Big Laurel Falls

Yesterday, my alarm clock sounded at 3:30 a.m. and I headed to the kitchen to make coffee. After a few cups at my computer, I used the restroom and was on the road within the hour, headed to the Virgin Falls State Natural Area in White County, Tennessee.

I wanted to visit Big Laurel Falls, a 40-foot tall waterfall along a five mile out and back hike rated as difficult. The park is connected with the Lost Creek State Natural Area, both of which rest upon Tennessee’s largest network of underground caverns (featuring five entrances, with seven miles of mapped passages).

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What makes these areas interesting is that creeks and waterfalls disappear underground into the caverns, including: Big Laurel Falls, Sheep Cave, Virgin Falls and Lost Creek Falls. The same is true with Big Laurel Creek: it’s visible, then not, only to return once again somewhere downstream.

The cave is approximately 160-feet wide and 80-feet deep. Runoff from the waterfall drains to the back of the cave, flowing along the wall toward the center before vanishing underground. The surface of the cave is mostly sand, and, when standing near the back, has a distinctive spongy feel. Listening closely, one can hear water flowing underfoot, and there are a few areas resembling small sinkholes, pockets where sand has collapsed.

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Comments

29 responses to “Big Laurel Falls”

  1. Ingrid Avatar

    Looks amazing, and worth the early start!

    1. Phil Avatar

      So glad you like it, dear Ingrid! Yes, it certainly was, and I had the place to myself until my trek back out. Have a nice weekend, my friend! 🤗🌹

      1. Ingrid Avatar

        How wonderful! I had a lovely trek myself yesterday 😊 🏔

        1. Phil Avatar

          Cool breeze ~ gotta love the great outdoors! 😊

  2. wanderlustig Avatar

    Gorgeous pictures !

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thanks 👍🏻

  3. House of Heart Avatar

    Enchanting scenery Phil. 🤗

    1. Phil Avatar

      Like the alluring eyes of a lovely lady, a beauteous sight to behold. 😉 Thank you, dear Holly 🌷

      1. House of Heart Avatar

        Thank you dear Phil, ☺️. I hope you’re having a wonderful day 🌼

  4. Kym Gordon Moore Avatar

    OMG, these shots are spectacular Phil. I am so jealous! 😜🌞😎 Have a FANtabulous day my friend!

    1. Phil Avatar

      You are most kind, dear Kym ~ much appreciated! It was a very cool spot to visit, indeed, despite low water. Wishing you the same, my friend! 😎🌹🌞

      1. Kym Gordon Moore Avatar

        You are so welcome as always my Master Photographer! Hugs and cheers to ya! 🥰💖😘🥂😎📷

        1. Phil Avatar

          Thank you sweet Kym & backatcha ~ Cheers! 🤗😘🥂✨

  5. Inge David Avatar

    Je weet de mooie plekken wel te vinden! Mooie foto’s en reeks!
    Je wordt beloond als je vroeg opstaat in de morgen om deze mooie plekken vast te leggen.
    Het moet een heel mooie omgeving zijn als er ook grotten aanwezig zijn wat ook altijd heel mooie is! Thanks for sharing this beautiful work, dear friend Phil! 👍👌❤️

    1. Phil Avatar

      Heel erg bedankt lieve Inge! Het is inderdaad prachtig en zo uniek om in een grot achter de waterval te zijn. Het is goed om vroeg te beginnen, en ik had de plek voor mezelf terwijl ik foto’s nam. Ik ben blij dat je de foto’s mooi vindt. Have a happy new week! 🌹🌹🤗

      1. Inge David Avatar

        Ja, dat weet je dat ik erop verzot ben! Kon ik deze maar maken! 🤷Maar ik kan van de jouwe echt genieten! ❤️

        1. Phil Avatar

          Thank you my dear friend! ❤️

  6. sweetladyloveshouseoflove1812 Avatar

    So…so… beautiful! Looks very relaxing! Talk about mental & physical stimulation at it’s true finest 💪 Have a blessed night & Happy Memorial Day! 😊🙏🌻

    1. Phil Avatar

      It surely was both a beautiful sight to see, and a rather exhausting endeavor, indeed! Thank you & Happy Memorial Day! 😊🙏🇺🇸

  7. shaunak Avatar

    Lovely images and description!

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thanks Shaunak 👍

  8. tiffanyarpdaleo Avatar

    Thank you for getting up early to share this with us, Phil, spectacular!!! 😍

    1. Phil Avatar

      Right on, Tiffany! I’m so glad you enjoyed this post – it’s a beautiful area, and I hope to return again later in the season. Have a great week! Note: I’m loving your “Journey” metal print, placed on a wall by my office which I see many times each day! 😍

  9. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    wow worth the 3 a.m. wake up call for us for sure.. you are amazing! 💖👏👏

    1. Phil Avatar

      You are most kind, my dear friend Cindy ~ glad you like it! 😘

      1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

        of course as I always do!💖💖💖

  10. travelling_han Avatar

    Wow the early start was worth it, your photos are stunning

    1. Phil Avatar

      Yes, indeed – I arrived early and had the place to myself! Thanks so much, dear Hannah 🙂

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