Since Jason and I arrived in Tennessee on May 1, 2013, a new love for nature has formed. Every opportunity we have we go exploring, which usually leads us to an incredible waterfall. This has become our new passion and hobby, going hiking and marking waterfalls off on the map. So far we have found waterfalls in Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and Kentucky. I have included photographs of each waterfall under the state where it is located.
I’m constantly updating this list, which also includes a link to each blog and tons of photographs of our adventures. There is also a passage included from the blog under each photograph.
Laurel Falls: July 22, 2013
The walk that led us to the waterfall was quite the hike. We walked straight down rocks, which definitely slowed my pace.
At one point in our hike we walked alongside the water on rocks.
Revisited Laurel Falls: September 9, 2013
Jason and I went back to Laurel Falls today, which is located in the Cherokee National Forest (Pond Mountain Wilderness) in Hampton, Tennessee. It was truly a perfect day, a great way to celebrate us being together for four years.
Now this is where the fun began. The last time we were here in July, a couple of guys who were camping, showed Jason a trail that went directly up alongside the waterfall. Well today was the day, today I climbed up this trail on all four’s at a few points until Jason and I reached the part that became a little more even alongside the waterfall.
Directions from 1-26 to the trailhead:
- Take exit 24 to Elizabethton on Scenic US 321 8.4 miles
- Turn right at 19E Jct staying on 321 5.2 miles
- In Hampton, turn left on 321 1.3 miles
- Look to the right for the parking lot and trailhead area.
- In Hampton turn left on 321 0.8 miles
- Take a right on to Dennis Cove Drive 3.3 miles
- Take the windy road up the mountain to the Appalachian Trail Crossing at the Dennis Cove trailhead where you will find a parking lot on either side of the road.
Blue Hole: July 28, 2013
Although there were not many trails to take at this destination, the areas we found were an amazing sight to see.
Twisting Falls: July 29, 2013
We found another waterfall in Carter County, Tennessee off of Poga Road tonight, which was only seconds away from the North Carolina border.
Once the scenic road lead us to our destination, we got out of the car at 2,700 feet.
… our new path, which we climbed straight down to 2,350 feet.
Gentry Creek Falls: August 11, 2013
Today’s hike was insane … a new adventure that left me feeling extremely confident by the time we left. There was a fast flowing creek along the path, one that we had to cross 26 times in and out of the National Cherokee Forest.
Dennis Cove Falls: August 12, 2013
In order to get there we had to cross three creeks … by cable. The first and second we ended up doing half by cable and the other through the water on or in-between rocks. The third cable was by far the easiest because of a log we could walk on while hanging onto the cable.
Directions from Laurel Falls alternative hike:
- Continue on Dennis Cove Road for 1-mile. Just before the single car bridge is a small parking lot. Directly across the road is the trailhead.
Jones Falls: August 25, 2013
That is when our adventure continued as we searched for our second waterfall, Jones Falls, in Tennessee.
We walked behind a gate located in the parking area, which remains closed to traffic, and followed a rather wide trail. We stayed on that trail for about a half of a mile before it opened to the creek.
This is where it got tricky.
Revisited Jones Falls: March 1, 2014
I have experienced cabin fever this winter for the first time in my adult life. With temperatures sometimes as low as the single digits, Jason and I spent a lot of time indoors. This winter was definitely a change from what I’m used to as A Florida girl.
Backbone Falls: September 2, 2013
According to a sign posted near Backbone Rock, “Around 1900, the Beaver Dam Railway Company blasted and drilled the tunnel to provide railroad access from Damascus into Shady Valley’s rich manganese and iron ores and timber. Within the next 20 years, the area’s privately owned timber had been cut over twice and ravaged by a devastating fire.”
We walked across the street and found another trail, a trail that led us to Backbone Falls.
Pine Ridge Falls: September 16, 2013
After we walked across the creek there is an opening in the trail where you can head straight or turn left. Make sure you turn left, this is the path that leads to the waterfall. Shortly after we continued our hike in that direction, we started to hear the water.
Sill Branch Falls: September 16, 2013
This path, although uphill at certain sections, was not difficult to hike. Jason and I found ourselves going off the path down towards the creek, where there was more to see.
