never get there. Make sure you bring more than enough water. I brought a filled 17 oz bottle and four regular sized water bottles, and that wasn’t enough. I would bring 6-8 bottles. The elevation gain is intense on the way back up. You should probably be in fairly good shape to hike this trail. I would go in the fall because it was really hot during the summer. Also, wear bug spray. Bugs are flying around you just about every second you’re hiking. And while going down the trail you walk into spiderwebs pretty much the whole time. Some of it is overgrown, so I’d be sure to check yourself and others for ticks when you get done. The views were decent, but not the best. It was just an okay hike, not really worth it in my opinion.

Did this hike a few weeks back, for the first time. By the time we went back and explored a bit at all the main "sites" of the trail, it ended up being 11.3 miles. The hike itself was pretty but the falls, both at the bottom and the top are definitely a site to see. I highly recommend going being the falls, just be very careful.... there's a crazy drop down into some kind of underwater river system. Its just neat to see. will definitely be back. I don't have a ton of "difficult" hiking experience, but I'm a very active person & at times I struggled. It took us 6:14 to complete by the time we stopped for lunch and messed around at the various sites. If we were focused, we could have easily done it in under 5. We will definitely be back, loved this hike!

Most of the trail is meh, the falls are great. Be sure to keep going back until you see the large drop off that’s impassable.

Great trail! Section along the river is far better than the rim overlooking it. If you like waterfalls, rivers, cool rock formations, you will love this one. If not, why are you hiking?

great trail. return trip kicks your ass. take your time it's all up hill

Contrary to some posts this is a kid friendly hike, IF you’ve prepared and purchased actual hiking boots. Kids in sneakers just won’t make it. My husband and i took our 6 year old and he loved it (this was his third hike and the most intense). There were a few muddy/slippery spots but that’s to be expected. We were also able to hike down into the cave (wet rocks and mud) and our son had no issues, we loved it!

Make sure you bring your bug spray though! We forgot and the mosquitoes were in full effect.

You need to get a permit for everyone on the hike, they’re free and have the access code to the gate you need for entry.

hiking
9 days ago

I found it strenuous but once you hit the falls it is so worth it.
It took us 4 hour and 30 min round trip at an elevation of 906 ft

Once you hit the cross the path above the falls there is a cool spot perfect for a picnic

One of our favorites!

hiking
10 days ago

I wouldn't consider the trail hard. There is hardly any elevation gain and the creek crossings weren't terrible. I went late July and some of the creeks were dry or hardly had any water. Definitely wear water shoes, otherwise your shoes will be wet the entire time. I had a hard time locating the viewing area of the window cliffs. It says overlook, but usually when it says that you assume it's below you, but instead you need to look up and you will see them. Definitely missed that and had to ask another hiker. So be sure to look up!

Strictly a Mountain Bike trail. classes are held here, Races are held here,and you could get seriously hurt hiking. my top speed as a biker on this trail is 21mph on these trails. I do not reccomend hiking them. You could get hit easily and legally you would be at fault for injury to biker and property.
As a mountain bike trail this has everything you want and its getting better. They are building gaps and jumps near Jeep hill, more connectors, and fast loops. Sumner County Fave for 20yrs!

Lack of trail markings can make it a little confusing. The waterfalls are great and it’s a very easy little loop.

We hiked this trail in April 2018, the weather was decent, there’s alot of tree cover. This trail is NOT kid-friendly. When ascending the zig-zag ledges to reach the cave, our small
children (2yo and 4yo) had a very difficult time climbing and finding footholds.

There are endless opportunities for children to lose there balance, tumble off the side of the ledge, and fall to their death to the dry creek bed full of boulders and rocks. This trail would be great for older kids (10yo+) who are experienced and mindful of their trail placement. With our young children, it was a constant, fidgety nightmare of saving their lives from eminent peril.

Why continue you may ask? We were told that this trail was “easy” and “kid-friendly” by a family member. So we forged forward thinking the trail would ease up, and it did once you reached the same plateau as the cave. We also could not scale down into the serenity of the cave because it was far too steep and slippery for the children to manage.’

Agree with Moderate rating. There are about two patches that need to some maintenance/cut down and maybe some better signage toward the end of the trail. We will definitely hike it again!

11 days ago

Nice forest and very well maintained. Pretty easy and can be done about an hour. Check out the spring castle on the way back.

Nice little camp ground/ hiking and picnicking area.

Beautiful trail, make sure to bring enough water (at least 3 liters). Steep elevation gain on the way back.

walking
17 days ago

Beautiful falls and fairly easy and maintained trails.

I enjoyed this trail and I agree with the previous Hikers. It’s probably more of a Moderat trail. Lots of roots and inclines and downhill sections. We did about 10 miles without the Overlook on a day hike.

hiking
18 days ago

Absolutely beautiful!! We hiked all of Virgin Falls trail, including the Northern Overlook, Sheep Cave, Caney Fork, and Welch point on a weekend summer day. Our group ended up hiking about 11 miles including all of the little side trails. This is not an extremely difficult trail, but also not for beginners. It has steep, rocky, and rooty inclines and declines all of which is not terrible if you are fairly in shape. Our group found it to be a fun challenge. We also went at a time of low water flow. This may have made the falls slightly less dramatic if you are going to just see the falls in full force. I found it to be perfect for crossing the river at the cable crossing and for exploring the caves. We were able to go back into the caves as far as we wanted or felt comfortable without the proper gear. The falls were majestic! I highly recommend this trail and all the side trails. Bring a bathing suit and take a dip in one of the many blue holes. This trail does not disappoint.

Great scenery. Lots of rocks, some loose. They aren’t kidding when they say wear water hiking shoes. You have to go through water to get to the falls. The falls are beautiful! And worth the hike. But be careful. Expect to get wet. The swimming hole is perfect. Water temp very refreshing. Went on. Friday afternoon. Very very crowded but didn’t really slow us down.

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