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The falls and caves were absolutely beautiful! Most of the water at the beginning was dried up but the 2 big falls were very pretty. I would recommend hiking to virgin falls, camping there, and hiking back the next day. It was a little too strenuous for a one day trip.

Beautiful, short hike. The falls are gorgeous. We went into the cave to see the waterfall in there. It was about half a mile back in pitch black. When we finally got to the point where the falls were (we could hear them but not see them) we were not sure how to get over to them. The falls go into a big, deep basin and falling is probable if you are not careful. The cave hike is NOT for children. Make sure you have a strong flashlight and fresh batteries.

Be sure to check out Ryland Cascades also. These are located past the parking area on the left side of the road. There is a small pull off where you can park and then take the half mile trail to the falls.

Took the wrong trail head...got lost and had to take an atv trail back to the main road. ran into wild hogs, somehow avoided getting attacked. Strange experience...

The last part of the trail on the way back is hump busting, but it is worth every step. The water falls are beautiful (especially Big Laurel and Virgin Falls) and the wading pools are filled with crystal clear water. It may be one of the most strenuous trails I have hiked, but it is certainly one of the most beautiful!

The waterfall is beautiful and the cave is awesome. However, because of the rocks it's very difficult to explore the cave with young children.

several different waterfalls here. you can do lots of exploring here too. Several different spots to swim in. Also a couple cliff diving spots.

Truly an amazing hike! God's grandeur is seen in every step! Big Laurel Falls is awesome- be sure to check out the cave the falls comes over. We played with the idea of turning back after that falls because, "how could it get better?" But Virgin falls is truly the jewel in this crown! Such a beautiful waterfall with incredible and majestic force!
The way back out is definitely more challenging but just be sure to give yourself plenty of time on this hike to check everything out!

This place was awesome. Best on the trip so far. We went sooooo far into he cave!!!

tough trail.