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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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I would say it is a moderate hike. Alltrails rates it as easy and maybe if I was in better shape it would be. Plan on getting your shoes wet and it would be better to have something besides flip flops.There was places that were slick and the trail isn't real wide so that was kinda scary to me, since I am afraid of heights. We went on a Monday which I think was better than a weekend if you like less people. Keep you eyes on the trail... there is many rocks and roots sticking up which I found out painfully last year which caused me a trip to ER and surgery on knee with four months of recovery. I think walking sticks are nice to have also. When you get to the water there is a lot of wading and crossing over rocks to get to the falls but it is so worth it.. It's a nice swimming hole and places to jump off cliffs and falls very beautiful falls. I am so glad I actually made it to the bottom this time:)

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It was a beautiful place. The trail was a little narrow at times. Walking up the stream was enjoyable my girls and I saw lots of little fish. We are already planning to go again soon.

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Cummins Falls is a hidden treasure. The beauty of the landscape and views are amazing. The goal and end result is to get to the falls and swimming hole- which is amazing! You can climb up onto and hang out under the falls - cool off in the water. The swimming hole is spacious with varying levels of depth. Lots of kids and families. Spend the day if you like. More and more people are discovering this place so if you want to spend time at the swimming hole get there early to have a "spot" or base for you and/or the family. Bring sandwiches and lots of water. The hike to the falls will work up a bit of an appetite and thirst.

The trails are pretty easy if you stay on the path. You can choose one of three destinations. Lower level takes you along the water way to the falls. This route is part path through wooded areas descending down to the water-side and part walking beside and sometimes in the water. The water way is typically shallow - deepest is mid calf. The mid level will take you to an area where you can view the falls but the trees and brush obscure your view a bit. This route is all path unless you take a detour (I always do) down a small gorge about 60-70 feet. A little climbing is involved and the rocks are slippery. It's quite a tumble if you fall but don't let that stop you. There are little kids doing it. In fact your first few times you will most likely be passed up by several. The upper level take you to a great view on top of the falls.

Many people wear flip flops - I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS. Your feet will hate you and you will definitely stub some toes. Instead wear a good pair of water shoes with rubber that comes up to protect your toes and have good tread to prevent slipping. I found some good water hiking shoes at Walmart for $19.00 which amazed me since I paid over $60 for my first pair. Closer to the falls there are some larger rocks to climb and over as well as some areas that are slippery - logs to cross over rough areas of water (short), etc. There are usually people there who will help guide or get you across or over something.

Coming back to the parking area is a bit more challenging if you take the water way to the main path. For first timers the walk up feels like it will never end... :). But it does. Great exercise for beginners and for those who want to get exercise outdoors just going up and down that path a few times will wear you out! I always take the short cut and climb the little gorge back up to the middle path because I love to climb. Anything. :).

I have been to Cummins a couple of times and overall it is a very great way to spend the day if you like mild to moderate exercise, swimming and enjoying the day outdoors.

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Excellent swim hole. Well maintained trail. Great place to spend a day. A little disappointed in the amount of trash people were leaving behind but all in all great place. Already planning another day to hike in and swim at the swimming hole.

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Great swimming hole. Trail is easy to moderate with a great swimming hole at the end. Great place to spend a day. Hiking in to swim for the day. I was disappointed in the trash but that is just irresponsible people. Falls are beautiful. Pathway is well maintained.

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