Virgin Falls

Virgin Falls

Imagine a waterfall with no incoming stream or outgoing stream; you have just imagined Virgin Falls. The water comes out of cave, plunges 110 feet over a cliff and immediately disappears into the ground. As odd as that anomaly is, there are five such occurrences in a four-mile stretch along this edge of the Cumberland Plateau. Be sure to read the trail description before setting out on the hike, it is a rigorous trek – – and well worth it.

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Hikers behind Big Laurel Falls

Big Laurel Falls

Big Laurel Falls is the first waterfall that you encounter along the Virgin Falls Trail. Big Laurel Creek plummets over the edge of a cliff and the water goes underground from that point. The hikers standing behind the falls in the picture demonstrates the huge cave entrance in which the stream disappears.

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Lost Creek Falls

Lost Creek Falls photo by Don Hunter
Lost Creek Falls photo by Don Hunter

An area so lush, this is where Disney came to do the remake of “The Jungle Book.” This is yet another waterfall with no incoming stream or outgoing stream. Lost Creek Falls is located in the edge of a giant sinkhole. The crystal clear pool at it’s base is worth the trip to see even if there were no waterfalls. But wait, there’s more! The cave on the opposite side of the sink is one of the larger cave entrances in the state of Tennessee. The cave was also used in Disney’s movie. The parking area was created by the film crew to get their equipment close to the site.

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Rylander Cascades, Lost Creek State Natural Area

Rylander Cascades

Rylander Cascades is named for James Rylander, the benefactor who gave the state the Lost Creek area. The cascade is across the road from Lost Creek falls and up a short, easy trail. The cascade is the result of a fault line. Once an underground stream, the crust of the earth split and dropped several feet exposing the water and creating another waterfall with no incoming stream or outgoing stream. There are multiple cascades as you walk the trail. It is best to park in the Lost Creek parking area. Walk about 600′ south on White’s Cave Road and you will see the trail head exit to the east.





Polly’s Branch Falls and Jenny FallsLower Pollys Branch Falls

There are three waterfalls in close proximity along the Polly’s Branch Trail in The Bridgestone Centennial Wilderness Area. Though not as large as many of our waterfalls, much is to be said about the serenity of the location of these three falls. Polly’s Branch has both an upper and lower waterfalls, and Jenny Falls; any one of the trio makes this light trek worth the trip. Polly’s Branch lies in a wildlife management area as is closed during hunting season. See TWRA’s website for details.

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Wildcat Falls

Wildcat Falls

Wildcat Falls is one of White Counties two drive-by waterfalls. You can enjoy this waterfall without leaving the car. Though during summer, the volume of water may narrow to a trickle, where this creek exits the top of the Cumberland Plateau  over a concave bluff line is much to behold even during dry periods.

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Twin Falls

One of the most spectacular waterfalls that we have to offer is the second of our waterfalls that can be viewed from anWhite Co. Tennessee automobile. While enjoying the beauty of this falls, keep in mind that it is sort-of man-made. When the Corp of Engineers erected the dam (upstream) to build Rock Island Lake, it backed up water on both the Collins and Caney Fork rivers. Before the lake reached pool-level, water found it’s way through caves off the Collins River and exited the mountainside downstream into the Caney Fork River gorge. This falls is also worth a trip on moonlit nights. The sloping face of the falls makes for a white froth that reflects moonlight well.

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Burgess Falls

1935325_182704560608_6103181_nThough not the tallest waterfalls in our area, Burgess Falls may be the widest falls with the most consistent and large volume of water. Much like Niagara Falls separates the US from Canada, both White and Putnam counties share claim to this beautiful cascade. Supplied by the Falling Water River, water volume rarely wanes and there are many visitor amenities in this small state park.

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Fall Creek Falls by Ross Cardwell

Fall Creek Falls

Often described as the tallest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains, this spectacular feature is the namesake for Tennessee’s most-visited state park. Plunging more than 250′, this falls and canyon has been the backdrop in numerous movies. The main overlook for the falls is a short walk from ample parking.

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Cane Creek Falls

Cane Creek Falls

Cane Creek Falls is another example that the beauty of a waterfall is2015-04-12 15.26.44 based on more than height. Cane Creek Falls is located in Fall Creek Falls State Park. The dimensions of height, width and water volume make this waterfall a great attraction. Not to mention the fact that it is less than 500′ from the parking area. Has an excellent nature center to tour while there, and the kids will love the swinging bridge and swimming hole at this location.

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Rock Island


There are too many waterfalls to mention. Some are on private property; please respect landowners. Here is a list of more waterfalls in the Sparta / White County area. For more information on waterfalls in Tennessee see:

Ace Falls
Badger Falls
Badger Flat Falls
Bee Branch Falls
Big Branch Falls
Big Laurel Falls
Bridge Creek Falls
Cane Creek Cascades
Castle Rock Falls
City Lake Falls
Cliff Creek Falls
Coon Creek Falls
Copper Cascades
County House Falls
Cueva Guapa Falls
Curtain Falls
Daisy Cascade
Devils Creek Falls
Dry Creek Falls
Evan Falls
Fall Creek Falls
Falling Water Cascades
Fancher Falls
Faye Falls
Flat Shoals Falls
Great Falls
Hemlock Falls
Hickory Nut Falls
Hidden Hollow Falls
Ice Hole Falls
Incise Falls
Jenny Branch Falls
King Cascade
Klaylee Falls
Laurel Creek Falls
Little Falls
Little Falls
Lower Great Falls
Middle Falls
Mill Creek Falls
Mist Falls
Mossy Falls
Old Mill Cascade
Oxbow Falls
Perry Branch Falls
Peters Falls
Phelps Branch Falls
Pilot Falls
Piney Creek Falls
Pit Cave Falls
Puncheon Camp Cr Twin Falls
Redemption Falls
Rockhouse Falls
Rogers Creek Falls
Sheep Falls
Sinking Falls
Slot Falls
Stillhouse Hollow Falls
Stone Cove Falls
Sullivan Falls
Tayler Cr Falls
Toombe Falls
Twin Falls
Two Hog Falls
Verble Falls
Verble Hollow Falls
Walling Falls
Waterfall Cave Falls
Waterfalls Hollow Falls
Wheeler Falls
Wildcat Creek Falls
Window Cliff Falls