Location: 1081 Cummins Mill Rd., TN
Trail Length: Apprx. 4 Miles (or 3.2 mi. if skipping the Overlook Trail)
Difficulty: Moderate (requires river crossing - bring proper footwear)
Solitude: Presumably crowded during summer months due to excellent swimming hole.
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NOTE: To simply get to the falls and swimming hole, the hike in is a scant 1.6 miles in (3.2 miles round trip.) If you also want to view the overlook area, taking the Overlook Trail out and back will only add another half or three-quarter miles round trip.
Shortly past the initial parking lot trailhead, you will soon see a trail split offering either the “Waterfall Overlook” or “Downstream Shortcut.’ Take a right for the shortcut. The trail will split again offering “Waterfall Overlook Area” or “Downstream Trail.” Again, veer to the right for the Downstream Trail. The trail now winds briefly through dense woods of laurel and hardwood as it descends into the river gorge. The last 100 yards or so of the trail as it falls into the river bed are very steep and somewhat slick with mud. Climbing ropes had been affixed to trees for handrails when I was there. By no means is this especially difficult terrain, but it is worth noting for those with small kids or physical complications. Once you reach the river, take a left and enjoy the cool air and scenery of a mountain river basin. Eventually, you will reach a first river crossing that was roughly knee-deep during my visit. From here, you will walk a few hundred yards before crossing back over the river in an area that was only ankle deep during my trek. At this point, you are almost to the falls.
|Above is the section of Blackburn Fork Scenic River that require crossing to reach the falls.|
|The scene approaching the falls is stunning from first sight.|
|The view from the overlook.|
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