Blue Hole Falls, Tennessee

I believe I recently had a question asking about the Fiery Gizzard Trail, and I’m here to say I’m not really sure I can tell you everything about the Fiery Gizzard Trail. Let me start by saying the trail is very beautiful and enjoyable, and if you’re in the area, you should definitely check out the trail. I’ve posted about a number of other waterfalls found along the Fiery Gizzard Trail.

But that’s where the problem arises: there are so many small to medium waterfalls along the trail. The brochure, which you should check out here, mentions many different waterfalls, but once I got to the falls, I have to admit I wasn’t really sure which one I was looking at. Was this the true Blue Hole Falls? Or does Blue Hole Falls just refer to some drop along this portion of the creek? Maybe someone out there can clarify this. Searching for Blue Hole Falls leads to pictures of other waterfalls that look like Hanes Hole Falls and another waterfall (all in the same general vicinity). And realize, this is only in a very small portion of the whole Fiery Gizzard Trail, which clocks in at 12.5 miles ONE-WAY. If you’re looking for Foster Falls, that’s on the other end of that 12.5 miles. (And there are a number of waterfalls in between…) I say all of this to urge you to visit the Fiery Gizzard Area in the Grundy Forest Natural Area. If you have the time available, you might be able to find more waterfalls than you originally expected.

Directions:

  1. As you enter Tracy City along US-41, you should notice a sign indicating the Fiery Gizzard Trail/Grundy Forest.
  2. Follow the signs to the trail, where you’ll find a sign-in sheet and other information.
  3. From here, follow either the Fiery Gizzard Trail or the Day Loop Trail, which can both lead to this falls, though you’ll pass by different waterfalls along the way.

Accessibility: 7/10 (easy/moderate)
Height: 9′
Length of Hike: 1.8 miles round-trip

Blue Hole Falls (?) in December 2009

Where in the World is Blue Hole Falls?

Hanes Hole Falls, Tennessee

When searching for waterfalls, I don’t always have a plan. I visited Foster Falls in Tennessee, and then noticed at the site that the Fiery Gizzard Trail was nearby, and they listed multiple waterfalls near the beginning of the trail. I decided to go since the hike didn’t seem to be too long. While the waterfalls along the trail are not that large, the hike is extremely enjoyable, even in late December.

Hanes Hole Falls is only 5 or so feet tall. I really love the waterfall, though. It has a very interesting shape, and I remember thinking that the water was some of the clearest I had seen in a while. It had this almost icy sheen to it, though no ice was to be found any where.

Directions:

  1. As you enter Tracy City along US-41, you should notice a sign indicating the Fiery Gizzard Trail/Grundy Forest.
  2. Follow the signs to the trail, where you’ll find a sign-in sheet and other information.
  3. From here, follow either the Fiery Gizzard Trail or the Day Loop Trail, which can both lead to this falls, though you’ll pass by different waterfalls along the way.

Accessibility: 7/10 (easy/moderate)
Height: 5′
Length of Hike: 1.8 miles round-trip

Hanes Hole Falls in December 2009

Where in the World is Hanes Hole Falls?