Virgin Falls Trail

HARD 299 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

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

muddy

rocky

backpacking
13 minutes ago

Backpack

hiking
2 days ago

The Hard difficulty rating definitely fits for virgin falls, but if you are up to the challenge then you're in for a treat. Virgin Falls was stunning and the sheer size of it alone is impressive. At the base of the falls there is a cave of some sort, be careful with pets and small children. This is one heck of a hike for an experienced hiker, or someone who wants a challenge. It's worth it I promise.

hiking
10 days ago

The hike to Virgin Falls is easy since it's all downhill but the hike back is definitely harder. We went straight to Virgin Falls then hiked out to Sheep's Cave and back. If you decide to check out Sheep's Cave be warned that there's an old logging trail by the cave that looks like the main trail but isn't. The main trail actually splits off before you get to Sheep's Cave and is sorta behind this big boulder. If you've passed Sheep's Cave and the trail starts disappearing/looking really sketch you're on the wrong trail and should turn back. The man at the beginning warned us that the trail gets confusing around Sheep's Cave and that we should stick to the trail markings but the trail markings around Sheep's Cave aren't really well-maintained. Fortunately we ran into another group of hikers while lost on the logging trail and they helped us get back.

Other than that this is a p fun hike. Virgin Falls is really pretty and there's a few cool waterfalls leading up to it. We were only out for a day hike but it seems like there's a ton of camping spots around Virgin Falls and along the whole trail. (The cavern behind Big Laurel Falls seems like it would be a really neat place to camp in in particular) The main trail is pretty well-maintained for the most part and not too crowded even though we went on a beautiful Saturday. So far this is one of the nicest hikes I've been on in Tennessee so if you're looking to hike around here I'd recommend it!

11 days ago

16 days ago

Absolutely wonderful trail. Well maintained, great scenery and options. The waterfalls are breathtaking.

hiking
17 days ago

We went on the "Martha's Pretty Place" trail. It's 5 miles round trip. Has some long hills, not overly strenuous. A lot of it is like an old logging road with large rocky gravel. You have to pay attention.
Will try the main Virgin Falls trail next time.

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27 days ago

this was a great trail, it's listed as strenuous and at about the 2 mile mark, you'll see why. it's not super difficult, just a lot of rocks and if wet, very slippery. If you are going to camp at virgin falls, consider going to the top of the falls, there is a camp site up there
....really really cool.

hiking
28 days ago

Beautiful hike, would definitely reccomend. I'm a beginner and Virgin Falls was actually my first real hike. Due to not being in good shape at the moment the hike back up was rough due to it being mostly uphill but it was still well worth it! Definitely take the spur trails to the Overlook and Sheep Cave. I went during a dry week so Big Laurel Falls (about 2 miles in) wasn't too impressive but was still nice to dip my head under to cool off. The real prize is making it to Virgin Falls, the sheer power of the falls was gorgeous. Took me and a friend 6 hours to complete with breaks being taken at the overlook, sheep cave, and Virgin Falls.

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1 month ago

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1 month 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.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago