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?

Black Canyon Falls, Tennessee

Black Canyon Falls in December 2009

Black Canyon Falls seems to be appropriately named. The sky was moderately cloudy on the day that I visited the Fiery Gizzard Trail, but there was still some sun. When trying to photograph this particular waterfall, it was rather difficult. The rock consistently showed up as being very dark in all of the pictures. The rock surrounding the falls seems to absorb light very well, hence the appropriate name.

The hike to the falls was enjoyable even for a late December. I lucked out because the weather in Tennessee turned not-so-nice just a few weeks later. Still, the temperatures were very comfortable.

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. This waterfall is found near where a number of trails merge.

Accessibility: 5/10 (moderate)
Height: 15′
Length of Hike: 1.8 miles round-trip

Where in the World is Black Canyon Falls?

Sycamore Falls, Tennessee

The Fiery Gizzard Trail is about 14 miles long. I have only hiked a short portion of the trail, and Sycamore Falls represented the end of that hike. You can actually wander around many loops in the Fiery Gizzard Trail. They loop trails merge together rather early on.

I can’t remember exactly how far Sycamore Falls is along the trail, but it is essentially the last waterfall listed on the map for some distance. Later along on the trail, there is another waterfall, but it required a further 3 mile hike, which I wasn’t particularly interested in doing. Foster Falls is on the opposite end of the trail, and I visited Foster Falls separately.

Some of the other waterfalls are easier to visit along the trail, but Sycamore Falls does require some mountain-goat qualities. At one point, you hike up a moderately steep slope, which isn’t terribly bad, except that the trail below you is composed of large, moving rocks instead of flat ground. As you’re hiking along, Sycamore Falls is found along a side-trail, which was rather easy to find.

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. For the quickest hike to this specific falls, follow the Fiery Gizzard Trail for a ways to the side-trail to the falls. You can also hike down the Day Use Trail, where you will reconnect back into the Fiery Gizzard Trail. Hiking on the Day Use Trail allows you to view other falls, but adds time to your hike.

Accessibility: 5/10 (moderate)
Height: 12′
Length of Hike: 2.8 miles round-trip

Sycamore Falls in late December 2009

Where in the World is Sycamore Falls?