The Blue Hole

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The Blue Hole…the name itself is intriguing enough to catch my interest.  When I learned that it was the name of a waterfall in NE Tennessee, I had put it on my list of waterfalls to seek out this year.  This past weekend, I just happened to find myself staying in a cabin in NE Tennessee, about 30 minutes from the Blue Hole, so this became our destination for a Saturday afternoon hike.  The location is in the Stony Creek area, a smaller  town just outside of Elizabethton, TN.  After a pretty ride up State Highway 91 and a short drive up Panhandle Rd, we were there.  It turns out that it wasn’t much of a hike, maybe a 1/2 round trip total at most.

The Blue Hole is not a single waterfall, but  actually a series of 4 waterfalls. All 4 of them are small, but certainly not lacking character.  Some recent rains also had the water levels at a decent level.  It was a good day to be here.  The hike is just a short scramble down a fairly steep hill.  There are some interesting steps built for assistance here, they are quite steep though.  Once down the hill, falls 2, 3, and 4 are all very close to one another.  I am guessing that it is falls #3 that gives the blue hole its name as it creates a fairly large pool with a greenish/blue…color.  It is gorgeous little waterfall and yet another reminder that a waterfall does not have to be large to be spectacular.  Just upstream from #3 is #2, which some might consider 1 waterfall, but they have separate pools and drops with enough stream separating them for me.

Blue Hole #2 is very nice as well.  It can only be heard from the trail as you must enter a small opening to view the large hole cut out by the stream over the years .  Being inside of this and outside on Blue Hole #3 gives these two waterfalls very different feels and both are very photogenic.  Notice the cup on the left side.  I am sorry to report that trash is a problem at this location.  It appears the locals like to come to this area, drink and throw their garbage everywhere.  It is a shame as this is a special area.  I have some choice words for people like this that I will use my better judgement and leave off of the blog.

Blue Hole #1 gets things here started off nicely!

Interesting Stairs to Falls

3 comments

  1. I agree that people should take their trash with them. It shows no class. Imagine what their homes look like?

    I would like to request a pix of the stairs at stone mt. All 298 steps.

    You heard of big foot, well I heard of ” quick stepper” Ha ha. P

  2. Do you remember if the road back in turns into gravel at some point? I’m asking as we are on motorcycles. Thanks for the info on this spot. Maggie

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