Blue Hole Falls

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Blue Hole Falls is a 0.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Elizabethton, Tennessee that features a waterfall. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
137 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

waterfall

Take Highway 91 east (NE) out of Elizabethton, TN about 10 miles. Turn left onto Panhandle Road at the brown national forest sign for "Blue Hole." 36.4328833 -82.0725833

nature trips
13 days ago

Beautiful falls & very easy to get to. The “parking lot” is located on the left side of the dirt road and is approx .25 miles past the fork in the road. I’ve posted a picture of the parking lot because we didn’t realize it was a parking lot until we drove up the entire mountain & back down - beautiful scenery though!!

Also, I wouldn’t call this a hike. It’s more like you walk to the falls.

24 days ago

I read a review somewhere of Blue Hole where the person was complaining about a guy walking around with a big knife strapped to his leg. We were vacationing in the area, and visited today. I met that very man. He was a local, and goes there to walk the FS road, and carries the knife due to bears. Really nice guy, and exemplifies the typical misunderstanding of country people by 'visitors' sent there by internet posts.

As for the falls, it was incredible. My wife and I stayed for a few hours swimming. The water is breathtakingly cold. I could see where it would get crowded. The parking area is super small. Other than that, this is a hidden gem that I hope can be preserved.

1 month ago

Breath taking!! the waterfalls are beautiful. the hike isn't too long to the falls, but it is STEEP. wear good shoes, don't jump off any rocks and enjoy the view. I wouldn't say this one is kid friendly but definitely dog friendly.

1 month ago

Beautiful waterfall wear water shoes if you get in water there is some broken glass

1 month ago

Very short hike but super nice swimming hole. People were jumping off rocks pretty high up, there’s also more trails if you follow the creek on back with more swimming holes. Overall it was beautiful!! But also pretty crowded :)

1 month ago

To get to the hole stay to the left, there are a couple different trails there

hiking
2 months ago

Very short hike to multiple waterfalls! Beautiful place. Go off the trail and follow the creek to find hidden falls! Great swimming hole!

walking
2 months ago

this is a sorry excuse for a hike. you can hear the falls from the parking lot and you just walk down some stairs. I read the other reviews stating the same thing, but I didn't expect it to be that close. the falls are really pretty and I love that there were teirs. it's a good place to go if you want to swim and only have a short walk.

hiking
2 months ago

loved it a great site reminded me of my home state Colorado.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful. Already can’t wait to go back and swim!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful falls. Not well marked. Easy hike and well worth the stairs!!

4 months ago

Not really a hike. Just a few steps from the pull off to the falls. Beautiful. Plan on returning in summer with Chaco’s and swimming trunks.

4 months ago

Easy hike down to Blue hole and grotto falls. Beautiful scenery . You can walk around to the left of blue hole and up through some brush to access a cliff at the top you can jump off of into it. Be careful. It can be slippery

hiking
5 months ago

Easy short hike to some amazing waterfalls. Usually lots of people here. Hard to get good pictures unless you go early or late on week day.

hiking
5 months ago

Good trail if you have little ones. Water is cold but refreshing.

hiking
6 months ago

Small but beautiful falls with swimming hole. Saw it when frozen and plan to go back in the spring. Not much of a hike but coming back up the stairs from the bottom of the falls is brutal if you’re not in shape.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike with amazing waterfalls

9 months ago

Beautiful..love this place!!

10 months ago

Absolutely breathtaking!

10 months ago

it was fun just watching adults and kiddos jumping in the cold water. a very cool place to hang out.

11 months ago

Beautiful little spot. More of a walk then a hike. Nice place to swim and enjoy the day.

11 months ago

Beautiful! Great swimming hike!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

easy although it has an incline and stairs. very beautiful

hiking
Monday, August 14, 2017

My favorite swimming hole and waterfall. It's sometimes too crowded though.

hiking
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

If there is a large waterfall, it has been closed to the public. The trail is unimpressive and not as awing as you would expect a forest hiking trail to be. There was a long shallow stream that separated a clearly visible road and the trail, so the trail doesn't actually go into the forest at all... just around it. This was a very disappointing trip.

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