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Virgin Falls State Natural Area

Virgin Falls State Natural Area

The Best Waterfalls

Tennessee's Scott’s Gulf region has over 100 miles of publicly accessible hiking trails, including Virgin Falls - a 110 foot waterfall. It is one of the most interesting waterfalls in that its water flows out of one cave and immediately into another. It is also is followed by a number of other impressive waterfalls such as Big Laurel, Sheep Cave, and Big Branch falls. It's a strenuous 8.5 mile round-trip hike to get there, but it's an all time favorite hike and worth the trip.

The Caney Fork River Gorge, located within the Bridgestone/Firestone Centennial Wilderness is another incredible feature of this area and it has been called the “Grand Canyon of the Cumberlands”.

We recommend exploring this large area as much as your time and mobility allow.

Things to do at Virgin Falls State Natural Area

The description and reviews at LocalHikes.com can give you some very detailed information about how to prepare for your 8.5 mile hike to Virgin Falls. 

Backcountry camping is allowed at designated campsites along the trail, however, camping above the waterfall is not permitted

Map of Virgin Falls SNA


For More Information

Scotts Gulf Road
Sparta, TN 38583

Phone: (615) 532-0431
Website: http://www.tennessee.gov/environment/na/natareas/virgin/

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