Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness

DeRossett, Tennessee

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This is one of the most interesting trails on the South Cumberland, with overlooks and waterfalls, including the dramatic 110-foot Virgin Falls. Here a robust stream emerges from a cave and crashes over a cliff into a pit, sending spray up the hillside before it disappears into the earth. Camping is available beside the Caney Fork River. Just to the right of the parking area entrance, begin your hike across the plateautop through second-growth timber. At 0.5 mile, a creek on your right leads through a laurel thicket, and at 0.8 mile the trail descends; make a stepping-stone creek crossing and descend again. Watch for a spur trail on the left leading to Big Branch Falls, where the creek skips down a stone staircase. Continue to descend on the main trail for a short distance, bearing right and then crossing Big Laurel Creek on flat boulders. At a fork at 1.5 miles, a trail left descends along Big Laurel Creek and rejoins the main trail above Big Laurel Falls. The main trail leads to the right, marked with an occasional white blaze.

Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness Professional Review and Guide

"This is one of the most interesting trails on the South Cumberland, with overlooks and waterfalls, including the dramatic 110-foot Virgin Falls. Here a robust stream emerges from a cave and crashes over a cliff into a pit, sending spray up the hillside before it disappears into the earth. Camping is available beside the Caney Fork River.

Just to the right of the parking area entrance, begin your hike across the plateautop through second-growth timber. At 0.5 mile, a creek on your right leads through a laurel thicket, and at 0.8 mile the trail descends; make a stepping-stone creek crossing and descend again. Watch for a spur trail on the left leading to Big Branch Falls, where the creek skips down a stone staircase.

Continue to descend on the main trail for a short distance, bearing right and then crossing Big Laurel Creek on flat boulders. At a fork at 1.5 miles, a trail left descends along Big Laurel Creek and rejoins the main trail above Big Laurel Falls. The main trail leads to the right, marked with an occasional white blaze."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: DeRossett
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day Hike
Season: Best spring and fall
Local Contacts: Cumberland Mountain State Rustic Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness

Recent Trail Reviews

3/19/2010
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Absolutely gorgeous! (Martha's Pretty Point (Caney Fork Overlook) is worth the hike up too. Beautiful especially at sunset and on a clear night-millions of stars!


10/9/2009
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Because of all the rain the creeks at the trailhead were swollen, only made it about .4 miles and had to go back. Disappointing, but I will surely return to make it to both sets of falls and overlooks.


2/4/2008
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The most beautiful trail I have ever been on in Tennessee. The waterfalls are hidden treasures that most people will never see. The trail is difficult at times but well worth the long up hill hike out.


11/11/2006
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The view was great along the trail. It was my first time going and I misread that the hike was 4 miles in and 4 miles out. Needless to say I was unprepared for the extra 4 miles. Besides my sheer stupidity, the trail was great. The directions I printed off of the website were a little shady. Because of it being fall, it was hard to see the trail at times, but this made for an amazing view through the mountains. I actually proposed to my girlfriend out at the falls. I think she would have killed me if I hadn't for telling her that it was only 4 miles when it was really 8 miles. Overall, it was a great experience.



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May 2018