Devils Fork and Devils Bathtub Loop Trail is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fort Blackmore, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Scenic hike to the Devil's Bathtub, a scoured rock formation within Devil's Fork Creek. Hike follows the creek closely along its entire course, crossing the creek multiple times and passing several scenic swimming holes, rock formations, and waterfalls. This hike continues beyond the Devil's Bathtub, climbing the mountain and returning to the original trailhead. Beyond the Bathtub, however, the trail is much less maintained and may be difficult to follow in some seasons. Overcrowding at the Devil's Bathtub has become a problem, exacerbated by disrespectful hikers ignoring No Trespassing signs and parking along private property when the trailhead parking area becomes full. Please be aware that ALL areas outside of the signed parking area at the trailhead should be considered private property and should not be used for parking. Access to the trailhead is only allowed through an easement from a private landowner, and disregard for property owners' rights by visitors does nothing but needlessly strain this relationship...and puts you at risk of getting your car towed. If you arrive at the trailhead and the parking area is full, consider going somewhere else rather than breaking local trespassing laws. The Bathtub will still be there on another day, and you won't have to fight crowds of people to see it. We recommend Little Stony Falls or the Guest River Gorge as alternative hikes, both of which are nearby, have similar scenery than the Bathtub, and are virtually never crowded.
We walked this trail back in the summer. starting a little before 4:00 PM we didnt get back to the trail head until right at 10:00 PM. Granted we didnt think we were going to walk the entire trail but figured "it doesnt seem to long..." after the bath tub there isnt as much to see. If you dont hike regularly this is a rough trail. Not very suitable for pets for kids. The full trail is longer than the markers lead you to believe. Would be fun to do again just not so late in the evening.
It was absolutely surreal how gorgeous this trail was. We were soaked and covered in sleet and snow but we didn't even mind. The hike is definitely longer than the trail markers say, though, and starting at 12:30 pm with slippery conditions, we made it back to the trail head right after six. We did take quite a bit of time goofing off and taking pictures of everything that caught our gaze on the way to the bathtub. After the bathtub the trail is much more strenuous and a great workout. I would not recommend bringing pets or small children.
Miserable in the 20's, but amazing when it's warm! The whole trip was beautiful and kept you engaged. I do wish it was better publicized and more instructions were given; parking area is there, but nothing letting you know. There are a ton of no parking signs before the parking area, though.
Go to the bathtub and turn around the rest of the hike is just a boring old logging road. It says 7mi it's actually 10. Very crowded but beautiful.
Great for experienced hikers..
Bittersweet. The trail was crowded and quite narrow at times. The trash was unbelieveable; very disappointing and really ruined the views. If it was maintained and cleaned up it would be gorgeous. We did manage to get some great pictures, however. We hiked the entire trail. Worst hike of my life; poorly marked at times, poorly maintained or uncleared in areas, stinging weed was terrible, and walking down what seemed to be a creek bed was just the cherry to the cake of our day....
I did it short and sweet; Went to the 'tub and came back. If you can handle the rocks at stream crossings, this is a piece of cake. Be mindful: The leaves have fallen, obscuring the trail itself. This forces you to pay VERY close attention to the blazes.
Loved the hike and the views. Water was very cold but refreshing. Can't wait to return in the summer!!
DO NOT GO UNLESS YOU HAVE 4WD because me and my friend tried to it was beautiful (the pictures anyways) and we were so excited but her car would not have made it a quarter of a mile BEFORE the trail head some cars were parked along the road but before the trail head is a no parking zone so we did not get to see the Devils bathtub