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.

Thanks for stopping by!


29 responses to “Big Laurel Falls”

  1. 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! 👍👌❤️

    • 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! 🌹🌹🤗

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

    • 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! 😍

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