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hiking
1 day ago

I hiked this trail today with one of my pups. I chose to go down the Rose trail, venture to dark hollow falls and then return via the fire road. My god said the route was about 4.25 miles.

Overall this was a very nice hike. There are a few sections that are a bit rocky or steep, but the vast majority of the hike is quite scenic and easy going.

My husband, daughter (age 7), son (age 5) and myself (who is 20 weeks pregnant) LOVED this hike. We did it in June. Plan to pack lunch and bring lots of water. The trail, at the time we went, was moderately trafficked with other hikers. Very enjoyable and something we will do again

Perfect for some quality time with fantastic photo opportunities! The Falls were great but you still have to be physically fit to endure this trek round trip. Plan about 1.5 hrs with kids and fun at the Falls.

Breath taking beauty! Take your time to enjoy with safety first!! Take your litter back with you!! Moderate to some extreme levels of hiking. Prepair to get wet at the most knee high. As you will have to cross about 6 streams. Hiking stick is a great plus for stability when unknown unstable rocks and boulders as crossing small streams can turn into injuries. We saw three bathtubs leading up to the small narrow 17ft deep oval shape bathtub.

Did this late October. Weather was perfect and the trail itself was easy for beginners. Loved the waterfall, foliage, and overlook!

Pretty easy. beautiful beautiful beautiful views!!!!! lovers leap is an amazing story too. kid and dog friendly for sure.

a very fun hike 7 Miler took the right down and around to the devil's bathtub and was ready for a dip great experience....

I only had time for the part of the loop for the devils bathtub. Stay to the left and if you’re unsure of the trail just walk up the creek bed until you see a yellow blaze.
(I used driving directions from https://www.virginia.org/listings/outdoorsandsports/devilsbathtubwaterfallthe/)

The trail had lots of different fungi to identify and the crossings were not difficult because there wasn’t a lot of water, my shoes stayed dry most of the time. There was a rescue while we were there (jumping from ledges that should not have been jumping from).

The water was bee refreshing and devils bathtub was probably 8 feet deep and clear to the bottom. Not too many people but lots of trash. Please bring a bag to carry out what you can. I’m 100% going back!

hiking
8 days ago

Awesome trail. Absolutely stunning views. Very fun for children. Cost was $3 to park. Zen rock sculptures along the way that was really neat. Cave for kids to climb through. Beautiful vista at the top after uphill trek.

backpacking
8 days ago

Decided to do a last minute backcountry camp by the falls. Enjoyed the hike down and up very much, little hard on the knees going down and gets you winded going up especially when you backpacking with an old alice pack with 40lbs of camp gear. Nonetheless it was a great time.

Great trail, lots of wildlife, beautiful waterfall

went 7/10/18 Tuesday to Devils bathtub and it was so much fun! For being about a mile and a half hike(the left trail) it felt like forever but really only took an hour. The was was so clear and clean. Water was freezing to swim but so worth it! It wasn’t too busy, a few groups but not overly crowded. Definitely would go back!

The hike took about an hour ( my 66 yr old dad & 11 yr old daughter made it in 45 mins). The swimming hole below the Bathtub & the Bathtub is some of the clearest & coldest I have seen/felt. Absolutely beautiful & worth the hike.
Cons: 1. hard to find/no signs until u get there 2. parking is very very limited

Great waterfall!!! The track back is challenging but so worth it, the waterfall is lovely.

Great family hike, enjoyed the falls! Easy walk down, a little bit rough on the way back out.

hiking
14 days ago

The main attraction is the bathtub but if you continue it's more rugged. More than I expected. Also, the water will literally take your breath away if you jump in.

hiking
15 days ago

Very Rocky, overall a great challenge.

A great little hike that is often far too crowded. If you go early you can miss most of the rush, but otherwise you may not even be able to park at the trailhead. It seems easy on the way down but it's a good grade and the return trip can be hard for novice hikers. Even with the extra height, you can't skip out on going to the base of the falls - it's amazing. If you want, bring a towel and take a dip along the way. The COLD water will get you energized!

hiking
16 days ago

One of our favorites in our three years of coming to Shenandoah. Start left and follow the river. Take a dip in a nice rapid-laden pool and enjoy the scenery and (cold!) water. This is a slightly strenuous but very do-able hike. We took our dog along with our 7 and 10 year old daughters who, though they complained a bit near the end, were troopers and pulled it off on a hot day. Sneaking over to Dark Hollows is a must and saves you the trouble of doing that hike separately. We got to see a bear and a few deer on the way. I can't recommend this trail enough for a great family day hike!

Beautiful scenic hike on the lower trail. Lots of shade which made the 90+ heat enjoyable. The falls and swim at the end made for a very rewarding journey.

hiking
18 days ago

Gorgeous trail the follows the river.

hiking
19 days ago

Cascade Falls is a really nice hike to a waterfall approximately 66' in height. You are treated to a number of smaller falls on the way up. What I really liked about this hike, though, is that almost the entire hike follows the creek, so one enjoys the peaceful sounds and sights of flowing water the entire hike. There is an alternate (upper trail) route that one can take as well if interested in doing a loop versus an out and back. The trail is incredibly well maintained. I would rate it moderate to easy.

I highly recommend it.

hiking
20 days ago

First time hiking this and I'll be back. Though the weather was in the 90s today it didn't feel that hot walking thanks to all the shade from trees which made it more enjoyable.
The multiple levels to stop and admire the falls were beautiful and relaxing to view.
I definitely recommend this trail for a quick day hike.

The Devil's Bathtub has been on my list to hike for over a year. We hiked it last Friday, arriving at the trailhead parking lot at 9:30 am. At that time, we were the 3rd car already there. At 1:00 when we arrived back to our car, the road leading into the trailhead parking lot was lined with cars parking. We took the advice of going on a weekday and starting as early as possible. The hike is beautiful with 13 creek crossings on the way to see the bathtub. Most of them were shallow being about ankle to mid calf deep while 2 were just above knee deep. I would recommend watching how much rain is happening in the area before heading out. Before the actual bathtub is a waterfall flowing into a beautiful pool, the bathtub is on past this and is worth the drive and the hike to reach it. It is absolutely beautiful. I had spoke to the forestry service the day before to check trail/creek conditions and was told they had just had a trail clean up, so we did not see much trash at all. Also, a vehicle that sits higher off the ground is recommended to reach the parking lot. I was advised a 4x4 but drove my front wheel Outlander and made it.

Scenic but can be crowded by the falls at times. A good one to stretch your legs a bit when driving all of skyline drive in a day

hiking
22 days ago

Quick outing! Good for groups that have hikers and non-hikers, as there is a lift to take people that do not wish to hike. Shaded with lots of steps going back up!

short and sweet. however the closer to the falls you get the steeper the trail gets. i found that people with bad knees or backs had some trouble making it to the falls.

We loved it! Went with my 72 year old Aunt and she was a trooper!

Very Rocky trail for a good bit even when you aren't in the water. Very poorly marked in spots. When in doubt, cross the river, just remember that doesn't always mean STRAIGHT across. Sometimes its a diagonal cross or even just short hike up the river itself. You will get wet at least up to the knees! But so beautiful once you get there!

After 2 days of hiking in the Smokies, this trail in a rural area of southwest Virginia was the highlight of my trip. Love the water crossings for opportunities to cool off on a hot day. The hike to Devil's Bathtub and back takes less than 3 hours and that is with time spent at swimming holes. Just below the bathtub is the best swimming hole I've ever been in north of the Florida-Georgia line. The only thing I did not like is seeing all the garbage and personal belongings (socks, towels, etc) that disrespectful hikers left behind.

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