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Lost Creek State Natural Area to Virgin Falls

  • 03/09/2024
  • 9:15 AM
  • Lost Creek Falls and Cave parking area, White’s Cave Rd, Sparta TN


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The Tennessee State Natural Area’s website states that “Lost Creek State Natural Area is a diverse area situated on the western flank of the Cumberland Plateau. Its scenic highlight is the beautiful Lost Creek Falls in White County. Lost Creek Falls is geologically similar to its nearby cousin, Virgin Falls, in that the creek emerges from large spring, or collapsed cave on top, drops over the 40’ falls, and disappears underground again.” This hike includes the Lost Creek Falls and Cave loop, the Rylander Cascades trail to Virgin Falls, with out and back to Dry Creek Falls. From Virgin Falls we will hike a loop to Sheep Cave, and to the backcountry campsite on Caney Fork. Total approximately 11 miles, 900 feet elevation gain. Rated Difficult. Carpool hikers can meet at Lowes, Harriman, 1800 Roane State Hwy and be ready by 7:30 am to drive 1 hour 30 minutes, 75 miles one way to the Lost Creek Falls and Cave Trailhead. All hikers meet at Lost Creek Falls and Cave parking area on White’s Cave Rd, Sparta TN and are ready to start hiking by 9:15 am ET. All times are EASTERN…NOT Central. Be aware your phone may switch to Central. There are no restrooms at Lost Creek trailhead. Riders plan to pay exact change in cash to drivers, $10.50, (OK to round up to $11.00. Rate: $0.07 per mile x150 miles RT).

Leader: Larry Johnson

Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

For information about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visit the NPS website or call the information line at (865) 436-1200.

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