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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
1 day ago

Road going to trailhead is very very rough. The falls are easily accessible and very pretty. Did not go on the south (right) fork since most reviews say it goes nowhere

Beautiful waterfall wear water shoes if you get in water there is some broken glass

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

Very short hike but super nice swimming hole. People were jumping off rocks pretty high up, there’s also more trails if you follow the creek on back with more swimming holes. Overall it was beautiful!! But also pretty crowded :)

hiking
8 days ago

The falls are beautiful, and well-worth the short hike. However, the south branch trail doesn’t really seem to go anywhere. Also the signage directing people to the falls could be better. We had this app, but both groups we encountered on the south trail totally missed the left fork to the falls.

Good clear path with no trash on it...always good to see responsible hikers. Counted 4 water crossings that could be challenging for some to cross and stay dry. Waterfall at the end was great even though there had been a dry spell

hiking
9 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.

it took me a mile to find the trail !!Hiking is not marked until you go to the back of the camp.Beautiful trail !!

To get to the hole stay to the left, there are a couple different trails there

This is a great enduring hike. The entire hike is generally uphill and rocky at some points. Because it had rained a lot the week we went we had to cross over 3 or 4 creek crossings which ended up soaking our shoes. Keep that in mind if it rains prior to your hike. the falls at the very end is gorgeous and was so powerful given the rain. Beautiful!!!

Excellent hike! I really had to push myself towards the end where it was steep and exhausted from the humidity. Thankfully, the vast majority of this trail is tree covered, which significantly lowers the temperature. It was a little confusing finding the trail head. There are signs for everything except the hiking. Go towards the back, away from the road. The signs for the trail will be near the camping area.

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.

hiking
16 days ago

This trail is beautiful and very fun to walk on! We walked both the North and South Sill Branch trails. The north branch of the trail(the one on the left, if you walk up the trail until it splits into two branches) is shorter and easily walkable, with only one creek crossing before you reach the falls. There are cascades on your left side and the waterfall is gorgeous. If you double back and turn to the south branch, you'll see more cascades and scenic forest views, but the trail is much more technical. There are many creek crossings and the trail continues uphill for quite a while before dead-ending at deadfall. At least, the trail as far as it is recorded on the AllTrails app did...the trail itself continues for who knows how long but it's overgrown. The last half mile or so of the trail is very steep and continues straight upward with no switchbacks or flats, so it's pretty rigorous. And we didn't find anything at the end, which was confusing? Anyway, both trails are worth doing (especially the north branch!) but if you do the south branch of the trail you may want to cut it shorter than the AllTrails app suggests.

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.

Definitely a tough hike, especially counterclockwise ending with the bathtub. Bring some shoes with good grip, there’s plenty of stream crossings and you are bound to get your feet wet. A word of advice for those planning to do the whole loop, don’t go after a recent rain storm. There is so much mud on the trail that my feet were getting sucked into the ground making the climb so much harder. Lastly, please follow LEAVE NO TRACE; there were piles of garbage scattered throughout the trail closer to the bathtub.

Worth the trip. The water is ice cold. The trail markings are piss poor in several spots. I learned really quick it's better to just cross the stream and not try a way around it.

Kinda hard to get to, especially if you are not an avid hiker. But oh so worth it when you see it.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Beautiful scenery on this trail!

hiking
1 month ago

The hike was rocky and steep a lot of the time. The waterfalls were a great bonus. The large falls at the end was thundering and multi tier. Great shorter hike. It’s a couple of miles out and then back. I’d definitely do it again.

hiking
1 month ago

Very short hike to multiple waterfalls! Beautiful place. Go off the trail and follow the creek to find hidden falls! Great swimming hole!

walking
1 month ago

this is a sorry excuse for a hike. you can hear the falls from the parking lot and you just walk down some stairs. I read the other reviews stating the same thing, but I didn't expect it to be that close. the falls are really pretty and I love that there were teirs. it's a good place to go if you want to swim and only have a short walk.

hiking
1 month ago

loved it a great site reminded me of my home state Colorado.

Do not listen to the IOS directions in maps. Get on Clark’s creek rd and the trailhead will be on your left. Chigger branch and Buckeye Falls is down past that

Will try again soon. Do not listen to the directions that you click on for IOS maps. It has you turn on Clark springs rd and what you need to do is continue down Clark’s creek rd past sill branch falls.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful. Already can’t wait to go back and swim!

Beautiful & always worth the trip! I lve the cold water after working up a sweat getting there!

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