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Hiked this in December, took the counterclockwise route as suggested. There were 10-12 stream crossings that were very challenging. A few of them can be navigated just staying on dry portions of rock, but most had rocks that were just too far apart to take a step. Solutions include bushwacking off the trail to find a better spot to cross, shimmying across fallen logs, or just take off your shoes and trudging through the ice cold water.

Aside from the initial stream crossings, the hike is not very challenging beyond Devil's Bathtub. There is a sign saying something like "Warning: next 5 miles very strenuous and rugged", but it was a relatively easy walk through the woods compared to the first part of the trail. First 2-3 miles took 3 hours, remaining 5 miles took 2.5 hours.

Overall it was a lot of fun; navigating the stream crossings added an element of challenge and decision-making.

Hike to fire tower gets your heart pumping but great place to go!

nature trips
16 days ago

My family loves this place. Plenty to do and see just enjoying the beauty of nature. Plenty of hiking and walking trails. Adventure course and animals to watch!

Short easy hike. Do not go when water levels are low.

hiking
17 days ago

About an hour drive from home. It was a very pretty walk, nice and peaceful. Light traffic for a Sunday. It’s perfect for a last minute walk or fun to see something new! Can’t wait for spring!

Several beautiful falls along the way! Very rocky and steep throughout but definitely worth it! There are four places you have to cross the river. The water was very high when I went and the water was up to my knees at some points.

hiking
23 days ago

Beautiful and challenging trail. Worth the effort once you get to the top.

hiking
29 days ago

Great hike! As stated in others reviews, a portion of the trail leaves a bit to be desired as far as markings go, but it was traveled enough to find our way (orange markings are present about every 50 yards on the trees lining the route). The trail had been cleared of most major obstacles, and was definitely worth what maneuvering one must do to get along. Great views, especially for the first mile beside the stream & waterfalls then again at the peak. Several red tail hawks and pileated woodpeckers on the way. I would say this trek is on the difficult side of the ‘moderate’ rating given by the app. The stream crossings (5 each direction for us today) require high ankle boots that are waterproof or you’ll spend your morning like me with soaked socks! There is room for 2 small cars to park at the trail head. We did not come across any bear, but the area is highly populated so one should be aware and pack accordingly. You’ll feel the essence of Virginia on this trek.

hiking
1 month ago

Road was washed out today when we drove all the way from athens. bummer.

nice walk in December fall running good small parking lot very challenging steps but worth it

Very pretty trail. Beautiful views of the water. stairs leading to fall are very steep and slippery when covered in leaves. Definitely a return hike

Great trail not to difficult. Absolutely beautiful scenery along the creek almost all the way up. Be prepared to ford the creek four times up and down.

hiking
1 month ago

This has to he one of my favorites! Short little walk, some wide steps to take, and then your there! I took my Mom who has back problems and then steps were a little bit of an issue, but she did it and loved this one as well! My only downfall to it is that it is overly crowded.

At the parking lot you go to the right to go to the falls. If you go to the left, you see the higher views! You are literally standing on the side if a cliff so be careful with dogs. That part was very easy but easy to miss the path too so be careful.

The road driving to the parking lot is gravel and bumpy. My little car did okay but I dont think I will stress it like that again.

Really wet but gorgeous. There is a river that you have to cross over four times on the way up, so it definitely gets you wet. Would like to come back in the summer

Awesome hike! Prepare to get wet crossing the creek

awesome pretty scenery

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike. Well worth it when you get to the top and see the falls.

nature trips
2 months ago

Really short little treck with rewarding scenery! The watering holes were gorgeous and nice for a quick dip!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked with 5 friends. It rained hard the night before we hiked. The 4 creek crossings were a little difficult due to the high waters. The falls were beautiful and the the woods were lush and green. Perfect hike!

Great experience. Crossing the creek multiple times can be challenging due to slick rocks.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing little spot to cool off. Very short trek to the first and primary falls. If you follow the creek down on the left side, there's another fall about .3 miles down. That one was my favorite of the 2, and it has a small little pool to get in about waist deep. Trail is accessible for older crowds and children. Rocks are slippery, so take caution.

The entire 7.5 mile loop that includes the Devils Bathtub was fairly strenuous. I hiked the back 5 miles first and then descended the mountain and made it to the bathtub. The first 2-3 miles were fairly difficult and elevated but once on top of the mountain fairly easy going. Trails are rustic and at some points wild. Keep eyes on the trees. The park has marked the trail with yellow markers following the path on the trees. I got turned around several times and had to back track to make sure I was going in the right direction. The bathtub was very interesting and would probably have been better if I didn’t make it there right around dark. I recommend you doing the hike earlier. On the way back from the tub (2 miles to the parking lot from this spot) you will have to cross about 10 different places on the main stream. Prepare to get wet! Overall, the trail was the type of hiking I enjoy. More of a back country feel. Feel free to bring dogs (it is pet friendly) but I recommend bringing animals that have experience going up and down steep hills with rocks and streams.

hiking
3 months ago

have been here one time and would like to go again. went with friend and two of my grandkids there was ice still in places. the waterfall is beatiful. basically an easy hike other then the length

on Blue Hole Falls

hiking
3 months ago

have been here a lot of times over the years. Like to go at different ti.es of the year. Really pretry in the winter with ice on and around. The hike itself is real easy except for the far apart steps make it a little harder on people with short legs. Cold water but real nice to swim in when it is hot out

nature trips
3 months ago

The trail was very steep, but very short. There are lots of roots and rocks, so this may not be great if you don’t have good balance. The water was icy, but very pretty. Great views and opportunities to climb around on the rocks.

on Sill Branch Falls

hiking
4 months ago

Short hike with an amazing reward! Getting to the falls is very easy a hike. Just make sure when you come to the split to stay on Sill Branch North that will take you directly to the waterfall. The south part of the trail follows the creek and makes for a great day hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty easy to moderate hike, follows the creek most of the way up and well kept. The back end of the trail gets steep and rocky so you gotta be cautious on the decent. I definitely plan to go back after a good rain so that there will be more water at the falls.

4 months ago

very nice hike really pretty in the winter

Pretty easy overall. I’d recommend this for anybody looking for a high payoff for a short hike.

Any skill level can do this hike. Those with knee trouble should take a sturdy walking stick as there is a steep incline/decline.

I hiked this today (9/7/18) in a rush. It only took about 20 minutes of actual walking to get there and back. I will definitely go back and take the whole family.

lil steep in a part or 2 but worth it super short trail

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