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1 day ago

great hike. definitely worth the view at the top. if you're adventurous ne sure to check out buzzards roost. for the novice it's a difficult (hard) trail for the experienced it's moderate. have fun and be safe. let's roll out.

2 days ago

difficult but worth the view!

Beautiful scenery, challenging hike, wonderful views.

Great hike! We did a mix of all trail colors. The river front trail, light blue, has larger rocks which weren't great to walk over but we made it over them-- and for a short amount of time, thank goodness. Will come back!

I’ve been hiking this for almost 30 years. It is one of my favorite hikes and different every time. The view at the top makes it all worth while.

didnt think it was that difficult to hike to the bathtub , some slippery rock and mud, but that is to be expected hiking along a creek , the water was a bit chilly but crystal clear definitely will do again

13 days ago

Fun, short hike. Started early on a weekday morning and ended up having the entire top to myself. Clear day, great views, and light breeze.

Amazing wildlife! We saw 3 small wolves scampering around, deer, and accidentally walked a few feet from a rattlesnake! We went counterclockwise around the loop, reaching the bathtub at mile 5. The first 1.5 miles were super steep, but all pretty easy after that. The bathtub was gorgeous. We went on a weekday and saw no one on the trail until we got past the bathtub and saw people doing the 4 mile out and back hike. You have to hop over rocks but it had been dry for a week or so and I didn't feel like I ever had to put on the water shoes I brought. definitely go on a weekday- I can see it being kinda cramped and miserable with a whole bunch of people.

You *will* wade through water, you *will* climb up and down steep surfaces, and you *will* walk over all rocks at some point. Hard to advise on footwear cause I’d want a high hiking boot for ankle security but chacos/keens/watershoes for wading.

Trail is not well marked but look for trees w/ orange paint, that helped us. Those who complain about overgrown vegetation on trails have high expectations for weekly hedge trimming at a U.S. forest... Do be mindful of trails that aren’t a the primary trail! Even if you have to wade, better to stick to the better path. One path does have a rope to aid you since the trail has washed out but there is another trail option. Small kids (ages 6-8) made it all the way to the waterfall, so it’s doable if you choose the right path!

Definitely do not advise this trail when it’s cold out - the water is very cold!

I love this trail! It's not challenging, but it's perfect for a leisurely hike if your company is not in the best physical shape, or if you're going to be wearing a 3-year-old in a pack for several miles! The scenery changes but is beautiful the entire time.

hiking
16 days ago

steep trail, beautiful at the top

hiking
23 days ago

Loved this hike, The view at the top is amazing. But the bugs at the top were INSANE. Never seen such a swarm of them in my life.

hiking
25 days ago

First time ever doing this hike and I loved it! Definitely worth it!

Great hike, beautiful views!

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.

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!

Great place to get away! Can’t wait for all the changes they have planned to go into effect

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

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

This was a wonderful hike! Moderate level, in my opinion, and I am out of shape. Worth every step to get to the top and see that view. 200 yards on way down, ran into a mama black bear and her two cubs playing. She saw us and snarled, making it clear we were not welcome. We had to take the bus road down because I wasn’t about to try and move that bear

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.

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.

on Sharp Top Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Very steep, and heavily travelled, but nice views at the top. A good trip if you’re camping in the area.

hiking
1 month ago

The views are great but the trail has too much of a touristy feel to it. First off there is a gift shop right in the parking lot, secondly 80% of the trail is steps, lastly when you get to the top you get to a stone made lookout tower not really a mountain top. Its also disappointing that over half of the elevation is gained by driving up to the parking lot, so you dont really get a true feel of accomplishment from hiking to the top. The best part of this hike IMO is Buzzards Roost, a lot less crowded.

hiking
1 month ago

I grew up doing this hike with my dad, I love coming back again and again. The hike is difficult in some parts but the views at the top are beautiful! Going on less humid/hot days always makes it easier. Also wear shoes with good traction. I always slip and roll ankles on rocks when I wear regular tennis shoes on this hike.

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