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Return To Lost Creek Falls

Welcome to Lost Creek State Natural Area, located on the Cumberland Plateau near Sparta, Tennessee.

Lost Creek Falls are picturesque, and also have an interesting story. Water first flows out of a few small mountainside caves, cascading downhill until dropping 50-feet as a waterfall. Splashing into the plunge pool, below, water then disappears underground into a “sink” (or bowl), that flows approx. 250-feet into a large cave. On days like yesterday, with water plentiful, an overflow of surface-runoff into the cave is present.

In connection with Virgin Falls State Natural Area, these two parks sit atop Tennessee’s largest network of underground caverns, featuring seven miles of mapped passageways. There are only five entrances, of which Lost Creek Cave is one point of entry. The opening is approx. 20-feet high, and, once inside, it quickly becomes pitch black.


  • GPS coordinates of the parking area are N35 50.442, W85 21.660
  • I was told there’s a 30-foot tall waterfall somewhere in the caverns
  • No restrooms, gift shop or food

In 1994, the Walt Disney Corporation, so pleased with the area’s natural beauty, filmed several scenes from “The Jungle Book” at both the falls and cave entrance.

Located slightly uphill along a short trail to the right of Lost Creek Falls, there are a few smaller waterfalls to enjoy, These, however, typically run dry at times of low water during summer months. Here’s a photograph of one…

Another area to enjoy is called Rylander Cascades. It’s less than a 1/2 mile drive from the Lost Creek Falls parking area, and then approx. a 1/2 mile hike from the road into the forest. Here a photograph…


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I hope that you’ve enjoyed this post about Lost Creek Falls, and find a print of interest to purchase. Thanks for stopping by ~ enjoy the great outdoors!


25 responses to “Return To Lost Creek Falls”

  1. Harshi Avatar

    Amazing shots, Phil! Very well captured!

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thanks so much, dear Harshi ~ have a great weekend! 🤗🌹

  2. Inge David Avatar

    Prachtige fotoreeks van deze grotten en watervallen! 👌👍🌹
    Wonderful work as always! Have a excellent weekend, dear Phil! 🌹🤗

    1. Phil Avatar

      Dankjewel, mijn lieve vriendin Inge! Ik ben blij dat je mijn foto’s mooi vindt. Het is een prachtige plek om te bezoeken, en zeer dicht bij de parkeerplaats. Wishing for you the same, my dear friend! 🌹🤗

      1. Inge David Avatar

        Ja, je foto’s tonen hoe mooi het daar is! Thanks for sharing this beautiful work! ❤️

        1. Phil Avatar

          Thank you, my dear friend ~ much appreciated!❤️

  3. kagould17 Avatar

    I can see why Disney liked the place. A beautiful waterfall. Happy Saturday Phil. Allan

    1. Phil Avatar

      It is beautiful, indeed. Thanks, Allan – you too 👍

  4. JournalArtZ Avatar

    I am not good with manual photography. I have been wondering what kind of time setting you have to use to get the water to look like that?

    1. Phil Avatar

      First, time of day it critical. Most of my long exposure photographs are within an hour or two of sunrise. Too much midday sun bleaches the water white, beyond correction. There are “ND” filters, but I haven’t mastered such usage, yet. The shutter time varies per volume of water, also – for waterfalls with low water, keep the shutter open longer (maybe 1-15 seconds). You’ll also need a tripod to eliminate motion. I think I had a shutter time of 1/2 second for this waterfall.

      1. JournalArtZ Avatar

        Wow! Sounds like work to me! I admire your craft.

        1. Phil Avatar

          Thank you 👍

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thank you, dear Bonnie. Glad you like it ~ have a great weekend! 😊

  5. Mây Bắc Mỹ Avatar

    Attractive falls 😍

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thank you, dear Mây ~ have a nice Sunday! 🤗🌹

  6. travelling_han Avatar

    Wow, really beautiful shots 🙂

    1. Phil Avatar

      So kind of you to say, my friend ~ much appreciated! 😙

  7. tiffanyarpdaleo Avatar

    These are all amazing photos, Phil, great post!

    1. Phil Avatar

      You are a dear, Tiffany ~ thanks a bunch my friend! Wishing you a Happy Sunday! 🤗🌹

  8. Butterflybliss Avatar

    Stunning! These photos make me miss NE Tennessee and all the waterfalls we explored.

    1. Phil Avatar

      Yes, there certainly are some very lovely areas to hike and enjoy ~ thank you! 😊

  9. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    Wow!~. Gorgeous.. glad to catch up! 💖

    1. Phil Avatar

      It’s a pleasure to have your company, my dear ~ thank you! 💖

      1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

        oh thanks Phil. 💖

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