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Tennessee's Virgin Falls and hiking trail, privately owned until now, have become a State Natural Area. The 1,551 acres, including Virgin Falls, Sheep Cave Falls, Big Laurel Falls and Big Branch Falls were privately owned and subject to private development pressures.

The public is invited to a dedication of Virgin Falls State Natural Area to be held at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, by Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation. Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation aided in raising funds for the purchase.

Virgin Falls Dedication

Gov. Bill Haslam is scheduled to be in Middle Tennessee on Wednesday to dedicate the purchase of Virgin Falls State Natural Area.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation purchased the 1,551-acre tract in White County last year. Before that, the land was in private ownership, but managed by the state as a public natural area for almost 40 years.

Working closely with the state in the purchase of Virgin Falls was the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Private money also was donated to the cause.
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sweet.......

hopefully we (wbir) can get some footage from the nashville stations on this going down....

i doubt that we'll send someone over......
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Guess it doesn't matter much, but I'd like to measure those falls. The article says 110', and I've seen it listed as 120', while I think it could even be a bit more than that(after rapping it with a 150' rope).
Spectacular, either way, and the whole hike is wonderful, IMO. Shame the article doesn't have a pic!
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Great news. That area is without a doubt one of the most marvelous natural areas in eastern North America. I've only been once but would love to go back again.

Nice picture . . . looks like we caught it at similar flows. Here's a picture from my visit, my friend is in the bottom right corner for scale:



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ooo, my turn.

here she is at flood stage:



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Gadzooks! Holy raging waterfall, Batman!

That is incredible. What were the creek crossings like getting there? Any pictures of Big Laurel Falls or Sheep Cave Falls at those water levels?


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i had to bump some older photos from my online folders... that's why i posted the video instead of photos. i'll see if i can dig them from my hard drive when i get home. i did not get a lot of photos on my way out that day because it was a constant unforgiving rain. i know i have a photo of the cable crossing... i was posted up there for a moment trying to decide if i was gonna brave it, or not.

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Did this hike the Weekend after Thanksgiving. Great place to go, water and falls were all flowing well.
Spent Friday,Saturday and Sunday night.
After hunting season i'll check out the WMA.


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hey Mark, here's a blog i did on that hike. the water was already high on my way in. and then it proceeded to rain all night and the next day. so, some of these photos are before the deluge, some after.

https://sites.google.com/site....-gushin


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I can see what the cable crossing is for now!

Oh, I was looking at your Honey Creek Loop report on your blog. Going back up to BSF next week, and might do it on the way in, though I'm specifically going to check out the KY side.
Don't know what to expect as far as water flow compared to this time last year, but am definitely expecting ice with the Oneida forecast calling for 16F Monday night :)
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have fun, man. Honey Creek might be my favorite, especially with the water up. there's a pretty good stretch where you're in and out of the creek going up a box canyon (or as close as a eastern gulch can get to a box canyon)... fun stuff

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Absolutely! I did it last December, and loved it.
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