Virgin Falls Winter Backpacking

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Virgin Falls State Natrual Area Sat, Dec 8, 2018 8:00 AM
Virgin Falls State Natrual Area Sat, Feb 23, 2019 8:00 AM


Event Summary

Come journey through the scenic beauty of one of Tennessee's most beloved hiking trails at Virgin Falls State Natural Area, this time as a Beginner Backpacking trip! We will take an easy 5-miles to our campsite (downhill), then hike a more strenuous 5 miles the next day back to our cars (uphill). The good news? We have most of the day to do it!

It's considered a strenuous trail for a day hike, with creek crossings (water levels vary) and some strenuous parts, so proper trail shoes must be worn, and hiking poles are recommended. Hikers in good physical condition with experience hiking at least 8 miles or more on wooded trail are welcome. There is significant elevation gain and loss on this trail.

Price: Free!

When: Saturday, December 8 @8am - Sunday, December 9 @5pm

Where: Virgin Falls State Natural Area

Sparta, TN 38583

Trip Leader: Carl Hoagey

Group Size Limit: 10

Difficulty: Beginner / Intermediate

Kids: Hikers ages 13+ are welcome on this trip. If under 18+, hikers must be accompanied by an adult guardian.

Pets: Pets are not permitted on this trip. Creek crossings can vary in depth and increased rainfall could make this dangerous for smaller animals.

Carpool: Check your confirmation e-mail for more info on where the meetup is!

Weather: This trip is drizzle or shine. If severe inclement weather poses a threat, your trip leader will reach out with info regarding cancellation or rescheduling.

Trail Stats: This trail descends off of the plateau and meanders along the creek passing caves, sinks, and waterfalls. We will have lunch at the falls, which is remarkable due to the water pouring out of the cave mouth at the top of the bluff and then falling over one-hundred feet before being swallowed up by a sinkhole at the bottom. The trail then backtracks up and out of the Gulf to the parking area.

Hike Distance: Approx. 5 miles per day
Hike Elevation Gain: Approx. 700 Feet
Estimated Hike Time: Approx. 4 hours per day

Itinerary (subject to change):


8:00AM (CST): Arrive at carpool site to arrange carpools
8:00 AM: Leave Nashville
10:00AM: Arrive at trailhead and begin hike


Hike back to vehicles
Stop for a post trip celebratory meal at meat and 3, Rose Garden west side of Cookeville.
3-5:00PM (CST): Arrive in Nashville


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