I’d like to call this post Laurel Run Falls and Kiner Creek Falls, but the falls thing didn’t quite work out for us. If I had exhibited a little common sense before we set out, I would have known that after rain / snow, that the creek crossings wouldn’t be near as easy as they were when we took the trail the last time when it had been pretty dry.
But, I can tell you about the park and a little about the trail. It’s a nice park to come to and have a picnic. There is a playground for the kids. It’s right on Holston River. We didn’t walk around the entire park, but it looked like there was a nice walking track. On their Facebook page, it shows tennis courts and an area to play volleyball.
But, as for our walk on the trail. Since we had all the rain / snow, we thought this would be a good time to attempt the falls again. We had attempted the falls previously, but it had been dry, and more than likely we walked right by where the falls should have been. When we first started out on the trail, I was very surprised. Looks like they had some equipment out on the trail and widened / laid rock on the trail (for only a little ways). Also, the last time, there were no bridges. And, probably 1/10 of a mile into the walk, it looked like a new bridge had just recently been built. You shortly then come across a log cabin and another little log building. The trail eventually starts climbing, and you will be walking high above the river. There were several places where the trail was very muddy. This is about the muddiest trail I’ve ever experienced. But, if the trail isn’t muddy, we’ve probably not had much rain, and the falls with be nothing. Now, we’re getting ready to run into a little problem. We start descending down towards the river, come around a curve, and a creek with no bridge. As I stated earlier, we should have been prepared with our walking sticks because I walked around and just couldn’t find a good / safe place to cross the creek where we would be sure that we wouldn’t lose our balance and fall in the creek. It was just too cold to be taking an unexpected swim in the creek. So, we turned around and headed back to the park. We walked around the park, down by the river. There was even a little trail beside of Holston River that is only about 1/4 mile.
But, we will be back. When we’re sure there will be plenty of water due to rain / snow, we’ll be back / ready / prepared with our walking sticks.
Here are a few photos. Place cursor over photo for brief description.
Direction: From the intersection of I-26 and 11W in Kingsport, travel south 8.5 miles. Turn left on Goshen Valley Rd. Travel 8/10 of a mile and turn left on River Rd. Continue 2 miles and turn left on Laurel Run Park Rd. It’s about 1.3 miles to the park. Once you arrive at the park, bear to the right and park at the amphitheater. You should see the bridge that you will cross to start the trail as you are driving into the amphitheater area.