Virgin Falls Trail

Length: 10.6 miles round trip                  Difficulty:  Strenuous             Access: <map>

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Virgin Falls
Sheep Cave Falls
Sheep Cave Falls by Tim Wooten

The trail length is 4.8 miles each way. If you add the spurs, you will hike closer to 11 miles total. There is a 1300′ elevation change with the majority of the change in the first third of the trail.  Keep in mind that you will be climbing back up that elevation as you return so pace yourself accordingly. There are lots of rocks and roots; sturdy, fully-enclosed shoes are recommended. Wilderness camping is available, but the closest campground is 1.5 miles in.

Big Laurel Falls

Before you begin, if you pass the Virgin Falls parking lot and take the fork to the right, travel about 2 miles, and walk 400′ down the hill, you will be at Welch’s Point. You will take in one of the most spectacular overlooks in the state, and get an idea of the terrain that you will be hiking in.

There are three waterfalls along the route and any one of them makes the trip worthwhile. The first is Big Laurel Falls. The second is Sheep Cave, and the crown jewel is Virgin Falls.

For directions, click <here> .

 

Lost Creek Falls and Cave  / Rylander Cascade Trail

Length: Less than 1.5 miles for both.                  Difficulty:  Lite Hike                  Access: <map>

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Lost Creek Falls from inside Lost Creek Cave

The trail to the base of Lost Creek Falls and Cave is an 800′ descent into a giant sink.

Lost Creek Falls
Lost Creek Cave

Americorp improved the trail two years ago. There are rocks and roots, but it is a good trail. The Rylander Cascade Trail is an old logging road converted to trail. There is probably not 200′ of elevation change along the trail and should be navigable to all ages.

To use the Rylander Cascade Trail, park in the Lost Creek parking area and walk south on White’s Cave Road about 800′, Rylander Cascade Trail exits to the left. The half-mile trail lies in an old roadbed and fairly level. Watch for more than one cascade as you walk up the trail. Many wildflowers are present during the spring.

For directions, click <here> .

 

 

 

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