Blue Hole Falls

Blue Hole Falls, Elizabethton: Address, Blue Hole Falls Reviews: 4.5/5

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Joseph M
Petersburg, VA9 contributions
Jun 2020
Do not miss this freebie. Stunningly beautiful, one of the best I've seen. Romance is in the air. The parking is not clearly marked, and the short path leading to the fall is full of tree roots so be careful. But once you get there inner contentment you'll find. The path leading to the overlook is a must see also, not as heavily traveled, and about half the distance. Take your camera, you'll need it.
Written June 20, 2020
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copper80
ohio53 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
Went down in my flip flops..bad idea. Trail should be done with shoes! Was pretty steep but doable. I hate heights so let the spouse go down the steps to the hole. Out of the way but a must see. Disappointed to see all the trash .Very cool place, but be careful driving up!
Written July 26, 2020
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Mia Hieronymus
Cary, NC14 contributions
Aug 2020
Beautiful location with several swimming holes. There are a few jump options ranging from 5 to 50 feet, but the 30 foot one is dangerous because you may hit a rock if you jump incorrectly. Personally, I loved how doable the trail was and that there were a few places where if you veered off the trail, you would find a natural water slide or another place to jump. My only reservation is that it is a bit tricky to find the parking lot especially if it is getting dark, but otherwise it is a great adventure for families, couples, or by yourself as well. As a side note, there are stairs that can be quite difficult at times when they are slippery so this is not a handicap accessible place.
I plan on going back next time I am visiting Tennessee.
Written August 8, 2020
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PeachTea18
Newcastle, OK182 contributions
May 2018 • Family
Took my mother + twins out to swim, but very shady individuals scowling as we parked. The Blue Hole's history was a sacred spot that has been tainted by true "backwoods neighbors" that hate the tourist season. Used my Waze mapping system to find it & felt like there was "Deliverance Possibilities".
There were people with giant knives taped to their legs walking around the vehicles. No joke-couldn't leave the car with my spidey sense going off.
Written May 18, 2018
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sarah s
Tennessee5 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
Blue Hole is a stunning display of nature. There is no way to capture it's beauty on a cool misty day. Photos will not do this place justice- must be seen in person. While it is a short distance from where you park to the waterfall, it is also steep and dangerous. If you have toddlers or drunken trolls who know no fear for children, an alcoholic uncle, that asthmatic friend who claims they do NOT need to bring their inhaler, or that significant other who gave you the death stare for leaving a scuff mark on their fresh pair of ADIDAS, then this waterfall may not be for you (them...but you, as you will be the one carrying any of the individuals listed back up those steep donkey steps, and trust me, you do NOT want to do that). If your drunken trolls have passed the inebriated stage of childhood and have entered the angry-leprechaun-who thinks-he's-invincible stage, I still would caution against keeping such company. Also beware, there may be various forms of wildlife present. Some would be positive encounters- including but not limited to snakes, bears, salamanders, owls, deer and mountain lions. Some may not fall under the positive category- those include Carter County's finest. Don't get me wrong- Carter County is a beautiful place with some of the smartest and most considerate people around. That being said, there must be balance. If you happen to visit Blue Hole while the other side of Carter County is present, I apologize in advance. You may see trash, you may hear words you would prefer not to hear while on a peaceful retreat to a waterfall, you may even feel the anger and hatred radiating in the air. I hope you do not. Keep in mind- you are just as likely to run into a good ole mountain boy who would risk his life to save a complete stranger from impending doom, or a home-grown survivalist who will share his/her knowledge of these beautiful Tennessee lands that I call home.
Written July 9, 2018
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VanFan3131
Longs, SC100 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
While it is a somewhat difficult descent to the falls, it is well worth it and not worth a “1” on any scale. Several places along the short trail to view of climb down to the pre-falls stream but Care is needed the entire time. We took our 2-1/2 y/o Grandson and carried him down when the stairs started and accross the rocky areas. Water is cold, but our kids swam and the little one went in also, in our arms. Some teens were jumping off the rocks, but I wouldn’t recommend it, and we are an adventurous bunch. It is true that there is some trash in places, that’s a shame but don’t let it deter you. Google maps has it: When on TN 91 look for a small brown sign pointing up a small road (Panhandle Rd), just after the gravel starts park on the left. Easiest trail is on right side of parking...Enjoy!
Written July 26, 2018
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JayAdamG
Church Hill, TN5 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
Great trails and beautiful location. Easy to find and easy to get to. I would not recommend children under 6 as the terrain is extremely rugged. Nice icy cold water pools in two locations for swimming. Planning to go back with just the wife.
Written July 11, 2018
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Wolfgang S
Duluth, GA360 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
WOW - really not something I expected. What a gorgeous hidden gem this "Blue Hole" is indeed. The round-walk is truly worth the drive to this attraction. A few climbs down to the water up stream provide additional wonderful views (see photos). The main attraction is true to its name. A nice pond showing the clear blue color that gave the name to this beauty.
The steps and walk is uneven and definitely not for people having trouble walking stairs. But if you can, take this walk as you will be rewarded with some wonderful serene views.
Written May 1, 2018
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jmpncsu
Raleigh, NC4,369 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
Blue Hole Falls is a beautiful, multi-section waterfall in Cherokee National Forest, northeast of Elizabethton. Go about 10 miles north on TN-91 and then turn left on Panhandle Road. There is a pull-off on the left in just under a mile. It's free to visit, but there are no amenities. We were staying in Roan Mountain and our hotel suggested we visit. Exploring a bit around the area, we found a total of seven sections to this waterfall. The uppermost section is a small cascade that was mostly blocked by rhododendron. Shortly downstream is another cascading section with a better view. Next was my favorite section - a small drop in a grotto-like setting. I had to climb down some rocks and hop over to a sandy area for a picture of this section. The next section is the Blue Hole - the most well-known section and a popular swim hole when the weather is warm enough. Immediately downstream from the Blue Hole is another cascading section. After checking these out, we went back to the parking area and found a path that led to the cliffs above the creek. Up here, we could see two sections at once - the Blue Hole and lower cascades. From the cliff, we continued downstream and found two more sections - small cascade and another small drop, for a total of seven sections. This is a really cool area and great fun for exploring. The only downside is there's a lot of trash. If you visit, please take all your garbage with you.
Written June 22, 2016
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Josh C
Elizabethton, TN41 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
Be careful those that are not in very good shape or not sure footed should stay home on this trip there is lots of walking to get down to the swimming hole and it’s not handicap accessible at all. Th last few years folks have used the site as a dumping ground there is trash everywhere as well as couches and chairs. I wouldn’t be surprised to find needles and everything in the site so do yourself a favor and go to a water park
Written April 14, 2019
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