I recently enjoyed hiking at the Lost Creek Falls State Natural Area, located near Sparta, Tennessee. Situated on the western flank of the Cumberland Plateau, the park features the 50′ Lost Creek Falls (fed by a large spring), Lost Creek Cave and a connecting 4.5 mile trail to Virgin Falls.
Directions: GPS of parking area – N35 50.442, W85 21.660.
Lost Creek Falls
Note of Interest: How did Lost Creek Falls get it’s name? In addition to a remote location – better bring a map! – the small plunge pool disappears underground by draining into a “sink” (or bowl). However, the water continues to flow at some point within Lost Creek Cave.
Lost Creek Cave
Lost Creek Cave is one of Tennessee’s largest caves, with five separate entrances and seven miles of mapped passages! The opening seen here is roughly 30′ wide, and it begins to turn pitch black within a very short distance inside. No one should proceed deep into the cave without proper equipment, including a headlamp and/or heavy-duty flashlight. Lastly, it’s rumored that, somewhere deep within the cave, there’s a similarly-sized waterfall!
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