Downstream Trail to Blue Hole

MODERATE 67 reviews
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Downstream Trail to Blue Hole is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Rock Island, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
351 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

canoeing

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

whitewater kayaking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

old growth

rocky

washed out

An 883-acre State Park with great views and a unique location on the confluence of the Collins and Caney Fork rivers. The park grounds include a lush forest, a sandy beach, and an imposing limestone gorge. Lots of waterfalls and overlooks throughout! Pretty easy out and back trail with plenty of views. Be careful with kids or people not used to balancing. The trail can get narrow in spots. Rock hopping on the river can be very fun but gets pretty dangerous. There is more to this trail and other trails not shown on the map link included. Warning! Always use caution in the gorge. Water may rise rapidly. Monitor your surroundings. Leave the gorge immediately if water begins to rise or you hear warning sirens. Watch for slick rocks & swift currents. Do NOT jump into water of unknown depths. Swimming or wading is not allowed in all areas from TVAs powerhouse downstream all the way down to the main beach boat ramp including by the powerhouse, Twin Falls and Blue Hole due to hidden and deadly currents.

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2 months ago

Super disappointing hike. The falls are at the trailhead, and it's such a short hike with nothing to really look at. The trees are really young as well so it's just a super big disappointment.

4 months ago

Beautiful hike, pretty steep, not super long. Love it every time!

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4 months ago

Beautiful beautiful place

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4 months ago

Nice trial awesome sights along the way. Easy for all age groups. Would go back anytime.

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4 months ago

The pros on this trail are fairly easy. 1. It's one of the very few trails that (after going down some "real" stairs) you start at the bottom of the water fall. No steep descent followed up a steep ascent. 2. Rock Island has various activities within the park. You can swim and go hiking on multiple trails. 3. Indoor bathrooms at the welcome center. This is huge when you travel with children. 4. If you do have children, you'll be happy that there are relatively few parts on the trail where you hug along a cliff. 5.The water fall is right there as soon as you get out of your car.

The con - The water fall is right there as soon as you get out of your car. You are basically left with a nature walk out, away from the water fall and back to the waterfall. There are many times where you stop and think "Wait. Where are we going?" If you contrast to a trail like the Grundy Day Loop, there you see water activity all along the path. Here you're pretty much walking among the trees.

I will go to Rock Island again, but I wouldn't go any farther than the water fall on this trail again.

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5 months ago

This was a very easy trail to see some magnificent waterfalls. Well worth the short hike.

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5 months ago

Loved this trail! Great view and just long enough for a moderate hiker. A little wet in places on the trail but there were rocks that my friend and I used to walk on to keep our shoes relatively dry. All in all, a great trail.