Explore the most popular hiking trails near Elizabethton with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

nature trips
9 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.

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.

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.

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 :)

After about a mile up the service road you reach the fire tower. The trail continues into the woods (blue blaze markers) at the bend in the service road right before turning to go up to the fire tower. However, the Trail is still VERY overgrown. I hacked about .2-.3 of a mile into it John Muir style but it just wasn’t worth it. If you are looking to get to flint rock for the overlook just take the flint mill trail instead.

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!

on Blue Hole Falls

hiking
2 months ago

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

Not really a hike. Pretty river views. Just Nice walk. Easy to get to. right in Town.

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

We went in early Feb. with snow on the ground and the views were amazing.

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.

6 months ago

Good hiking/jogging trail. Great views of the lake this time of year and the Tri-Cities area.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike with amazing waterfalls

Beautiful..love this place!!

10 months ago

Absolutely breathtaking!

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

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

Beautiful! Great swimming hike!

11 months ago

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.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Highly overgrown! It was a guess as to which way the trial went a head of you. I DO NOT recommend doing right now. I turned back after a short bit to be safe.

Load More