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backpacking
19 hours ago

Beautiful with a neat cave to explore

backpacking
20 hours 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.

backpacking
3 days ago

Love this trail! Beautiful and challenging, we camped for two nights by the falls. The top of the falls is an excellent water source for filtering, less precarious than trying to collect from the falls themselves.

Giving it a 5 because I think it would have been truly amazing has there been more water. There hasn’t been much rain, so water flow was low. This was a peaceful, albeit difficult hike.

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13 days ago

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28 days ago

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Beautiful area and hike !

hiking
1 month 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.

Not a bad hike overall, nice and pretty easy with a reward at the end. I wouldn't rate it as moderate though. Trail is easy to follow, just look for the orange metal markers, signs, as well as the rock cairns that some hikers have built. There was also some pink ribbon tied to some trees, and fallen branches some people have to moved to line the trail to help mark it. Its definitely worth it to walk back down the gravel road at least once, that's where you'll find the cemetery, and it's different scenery than the "trail" trail.

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!

Great trial, the last half of the loop from the overlook to the parking area is a gravel road that you can simply drive up to the overlook. Otherwise a good trip.

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

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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1 month ago

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1 month ago

The end is really where this trail shines. There are few out and backs that have made me wish I were camping at the end of the out. This one is amongst them. The fall made it hard to turn back, and the hike back showed me no love.