Explore the most popular trails near Sparta with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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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
4 days 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
5 days 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

Short hike but worth it! Waterfall was amazing. The cave is to the left off the trail on the way back to the parking lot. It was closed for hibernating bats just a couple days ago when I was there. It isnt as hard to find as I had read- there are signs for it on the road.

awesome moderate hike.

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

trail running
2 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
2 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
2 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!

love this trail!! It's strenuous but oh so worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

Really nice trail. beautiful caves and waterfalls. Looking forward to coming back and camping and exploring the rest.

backpacking
2 months ago

I did it with a 50 pound pack it was rough on the way back but was a beautiful trial

backpacking
3 months ago

Beautiful with a neat cave to explore

backpacking
3 months ago

Second time being here still a good trail somewhat tough in spots. Not a lot of water this time but it’s always good getting down to the Caney River to stay the night. Only downfall now is if you haven’t been in awhile make sure you call and make reservations if your staying over night. 3$ a night and a 5$ reservation fee. (423)-881-3297. But in all still a great trail.

Beautiful Hike! A little tricky to navigate, but just keep you head up and you'll be fine :)
Trail head is two post one with red and one with blue. After 1-1.5 mile you'll see a sign to turn left and a rock cairn. Then look for the little orange hiking men blazes on the trees to your left. Stay aware the entire time and you won't get lost.

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