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Virgin Falls Trail

Sparta, TN

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Virgin Falls Trail is a 10 mile loop trail located near Sparta, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking & walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

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Cummins Falls

Cookeville, TN

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Cummins Falls
by Brett Crane

29 Completed 2 Reviews

The wife and I loved this hike. Little short for us. But we had a blast rock hopping. We didn't have are kids with us. But I'm for sure going to take them soon.

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5 Completed 5 Reviews

This is an amazing place. You must hike down to the falls, it's a little rough in spots cuz you have to hike up the river bed but it's well worth the effort. We had to cross the water a couple time so be prepared for that.

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Cummins Falls
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12 Completed 8 Reviews

An amazing swimming hole. So much fun! Hike is pretty easy as well. Very busy little spot during the summer. A great place to cool off, swim, and relax.

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51 Completed 5 Reviews

Love this place. It's an easy one mile hike to falls. I can take my dogs and enjoy a cool swim. Great summer secret. It can get crowded so I suggest getting there early to pick out the best rock.

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15 Completed 1 Reviews

My favorite local falls so far! Beautiful!

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10 Completed 8 Reviews

I knew of Cummings Mill before it became the state park it is....loved it then, however even though it is still a short jaunt from Cookeville into the woods experience, I disagree entirely with those that like what the state has done to the place... I remember when it was truly rugged and you parked on the side of the street to have a fun hike to overlook the falls. Since the state takeover; the whole swimming whole has been cleared out, detracting from its once beautiful greenery below, making it look more as if a tornado came through and took all the trees with it. :). Sad.. The adventurous cable trail has now been replaced with a long windy trail that takes you out from the swimming whole, the trail to overlook the falls has been purposefully covered with debri and logs to keep people from going down there. I am sure all in the name of safety. It was a tragedy that the casualties happened there before it became what it is today; but I've always been one to respect nature for what it is and realize that in doing so you enter at your own risk. Trying to "safe proof" nature for everyone is unrealistic and quite unobtainable. I wish the park rangers would have left things the way they were, because it was perfect the way it was.

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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Went here 3 weeks ago awesome place an the water was great an clear!! Can't wait to go back

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Cummins Falls
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

I took a family of 4 (2 adults and small children 5 and 6) to the falls based on the pictures I saw of the falls. It looks as if the park is going through some renovations currently, good parking, but poor information prepping a hiker net to the falls. There is a information board that had no useful information in it. I am not sure of the various ways to get to the falls, but the primary trail down to the water is easy to walk except for a couple spots where it is muddy and steep. Good sturdy shoes that you can hike with and walk in the water with are recommended. Once you get down to the bottom of the trail where you enter the river, you still have a good 1/4 mile hike up the river to reach the falls. This requires you to navigate around and through the river. Recent fallen trees block some paths, so you may choose to walk in the river instead. The closer you get to the falls the larger the rocks are for you to clime over and navigate in between. The worst part about it and the most dangerous is the moss and algae on the rocks making most rock surfaces extremely slippery. Good shoes appeared to have better traction than bare feet on the slippery surface. I would recommend this to anyone that can tackle moderate grade hiking trails, can climb rocks, and has good balance on slippery surfaces. Time of year could affect the amount of algae on the rocks. I would do this hike again, leave earlier in the day and be more prepared for the hike. Recommendations for the park would be more information to prepare a hiker for the adventure and improve the signage. Some signs were broke and laying in the dirt and there where parts of the trails that could have used some directions as there more than one option available.

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15 Completed 1 Reviews

I absolutely love this place! Just wish it were a little big longer of a hike. But it is perfect for a hot summer day, that way you can swim in the pools below the falls. Beware! The water was freezing, but 100% worth it. There is a short cut to the falls if you don't want to do the full hike, it just requires some rock climbing!

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42 Completed 36 Reviews

Once the park is completed it will be a real gem. Often overshadowed by burgess and rock island, cummins is a gem. You can hike both to the top and bottom of the waterfall in a half day. Make sure you go on a warm day because you will get wet. waterloo falls is also a great fall to check out if you're in the area...it's about nine miles away.

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