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The Butler Museum

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Appalachian

The Appalachian Trail skirts Watauga Lake and crosses it at the Dam ...

Blue Hole Falls

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Jonesborough TN

Home of the International Storytelling Festival ...

Iron Mountain Inn

See this beautiful lodge with breathtaking views ...

Rat Branch Boat Ramp

This is the westernmost boat ramp on the lake ...

Watauga Point

This beautiful park is great for picnics, boating and swimming ...

The Carter Mansion

Where Tennessee history started. Learn about the Carter family ...

Doe River Gorge

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Gray Fossil Site

A spectacular fossil site discovered not long ago ...

Colonel Roderick Butler

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Sugar Hollow Retreat

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Fish Springs Marina

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Blue Hole Falls near Watauga Lake Tennessee

Blue Hole Falls

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See map & links to article references at the end of the article.
March, 2008

Just northeast of Elizabethton, Tennessee is Holston Mountain. The mountain is in the Cherokee National Forest and is surrounded by South Holston Lake to the northwest, Damascus, Virginia on the northeast and Stony Creek Valley and the Iron Mountains on the south. If you travel about 10 miles northeast of Elizabethton on Route 91 to the Stony Creek Valley (see map below), take a left on Panhandle Road toward Holston Mountain. Just about a mile up on the left you will find a graveled parking area. On the right side of the parking area is a well-marked trail that takes you down along the 4 beautiful waterfalls that make up Blue Hole Falls down to the plunge pool. The hike is not long and the scenery is beautiful.

From the parking lot there is another trail that leaves from the left. Be very careful on this trail as it moves closely along a high ridge above the falls.

Recommended Reading : "Cherokee National Forest Hiking Guide" by William Skelton

Click on the image at right to learn more . . .
"A comprehensive hiking guide to the Cherokee National Forest. Comprised of 625,565 acres along the Tennessee-North Carolina state line, this forest includes much of the western slopes of the southern Appalachian Mountains, north and south of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The area encompasses a tremendous diversity of wildlife, vegetation, and scenic vistas of high mountain peaks and beautiful creeks, waterfalls, and valleys. Over one hundred trails and footpaths wind throughout this wildlife haven, inviting everyone who loves the outdoors - hikers, backpackers, hunters, anglers, horseback riders - to explore its natural beauty."
     - Book Description from Amazon.com

Blue Hole Falls near Watauga Lake Tennessee Blue Hole Falls near Watauga Lake Tennessee

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Blue Hole Falls near Watauga Lake Tennessee Blue Hole Falls near Watauga Lake Tennessee

Blue Hole Falls near Watauga Lake Tennessee

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