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Blue Hole, Greeter Falls Loop, and Greeter Trail

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South Cumberland State Park

Blue Hole, Greeter Falls Loop, and Greeter Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Altamont, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.5 mi Elevation gain 534 ft Route type Out & Back

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Allie Tooley
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HikingBlowdownBugsRocky

This was a confusing trail addition when coming from the Big Creek Rim. The Blue Hole was not worth it. It was an extra mile and a half out of the way and there is nothing to see. Greeter Falls was gorgeous, wish we would have had longer to spend there. There were lots of people at both of the water areas.

Rick Williams
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HikingBlowdownRocky

Wonderful hike. Ran into a couple of blow downs near Alum Gap, otherwise an awesome hike!

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Ashley H.
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Britt Hunter
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Hiking

Wonderful Loop and trail. Multiple waterfalls and an overlook. Also couple of places to hit the water and cool down, highly recommend.

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Jenny Smith
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HikingRocky

Loved the trails and can't wait to go back! Had a weekday off so headed down early which worked out great as far as parking and avoiding the crowds. Did the Greeter Falls Loop trail to Greeter trail as far as we could go (downed tree across the trail-could be maneuvered through and will be next time) then back to the Blue Hole trail. Greeter Falls and Boardtree Falls were beautiful, the rock formations along the trails were amazing, and all the foliage was gorgeous! Would recommend wearing hiking boots or some other sturdy shoe with good grip as parts of the trail are rocky and can be steep and others can be slick. Also, followed someone else's recommendation to go left at the bottom of the stairs when you get to lower Greeter Falls - didn't feel like going sliding so avoided the slanted rock.

Monica Axelrod
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JD JD Bennett
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Did Boardtree to Greeter Falls. To Boardtree is easy to Moderate and after Boardtree you come to a path navigating through bluffs on the right. Beautiful boulders and scenery but is a moderate hike and strenuous for beginners in spots depending on fitness level. Greeter became very busy and a lot of beginners/novices seem to gather with the expectations of an easy hike down to the falls. Definitely not easy as the spiral steps are narrow and the entire area at Greeter Falls gets crowded quickly. Lower Falls wouldn't recommend for kids. Pre Teens and Teens could do it but I highly suggest proper footwear. For your safety. leave the slip on sandles and flip flops home. It is slippery and rocky. Upper Falls is not as bad though is rocky and careful and smart thinking needs to be kept in mind at all times.

Sandra Evans
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We went to Greeter Falls over the weekend and it was so slammed with people. Rangers were there helping with all the madness. We waited about 10 minutes for a parking spot. It was a beautiful day, Mother's Day and hadn't rained in awhile. So this may not be the norm. Everything was great until we met a Canadian family warning us about how slippery it was down the lower falls trail. We go down the spiral staircase and reach mud steps which are anchored with wood to prevent further erosion. Having 2 small kids and trying to get down these steps was terrifying. I'm not sure if it was all the traffic of people wet from swimming or perhaps water from the rocks. To our relief, we finally reached the next steps which were metal and make our way to the bottom where we are actually to the base of the falls. Go left guys. I seen a 60 year old almost do the spilts. At the base of the metal steps is a huge slanted rock. If you step off, one leg will be on the steps and the other way down this massive rock.lol It was beautiful from what we could see. So many people were there. I did get to enjoy the lesser known Boardtree Falls later. Alot less people over that way.

Morgan Todd
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Brian Thurman
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This is a pretty good trail with two nice waterfalls. I went to the blue hole and thought that was the best thing.

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Jason Reiling “cricket”
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Hiking

Combination trail hiking in blue hole, which is nice, with Greeter falls, which is great

Lauren Terry
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HikingBugs

Pretty neat trail, you can go way back along the rim if you choose. Take the loop to the left, it’s easier and once you climb back out of the falls you will practically be at the parking lot. Heads up though, we experienced a lot of bugs in the face on the trail today.

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Charles Edmonds
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Hiking

This is a great trail and a lot of fun.

Sheri Y.
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HikingRockyScramble

This is probably my new favorite hike. It was so fun to scramble down (completely optional) to both Boardtree and Greeter Falls (and back up!). The falls were spectacular! The rocky trail under the bluffs is also fun, challenging, and completely doable for able bodied individuals. The overlook at the end (before you turn back) is fantastic! Oh, there's also a historic site early on. What more do you need? I wouldn't bring small children, but tweens and older would love the adventure and the swimming hole. The trail was shaded the entire way. Simply loved it!

Morgan Franklin
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Sara Hess
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Awesome hiking area, we saw two huge waterfalls and a lot of geological features! Explored the whole area, muddy after rains, but great day!

David Cignoni
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a nice hike, you can see 3 falls, the Blue Hole (nothing impressive for height , but a nice swimming hole...(the Grundy Day Loop in Savage Gulf also has a small falls called Blue Hole), Geeters Falls (make sure you see the upper part too, quite impressive) and Boardtree Falls (see my pics in the photo section...)

Delineliz Zayas
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Clark Bryant
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Keven Reed
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Kristen Davis
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Lauren Varnell
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Aaron Smith
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