great trail. well marked but also challenging. well worth the hike. I did an over night trip and the areas to set up a twnt are great and right nest to the fall. I would not recommend this hike for kids.

hiking
16 days ago

Wonderful hike with 3 beautiful falls to enjoy and a couple of caves. The last mile to Virgin Falls is a booty kicker but so worth it!

hiking
20 days ago

Moderate difficulty. Crowded on weekends ;solitude during the week. Definitely the crown jewel of this area. Unique geological features. Great waterfalls. Spectacular hiking experience beyond the initial mile walk in. Should be on every hiker's list.

Moderate difficulty. Good solitude. Not well marked. Several scenic falls, Yellow Bluff overlook, rock outcroppings, & segment along the river make this a compelling hike. Hollway Rock House good camping spot. However, much of the "trail"is on old logging roads and not appealing. A segment along the Caney Fork was non-existent. Just keep moving south and up through boulder fields & you'll find the trail. At the end you are unceremoniously dumped onto Scott Gulf Rd & a half mile road walk to the trailhead. Interesting afternoon, but there are better hikes in the area.

Absolutely awesome!

I want to start by saying take heed to the Hard rating. Even the trail head sign says STRENUOUS. It doesn’t appear to be until about 2 miles in, so don’t be fooled. Lots of stairs and ups and downs. Be mindful of the time it takes to get in and out. The rangers had to wait on people to come out after dark. It took us about 6 hours round trip with several stops along the way. About 2.5 hours, with a few stops to appreciate the scenery, from the falls back to the parking lot. That said, this is definitely at the top of my list. It is such a beautiful reward to get to. We were fortunate that the warmth had not taken away some remaining icicles, which made for an even more incredible first trip here and Beautiful photo opportunities as well. Not too heavily trafficked for a perfect day of mid 60s. We saw about 12 others the entire trip so considering the distance isn’t bad, for us at least. My son chose this to work on his BS hiking merit badge and he loved it. I will definitely be going back. It’s worth it for sure.

Amazing, the waterfalls are definitely worth the challenging hike. I went a few days after the area received about 3 in. of snow. Most of it had melted by then, but the waterfalls still had huge icicles hanging from the rocks, which was an amazing way to experience seeing them for the first time. The first significant waterfall, Big Laurel Falls, is 2 miles into the hike. You approach the falls from above and behind, and then the trail leads down to an area beneath the falls with easy access to the cave behind it. The hike to this point is fairly easy, and Big Laurel is pretty enough to be worthy of a shorter trip for those who don’t want to go all the way to Virgin Falls. The hike becomes more of a challenge beyond this point, but it’s well worth the journey for those who are up for it. A little more than a mile from Big Laurel Falls, the trail splits. Either way takes you to Virgin Falls, and the trail to the right passes Sheep Cave and the waterfall that flows out of the cave. The short trek up to the cave is worthy of a side trip and a very short journey from the trail to Virgin Falls, less than a quarter of a mile. The trail to the left at the split offers decent scenery but is significantly more challenging, despite being a bit shorter. You’re not missing much if you avoid this section and take the trail on the right to Virgin Falls and back. Virgin Falls is much bigger than Big Laurel, and truly gorgeous. There’s a short spur trail that takes you up to the top of the falls and the cave that it flows from. It’s definitely a unique thing to see. Overall, great hike, I’d definitely do this one again.

Easy hike. Adequately marked. A lot of the "trail" is actually on road and uninspiring. A short pretty forest section at about 1.2 miles is the exception. The big payoff is Welch's point which is as beautiful as advertised. Never found Amber's "den". There is a sign indicating the direction (this is about 2.2 mi in) and 1.1 mile distance to Amber's Den near Welch's Pt. I took this fork in the woods and after 1.4 miles ended up on the banks of the Caney Fork. Pretty, but not what I was looking for. Virgin Falls definitely the better option if looking to hike in this area.

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely a top three trail in Tennessee. It's only eight miles long, not much as far as steep inclines. Went out when some of the rock were still frozen over with water, so you want to be careful when heading out in colder temps. With the overlook, the falls, and the diversity of the trail it is one of the best in the state.

hiking
1 month ago

Long, challenging hike with breathtaking views of Big Laurel and Virgin falls. Well marked throughout trek. Very rewarding experience!

Ok so I went yesterday and it was my first time at virgin falls. First off, beautiful trails and scenery, all the hardship was worth it I'm sore and the hike was hard for an out of shape person like me, but I loved every minute of it. They don't show it on the map, but there is a split .2 miles from the trailhead. Left takes you to Virgin Falls and right takes you to the overlook (Marthel Pretty Point I believe it's called). I went right. I won't go into detail about the whole thing after I got there. Anyway, if you are looking for strenuous go straight to virgin falls. If you want to have a nice relaxing hike only 2.5 miles one way to a gorgeous view, go to the overlook, but come back the way you came, it gets alot different if you make your way back down to the main trail. The way to the overlook you're following what appears to be an atv trail. It was very muddy so wear shoes you don't care to get nasty. The virgin falls trail was also beautiful of course. Both trails are in great condition.

camping
2 months ago

Never got to see the trails. Take the "hard" rating of this trail seriously, we usually carry our 100lbs of gear to the site and 4 miles is about what we can do. We barely made it a mile and had to go ahead and set up camp. The trail rating is accurate.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike with friends years ago. One beautiful scene after another. Falls were amazing. Worth the ride. Leave it beautiful please!

Great trail, good conditions, great views of falls.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike, trail was very clean, wonderful camp spot next to the falls

hiking
2 months ago

awesome moderate hike.

This is an awesome hike. And Virgin Falls... oh em gee. Beautiful! ♡

trail running
3 months ago

Great trail with three waterfalls and a lot of chances for exploring around the Caney River. The out and back typically takes about six hours - the most strenuous section is from Laurel to Big Branch. Bob at the ranger station was extremely helpful, and recommended a trip to Welch’s Point about two miles down the road.

hiking
3 months ago

Well marked trail with blazes and signage. The incline on the way out can be bit strenuous depending on fitness level. I would recommend good footwear with tees as some steep parts of the path can get slick. Overall, beautiful views. Perfect for a day hike.

backpacking
3 months ago

LOVED this place! Very beautiful the whole trail! The hike in is good hiking the middle 2 miles out is strenuous but so worth it!

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