The Blue Hole

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


Author: waterfallshiker

I gave up the video game playing, TV watching lifestyle years back now. There just had to be more to life. I discovered a love for waterfalls on Christmas day 2008, at Elk River Falls in Elk Park NC. While not initially realizing it, this opened a whole new world, and lifestyle for me. I now love to spend my free time, hiking to waterfalls, and mountain tops in search of pristine views. This has also led me to a love of photography and blogging. While i am still not an expert at either several years in to this, I love the challenges that both offer me. I see my skills getting better at both as time goes by. Sharing what I see via social media brings me great joy. I love the feedback, good and bad. I love to see what others are able to show as well. I created my blog "WaterfallsHiker", originally to just help myself keep up with my travels, not really with any real purpose in mind. After 2 years on this blog, I see that It has evolved into a combination of an information site, and a place to show off my progress as an amateur photographer. I try to do it all and include some bits of my personality as well. It is something I really enjoy doing. When I am not working on this hobby, I can be found on a golf course, spending time with my beautiful fiance and her daughter, or working my 40 hours a week at Costco.

3 thoughts on “The Blue Hole”

  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


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