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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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Cumberland Trail (Grassy Cove Section)
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23 Completed 22 Reviews

The trail is not great but the waterfall is breathtaking. Beautiful place to see.

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Pioneer Short Loop / Pioneer Trail
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4 Completed 2 Reviews

Hiked the short loop section of the trail with the kids. The side of the trail on the restaurant-side of the lake is very narrow and grown in and not much to see. After crossing the suspension bridge, the opposite side is fantastic with lots of places for the kids to explore and climb and several small waterfalls.

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Pioneer Short Loop / Pioneer Trail
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18 Completed 7 Reviews

It is a 5.55 round trip if you do the Pioneer regular trail, but only 2 miles if you do the Short loop. The Long loop is spectacular if you have the time to go on it. The trail takes you to a beautiful, almost 100 year old stone arch single bridge (Deep Draw) and to many caves/ bluffs that could have once housed Native Americans. It also takes you to "Fat Man's Squeeze" which is a pretty interesting rock formation. On the way back, do not cross back over the swinging bridge but keep going on the trail, and you will pass beautiful creeks and a mini-waterfall if the water is at a good level. Trail is perfect for dogs!

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Byrd Lake, Cumberland Plateau, and Byrd Creek Trails
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

There are 2 Byrd trails. One is Byrd Lake Trail, which is around Byrd Lake. The other one is Byrd Creek Trail. This one is starts off on the far side of the bridge, on the right, from the visitor center. This trail starts off with Cumberland Plateau trail for a 1/2 mile, and you will come to a kiosk with a map of the trails. If you go right, you will end up back at the bottom of the cumberland damn/bridge, which is just a short 1 mile hike. From the bottom of the bridge, it is a short but almost straight up climb.
If you want a longer hike, turn left at the kiosk and that will be the Byrd Creek Trail that takes you along the creek and then back to the visitor center. I did that hike and then went back and did the full 1 mile Cumberland Plateau Trail for a nice 3 mile hike.

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Cumberland Trail (Grassy Cove Section)
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20 Completed 13 Reviews

Tried to walk this trail from jewett rd side and it was so poorly marked we lost the trail and ended up in linary, going to try it again soon from the grassy cove side

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Byrd Lake, Cumberland Plateau, and Byrd Creek Trails
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Hiked 28th june and 3 rd july 2013, requested park service to remove waist high 10 inch log across trail behind cabins, nothing done on 3rd july. Trail good, flowers and restaurant is great.

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Cumberland Trail (Grassy Cove Section)
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39 Completed 34 Reviews

My husband and I are trail adopters for the Brady Mtn. section of the Grassy Cove segment of the cumberland Trail. From the trailhead on hwy. 68 it is a .7 mile roadwalk to the Black Mtn. section. From the trailhead you climb 900 ft. in 2 miles. At mile 2.6 you will see an overlook sign on your left. Down the short spur you find the magnificent view from Brady Bluff overlooking the Grassy Cove community. As you continue on you find an interesting arch amid a boulder jumble. Beyond the arch the trail grows a bit faint, but it can be navigated. You now travel plateau top for over a mile before reaching Lost Overlook. Eventually you reach Donnelly overlook then begin your descent to the Jewett Rd. trailhead. Total mileage is 7.8 miles. Total mileage including Black Mtn. and roadwalk end up being close to 13 miles.

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Byrd Lake, Cumberland Plateau, and Byrd Creek Trails
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Great little family trail. There is very little elevation, a few cool rocks and a neat little suspension bridge over the creek. All in all a good little leisurely hike to walk off the calories from the buffet

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Pioneer Short Loop / Pioneer Trail
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38 Completed 2 Reviews

The Pioneer short loop is only 2 miles and crosses a pretty neat suspension bridge. The Long Loop adds another 3 miles and is what makes the hike even worth doing. There are nice views of the creek (with a couple of creek crossings), and interesting rock formations. The trail is mostly flat and would be good for beginners.

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Byrd Lake, Cumberland Plateau, and Byrd Creek Trails
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17 Completed 5 Reviews

We didn't do the exact trails listed here. Instead we did the Byrd Creek to Cumberland Plateau Nature Trail. It was a total of 2.7 miles round trip. The scenery is wonderful. The smell, well considering Byrd Lake was down, meaning that the dam wasn't letting the lake into the creek, caused the creek to stand still. This of course means stagnant water. Other than that, it was a great trail. The distance wasn't overbearing, the elevation loss/gain is about 60-70ft. Great trail for a beginner. The footing on the trail is quite tricky in spots. Lots of roots and rocks, but only in certain portions. If you want more detail, you can check our post at tandrbird dot blogspot dot com/2010/09/its-byrd-its-creek dot html. Enjoy the hike.

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