Every view we saw was breathtaking.
Red Fork Falls: September 16, 2013
There was quite a bit of climbing involved in this hike, either on rocks or on tree roots located on the path. I’m starting to become good at seeing the hand and foot holes when climbing up and down rocks.
We crossed two creek beds before we found ourselves along the top of the waterfall. This is when we found many places that gave us plenty of opportunities to get a view of the cascading water.
Laurel Falls at Laurel Run Park: March 21, 2014
Jason and I went for a hike at a new park I found on Facebook, Laurel Run Park, in Church Hill, Tennessee. It was only about a 10-mile drive for us from Kingsport, making it a perfect afternoon getaway in nature.
According to the Hawkins County website, the 440-acre park was the backdrop for the movie “The River,” which was filmed in 1984. This park runs along the Holston River.
Revisited Laurel Falls at Laurel Run Park: June 3, 2014
Today was the first day Jason had off in a while and I was determined to get us all out into nature, Lucy included.
So last night, I made the decision, we would head back to Laurel Run Park, a destination not too far from our house.
Margarette Falls: July 1, 2014
Today started off on the perfect note . . . yep both Jason and I had a day off together. We hit the road early with our puppy, Lucy, in tow, and traveled to our perfect getaway, nature.
I have also placed the Virginia waterfalls in date order within this state. I’ve included the Devil’s Bath Tub, which really isn’t a waterfall per say, but an incredible hike and views.
Little Stony Falls: June 30, 2013
The hike was breathtaking and the trail was adventurous. At times Jason had to help me along where part of the path disappeared.The best part of the hike was the canopy of trees that kept us cool and out of the direct sunlight.
Revisited Little Stony Falls: July 25, 2014
According to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the trail is 2.8-miles. By the time we finished our 4 hour and 12 minute hike, we traveled between 5 1/2 to six miles on foot with our 7-month old puppy, Lucy.
The trail follows Little Stony Creek, which according to the website, guides hikers through a 400-feet deep and 1,700-foot wide gorge.
Devil’s Bath Tub: July 12, 2014
We eventually made our way to High Knob Road, which took us to the trailhead. Thank goodness the road wasn’t wet and muddy, or we might have had trouble getting all the way back to the starting point.
After we parked we climbed about a dozen or so stairs to get to the trail, which was an almost instant decline down the hill. At this point Jason said what I was thinking . . . this wasn’t going to be fun on our way out.
I have also placed the North Carolina waterfalls in date order within this state.
Elk Falls: August 25, 2013
Elks Falls was located in North Carolina. That waterfall was rather easy to find, as well as a very popular destination.
We then went back on the trail, which was about a quarter-mile to the waterfall. One of the easiest trails we have hiked.
Revisited Elk Falls: March 1, 2014
By the time we made it to Elk Falls it was getting colder, so we didn’t stay for long. Last time we stopped here there were a ton of people swimming in the water and sun bathing on the rocks. This time we had the view all to ourselves.
Linville Falls: August 26, 2013
Jason and I drove to North Carolina today to check out Linville Falls, which was located off Blue Ridge Parkway.
Once we arrived there was a map outside the welcome center that showed the different trails you could follow to check out the waterfall.
We first followed the gravel pathway to Gorge View that lead to the lookout at the top of the waterfall. This hike was very easy and traveled by many others of all ages.
After taking this all in we traveled to Chimney View. Again not a bad hike.
Then the adventures began. We took Plunge Basin, which was the hardest hike of them all and less traveled by others.
I have also placed the Kentucky waterfalls in date order within this state.
Bad Branch Falls: July 15, 2013
The trail was full of rocks, both big and small, and roots, which made it difficult to look at your surroundings while trying not to trip on the path.
The best part was walking behind the waterfall. The rocks were slippery and the water was cold. It was different looking through from that angle.
Gabe’s Branch Falls: September 8, 2013
After parking we walked straight down, which led to a overlook of the top of the waterfall, which pooled into a water hole where individuals could swim.
According to information on the Harlan County website, the falls is 15 to 20 feet tall in the northern mountains of Harlan County on Gabe Branch near the Leslie County line. The water falls into an 8 to 10 foot deep swimming hole.