Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness Area

Address: Scott's Gulf Rd. Sparta, TN 38583 Contact Email: visittn@sparta-chamber.net Phone: (931) 836-3552

Virgin Falls is a 1,157-acre natural area located adjacent to the Bridgestone Firestone Centennial Wilderness in White County. The natural area is named for Virgin Falls, which is formed by an underground stream that emerges from a cave, then drops over a 110-foot high cliff before disappearing into another cave at the bottom of the sink. The area is noted for its unique geological features and several other waterfalls including Big Laurel, Sheep Cave Falls, and Big Branch Falls. The caves at Virgin Falls include Big Laurel, Sheep Cave, and Virgin Falls Cave. The sinkholes at Virgin Falls, such as Virgin Falls Sink and Sheep Cave Sink, are characteristic of karst features found on the Cumberland Plateau. The Caney Fork River and its tributaries drain the area and contribute to the formation of the gorge. The Caney Fork Overlook provides a dramatic view of Scott's Gulf and the Caney Fork River 900 feet below. Trail features a 317-acre natural area, 110-foot falls, two lesser falls and cave, eight-mile round trip, state and national recreational trail. Download and print a map here http://www.sparta-chamber.net/cms_uploads/virgin_falls_sna.pdf

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11 miles E of Sparta on Hwy. 70E, S on Eastland Rd 8 mi., then 2 mi. on Scott Gulf Rd.


City: Sparta, TN
Region: Middle Tennessee
Subregion: Upper Cumberland

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