Date: Saturday June 7th
Meeting Time: 9 AM EASTERN time
Hike Distance: 8 miles (with a couple of short off-shoots)
Hike Rating: Moderate with strenuous sections
Hike Pace: moderate
Estimated Hiking Time: 5 hours
Items to Bring: Hiking boots, plenty of water, and snacks/lunch
Trip Leader: Mendy Thomas
The group will meet up with the trip leader at the Walmart parking lot in Sparta since there is not a physical address for the trail head. A carpool location from Chattanooga to the Walmart in Sparta will be posted later tonight for those interested in riding together. The trip leader will then lead the group to the trail head from the Walmart in Sparta. This will also be a last chance to use the restroom or pick up any last minute quick items. Please be sure to arrive early or on time.
The natural area is named for Virgin Falls, which is formed by an underground stream that emerges from a cave, then drops over a 110-foot high cliff before disappearing into another cave at the bottom of the sink.
The trail passes by small rockhouses, boulder fields, sinks, caves, and waterfalls on route to Virgin Falls where the trail ends.
We will actually be hiking up to the top of the falls, and be able to view downwards as well.
Come on out and give it a try.
You will be so glad that you did.
TRIP LEADER CONTACT INFO
Please come with:
a positive attitude
and ready to have some fun.
It's going to be a GREAT day ! ! !
You are going to love it ! ! !
Directions: From Hwy 111 in Sparta, Tn take Hwy 70 East toward Crossville. After about 11 miles, turn right (south) on Eastland Rd (a sign is at the intersection). At 6 miles on Eastland Rd, turn right on Scotts Gulf Rd (a sign is at the intersection). The trailhead is a couple of miles on the right. GPS Coordinates:[masked], [masked]
No-Shows: As with all Meetup's, please be polite -- if you are a YES RSVP, please show up. If you can't make it, change your YES to a NO as soon as possible. Please don't be a "no-show!"
WEATHER: As with all outdoor events, if it's raining/stormy or very poor trail conditions, we may have to cancel. If the weather is questionable, please check this event page before you leave home.
CARPOOL INFO FROM CHATTANOOGA
Meet at the Walmart in Soddy Daisy by 7:45. The group will need to leave promptly no later than 7:55 to meet the trip leader in Sparta on time. Park in the area closest to the gas station. This makes it easier for folks to find each other, and allows store customers the front spots. If you stand outside of your cars, it will make it easier for you to know who is from the group. Carpooling is great because it allows you to have someone to talk to while driving, allows you to get to know the other hikers, allows you to share in the cost of gas (rather than every hiker pay the full cost), and is better for the environment.
Let's go have an awesome time at the falls . . . .