Virgin Falls Trail
ElevationAscent: 16' 5 m
Descent: -712' -217 m
High: 1,821' 555 m
Low: 1,124' 343 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“An excellent trail that cuts through old logging land that follows a creek with many waterfalls.”— Charles Pulse
The trailhead is located on the north end of the parking lot and is clearly designated with signs. The trail cuts across a forest, quickly meeting up with Big Laurel Creek. It then follows and crosses the creek to the first waterfall, Big Branch Falls. After a cable crossing of Big Laurel Creek, the trail narrows and stays high on the ravine for some distance. In this part, the trail crosses a boulder field and eventually meets back up with the creek. As the Big Laurel Creek flows downward, the trail follows the creek and becomes very narrow. During this section, it passes caves, several small rock houses and a junction to a side trail to an overlook and to Martha's Pretty Point.
At about the 2 1/2-mile mark, the trail brings you to the base of Big Laurel Falls. Tent camping is available here, and this is a good place to camp. The trail continues away from Big Laurel Falls on and up the side of the ravine of the Caney Fork River. Continue on, and the trail will pass a couple of small caves and waterfalls.
This trail ends at the Virgin Falls Loop Trail at the 3.4-mile mark.
Land Manager: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency