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Virgin Falls

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April 9 @ 8:00 am 5:00 pm

Virgin Falls near Sparta, TN

Description: We will meet at the McDonald’s in Sparta TN at 9:00 a.m. and drive to the trailhead which is approximately 14 miles away. Not only do you see the spectacular Virgin Falls but you will see Big Branch Falls, Big Laurel Falls, Sheep Cave Falls and a great overlook of the Caney Fork Gulf up on Martha’s Pretty Point. Virgin Falls is a beautiful, almost mystical waterfall due undoubtedly in part to its origin; it emerges from one cave and drops 110 feet over some highly sculpted bluffs and then disappears into another cave below. It is situated in a big “sink” or karst feature, and there is no visible surface flow from the area–all the water disappears underground. There is a possibility we will do a shuttle and hike from Virgin Falls across to the Lost Creek/Rylander Cascades Trail which either way is 8 miles (whether we lollipop around Virgin Falls or go to Lost Creek). Lost Creek is a tucked-away little gem of a natural area that was the location for filming several scenes for “The Jungle Book” movie version. The area was given, by last will and testament, to the people of Tennessee by James D. Rylander in 2012. These falls are located in “sinks” that was created by the collapse of a cave system. These “Sinks” such as Lost Creek and Virgin Falls trap cold air in the summer and with the cold air, water condenses from the humid air above. This cold-air trap, with its humidity, creates a microclimate that is noted for its biodiversity. Near the base of the falls, may of the rocks are covered with moisture-loving moss and liverworts. These trails are also noted for their spring flowers. Please dress according to the weather, wear comfortable hiking boots and by all means, bring plenty of water, snacks and lunch. This is a strenuous hike due to length and time to complete (5-6 hours). Please register with Terry Warren at 731-535-0625 or at terrymccoy832@yahoo.com by Thursday, April 7.

Terry Warren

7315350625

Hwy 70 East to Eastland Road to Scotts Gulf Road
Sparta, Tennessee
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Laurel Falls on the Virgin Falls trail
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