Stinging Fork Falls like Virgin Falls and the Laurel-Snow Pocket Wilderness used to be owned by the Bowater Paper Company. Bowater set the lands aside to not be logged noticing their beauty and then they donated the lands to the state. The Stinging Fork Falls makes up the Falls Segment of the Cumberland Trail. So far the trail to the waterfall and the overlook are the only constructed parts of the Cumberland Trail constructed in the Falls Segment. The Cumberland Trail Conference currently does not know how it is going to route the trail through this segment.
|The trail from the parking lot|
After half a mile, the trail splits. The trail that goes to the right, leads to the waterfall and the trail that goes to the left goes to the overlook. We chose to go left since the other couple went right. The trail is at most a quarter mile long. It was fall when we went so the view was fairly good. The only problem was, there wasn't much to see. It wasn't a bad view and we were able to see up and down the gorge.
|A panorama of the gorge|
|End of Trail at the Falls|
We hiked back to the car, going a little slower. It was tougher going back up the gorge to the car. Once we reached the trail split the trail eased out. We had hiked some parts of the Cumberland Trail before and I have decided to dub it the trail of switchbacks. With how the trail is laid out and the terrain that it covers, the trail makers have little choice but to use switchbacks.
|Little Hiker Guy I like these|
|Stairs needing repairs|