Virgin Falls Trail

HARD 284 reviews

Virgin Falls Trail is a 8.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sparta, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1617 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

muddy

rocky

hiking
9 minutes ago

It is well worth the drive. It is mostly the length that makes this trail difficult. The falls were very impressive and if you are willing to get a little wet they can only truly be appreciated down at the bottom of the falls. I would also recommend taking two of the side trails, sheep cave and the overlook. Trail took about 6 1/2 hours with longer breaks at the overlook and virgin falls to enjoy the views. if you pack a flashlight and have the time sheep cave is also enjoyable to explore.

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

14 days ago

Loved this hike! The waterfall is gorgeous!! Definitely a hard one, but so worth it!

hiking
18 days ago

my second time here... May was better... July was to dry...

hiking
19 days ago

The waterfalls are absolutely gorgeous and the hike to get there was a great workout. The trails were marked well but be extremely careful on the paths along the more stagnant water as I encountered several copperhead snakes. Make sure to take the detour to visit Sheeps Cave! Great hike overall!

hiking
23 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

backpacking
24 days ago

This trail is amazing!! But definitely hard. The beginning 2 miles are wooded and downhill. The remaining 2 ish are not as wooded and the gnats are AWFUL! I had bug spray designated for small flying insects including mosquitos and those little buggers just loved buzzing right into my ears! Grrrr. But other than that, an amazing trail. The falls would be bigger right after a rain too

26 days ago

Great trail with lots of water features, caves and wonderful overlook at Martha's pretty point. Back country camps all over the trail. Love this place!

hiking
27 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

hiking
30 days ago

Great hike! You need to be in decent shape if your going to do the entire trail in one day. Also, beware of the drop off behind Virgin Falls. It drops behind the falls guessing about 80 foot down into a pool. Very awesome!!!!!! But be careful.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely a beautiful site bit the trail can be hard specially if not used to hard trails.

1 month ago

not a day hike for the beginer. im not saying you can't do it but, be prepared to be exhausted. Excellent overnight area. good trail. Scenery is awesome. A water flow comes out of the top of the mtn flows over a fall and into a cave. Pretty awesome site to see.

1 month ago

Great trail that packs a lot of punch in ten miles. The trail from Big Laurel Falls down to Virgin Falls is incredible. Plenty of waterfalls, cliffs, caves. Be careful of snakes, we seen a decent sized Copperhead stretched across the trail-only .5 mile south of the parking lot.

Not the toughest hike I've done, but you need to have some done some hiking and be in somewhat good shape. The climb out of Big Laurel is pretty steep and rocky. Check out Martha's Pretty Point overlook-great views of Scotts Gulf.

hiking
1 month ago

Wow! What a great place. Let me start off by saying this is a Tough Hike. DO NOT underestimate it at all. If you are not in good shape it is going to take you a lot more than 5 hours and there are some parts of the trail that is going to hurt you. So be aware. Other then that. This hike is loaded with gems. The longer you walk the more spectacular things to see. 3 water falls plus little ones too. A spectacular overlook, Caves and Cave Camping. It's all here.
Trail is marked very good Though there were a couple place that could be better. The clearings were good. I advise hiking down to camp and spend a day enjoying all this place has to offer I will do this adventure again.