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Old May 20, 2010, 5:23 PM   #1
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Default Virgin Falls State Natural Area

Our state is blessed with many scenic wild places, many of which are cared for by our state Natural Area system. One of these lush green gems is Virgin Falls State Natural Area.
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It's an amazingly diverse forest habitat, with an incredible richness of flowering plants (here are American Columbo, Mt. Laurel, and Wild Geranium (wet with waterfall spray)).
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It's also very rich in animal life. Here are two examples - A Blue Dasher and a Tulip Tree Silkmoth.
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Oh, and a very friendly Skunk (don't pet that kitten!)
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For most folks, the main attraction of Virgin Falls are the waterfalls. Here are a few views of Big Branch Falls (actually the smallest of the major waterfalls here).
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Many people enjoy the back-country campsite that is right near Big Laurel Falls. Water flows over the cave entrance, and then back into the cave. Makes for some interesting views!
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All this moisture is great for amphibians. There were many of these Red Efts out wandering near the falls. (Isn't he cute??)
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After about 4 or so miles of pretty easy hiking, you will begin to hear the roar of Virgin Falls. It's about 120' of water flowing out of one cave and into another. Here are a few views - any preferences?
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The hike back to the trailhead was full of small discoveries, like this very patient Hairstreak butterfly.
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So happy that this fine wild place is set aside for us and for the future. Hope you enjoyed the hike as well!
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