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Blue Hole Branch Falls and Rainbow Falls & Cave


Dana & Kenny Koogler


Saturday April 20, 2013



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     Saturday morning we woke and gathered our things up.  We packed and dropped off the key.  Grabbed some breakfast in town and hit the trail.  We planned


to visit Rainbow Falls & Cave today.  I knew there was another waterfall further back called Blue Hole Branch Falls.  I figured it would be a pretty drive to Overton County and should be a nice, short adventure before having to head home. We were keeping our grandson Michael tonight and Sunday.



      Well, I can't tell you a lot about the particulars on this blog because photos = evidence and telling some of what we did could be considered an admission of guilt.

We went back to see the falls and cave.   We found the road re-surfaced in gravel.

We found the gate had been moved to right by Cub Cemetery.  We also found the area had been logged heavily and it appears to be an on-going operation.  It was rather depressing to see.  Whoever did this had no concern for the environment at all and is only worried about making them some Ca$h.   They have left a big old mess and pushed logs over into Blue Hole Branch Falls.   



        We managed to find Blue Hole Branch Falls without any trouble. It had rained so much the previous days that you could hear it roaring off in the distance.  It was 

an impressive waterfall that flows and drops into a cave.   We found our way down the bank and approached it counter-clockwise. 



     





     







Kenny ahead of me moving toward Blue Hole Branch Falls.









Looking up from inside the passage to Blue Hole Branch





First glimpse of the falls






Out of the passage and onto a narrow ledge to see the falls from here



Blue Hole Branch Fallsdrops into a cave.



    We found the waterfall raging and still pretty despite the logging debris pushed into it.

Once through the right hand passage through the rocks we had to turn and hang on to climb on a narrow ledge to view the falls from here.  We found a better way down and a better viewing spot for the falls.  It was a neat place. Glad we finally got to see it.





   Next we turned around and headed a short distance back toward Rainbow Falls and Cave.  I don't know where it got this name as I have been here several times and I have yet to see a rainbow here.   It is a pit cave, but not like Never Sink or South Pittsburg Pit or the Dorton Knob Smoke Hole.   It is eroded and has exposed all but the last 30 feet of the 110 foot waterfall.  The cave opening appears to be down and to the right.  It is very cool. I love the layers of rock here. You can carefully walk down into the pit part of the way and can easily see the bottom.   During times of little rain fall this dries up to a trickle.

Today it had the most water I've ever seen on it!





Rainbow Falls and Cave



Plenty of wildflowers around the falls today.


 



   It was a beautiful day to be out.  I know we'll go back. I found out there is more!

How cool is that?  Also have to take John and Sharon to see this.  


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Here is a link to a very cool, short video of Rainbow Falls Cave.

Rainbow Falls Cave


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Today it had the most water I've ever seen on it!





Love it! Looks like y'all had some serious fun!
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Indeed! The other report on the day before was even better, but I won't post it here. It stays on my blog. :-)

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oh wow, what a neat place. what a shame that it's gettin torn up

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Yes, thanks. I agree. One drawback of hiking and bushwhacking in the Seldom Seen is that many of these places are not protected from destruction like a National Park or State Park.   I have to take the good with the bad unfortunately.

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Indeed! The other report on the day before was even better, but I won't post it here. It stays on my blog. :-)

Yeah, I do read your blog. Gave me a flashback. Since I'll be 42 next Sunday, that particular memory was unfortunately over 23 years old!
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haha! I can believe you have had some memories that will never be publicized, but would make for an excellent story and gossip should it ever git out! LOL  You big luvable redneck! :-)  You've got a kinda Randy Quaid quality to you that I like! I want you on my team.  


I don't post my 4x4 adventures here. The trail sex stuff I don't care to put here.  It don't confront me.

One of our buddies read about my love for trespassing trips and got tickled. His response was that they needed to get me an eye patch and a parrot! hahaha!

I told him I've been told before I had the soul of pirate and the smile of one.


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Hey, I live in Overton. What are they doing up there?
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Logging. It is on private land.  It is probably either the landowner as an individual doing it or perhaps having hired a logger to do it.  Whoever is doing it either doesn't give a damn, lacks knowledge and skill, is greedy and in a hurry, or maybe a combination of all three.  We have a farm that has some timber on it.  We have allowed select trees to be harvested but have never allowed anyone to log this way. It is being clear cut.  I can't help wondering too if they are fixing to try to subdivide ag-forestal land into potential house lots? I hope not.  Paper companies get a bad rap for polluting, but the best job of forestry service I ever witnessed was done by the foresters of a paper company. WestVaCo in Virginia.  If everyone practiced forestry stewardship to those standards our world would be a better place!  I watched the neighbors criticize the landowners for allowing it.  But instead of joining in the gossip I went and visited and watched and learned. It was wonderful to see and I learned a ton of stuff.  I wanted to be one of those guys! Now the land and forest is 15 years past the harvest and is healthier than ever and thriving.  If I ever have anyone work on our farm I'll call the forestry service or Westvaco. Not a private logger.    I hope they'll stay clear of Rainbow Falls and Cave. They had progressed up the hill to within 100 ft of the cave, but had not come any closer.

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haha! I can believe you have had some memories that will never be publicized, but would make for an excellent story and gossip should it ever git out! LOL  You big luvable redneck! :-)  You've got a kinda Randy Quaid quality to you that I like! I want you on my team.  

Well, the first part is certainly true, even if the stories are a little on the rough side.
Randy Quaid? ??? Um...
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Randy Quaid not in your looks but in your sense of humor, your lingo, and your a big guy like him.  You're too clean cut to be looking like him! Meant as a compliment believe me.

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