This is Lost Creek Falls, located on the Cumberland Plateau near Sparta, Tennessee. Sitting on top of a massive network of caverns, the waterfall mysteriously vanishes underground beneath the plunge pool. Prints available at Pixels and ArtFlakes. Thanks!
Recently, I returned to one of my favorite spots – the Lost Creek State Natural Area. It’s one of those places with which the presence of water correlates strongly with both season and rainfall. As such, it’s often dry and visitors might do well to research conditions in advance, prior to visiting. This was my 3rd visit – see more from last time.
Located on the Cumberland Plateau near Sparta, Tennessee, the 50-foot tall Lost Creek Falls (N35 50.442, W85 21.660) sits atop a massive network of caverns. It’s water source flows from a cave (see below) on the mountain, and, after splashing down into the plunge pool, water from the falls vanishes underground.
Lost Creek Falls
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Located at the Lost Creek State Natural Area in Tennessee, Lost Creek Cave is one of Tennessee’s largest caves, with five separate entrances and seven miles of mapped passages! This high-contrast, gritty black and white photograph of the cave entrance is available on various prints to suit your interests. Visit my shop to see more.
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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