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The Two RV Gypsies hiked the 1/2 mile round trip to
Blue Hole Falls in Carter County, Tennessee
May 29, 2013
map of Tennessee showing Carter County

Carter County is located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. Carter County is part of the Johnson City Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a component of the Johnson City, Kingsport - Bristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area, commonly known as the "Tri-cities" region of Northeast Tennessee.

Blue Hole Falls is located at the base of Holston Mountain near Stoney Creek. The trail was only 1/2 mile long round trip, and it was mostly an easy trail except for the set of steep stairs just before reaching the waterfall. A small creek runs alongside the trail.

trail to Blue Hole Falls
trail to Blue Hole Falls
trail to Blue Hole Falls

There were several small cascades of water along the trail before reaching Blue Hole Falls.

small cascades of water
small cascades of water

This has been an easy trail so far, except for bending under a tree that crossed over the trail. Brochures call this trail a walk, not a hike.

Lee Duquette ducking under a tree branch
Lee Duquette ducking under a tree branch

The only hard part of this trail was the steps shown below. There are not that many steps, but the distance from one step to the next was a bit steep. The two RV Gypsies found it easier to walk beside the steps.

the steep steps just before Blue Hole Falls

Below is the area known as the Plunge Pool. This is why Blue Hole Falls got its name.

Blue Hole Falls

The Height of the Blue Hole Falls is 45 feet.

Blue Hole Falls
Blue Hole Falls

A panorama of Blue Hole Falls

Karen Duquette at Blue Hole Falls
Blue Hole Falls
Blue Hole Falls
Blue Hole Falls
Karen Duquette at Blue Hole Falls

Lee Duquette sat and enjoyed the view of the falls.

Lee Duquette at Blue Hole Falls
Lee Duquette at Blue Hole Falls

It was fun watching girls practically crawl across the slippery area to get closer to the falls. The two RV Gypsies did not do that.

 Blue Hole Falls
Blue Hole Falls

Eventually, the two RV Gypsies went back up the stairs and returned to the parking lot. They found it actually easier to just walk up the slight slope on the right side of the stairs instead of using the stairs.

the steps just before Blue Hole Falls

At the top of the stairs, the two RV Gypsies paused a few moments on a short side path to look down upon the Plunge Pool where they had just been.

looking down at Blue Hole Falls

Below is a view of the upper falls that feeds the main falls, known as the Plunge Pool at Blue Hole.

Blue Hole Falls
Blue Hole Falls

Lee Duquette back on the main trail again.

Lee Duquette on the trail to Blue Hole Falls

Karen Duquette ducked under the tree that was across the trail - When she got to the other side of the tree, she hung on to the tree until she managed to stand up straight again, and realized that Lee took an unflattering photo of her booty.

Karen Duquette ducks under the tree that is across the trail
Karen Duquette ducks under the tree that is across the trail

Lee did NOT bend under the tree, he slowly climbed over the lower part of the tree. Duh - Karen

Lee climbing over a tree on the trail

The dirt road leading away from Blue Hole Falls and down Holston Mountain

The dirt road leading away from Blue Hole Falls


Driving down Holston Mountain, the two RV Gypsies noticed a big house with four attached garages, right next to a single-wide mobile home.

a big house with four garages
a big house with four garages

The two RV Gypsies also noticed one lone house way up on the mountain in front of them.

one lone house way up on the mountain

The two RV Gypsies admired a beautifully shaped flowering tree, but they are not sure what it is called. They really should study flowers and trees more, since Karen loves to photograph them.

a beautifully shaped flowering tree
a beautifully shaped flowering tree
a beautifully shaped flowering tree
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You may visit these five sites in any order you choose, then on to KY

Oddities in Bristol/Kingsport

KOA & the city of Bristol

Doe River & a Covered Bridge
in Elizabethton

Blue Hole Falls,
Carter County

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, Elizabethton, TN

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