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go early! avoid the crowds in trail and in parking. some garbage lying around so i carried out what i could. beautiful trail.

great shirt hike. Beautiful falls

All I found were Forrest roads. The description says camping but there were very few places you could even use to camp. Nothing to see but a steep wall on one side and a steep drop off on the other. We drove forever and just pulled off onto one of the few places you could actually pull over and set up for the night. Left as soon as we got a break in the rain. Very disappointing after visiting Pisgah National Forrest trails in NC.

You can not camp here. Big sign that says NO CAMPING at Trail head. Also signs warning that your vehicle will be towed. It was late and we needed to set up camp so we couldn't even walk the trail. We tried the "trail" north of this one and it turned out to be forest roads. Found a spot by a small stream and left VA as soon as the rain let up in the morning. Worst camping trip ever.

Beautiful trail but unfortunately too crowded to really enjoy.

Had a great time...took me a minute to jump into the ICE COLD WATER!!!

*My review is for the actual "hike" to Bathtub not the 7 mile loop.

The immensely long dirt/gravel road to reach this destination can be challenging for those who drive smaller, compact automobiles. I drive a Honda Fit and it was a little rough in some spots but mostly I was just concerned about tire wear.
Upon arrival, I managed to get a decent place to park, by the time I returned to my automobile, the parking lot was beyond congested and chaotic.
Leaving the parking lot I decided to take a nearby two lane instead of tackling that monster of a dirt road. I ended up driving roughly 25 miles out of the way but it's not a big deal considering my Fit gets insanely great mileage.

The hike itself was not necessarily rough but watching your footing on dry and slippery rocks is crucial.

As far as the actual Bathtub and swim holes goes - Not impressed. I was raised in hills of Appalachia and everything I could see reminded me of when I would wade in the creek near my parents house. I mean essentially that's what this destination is - A creek. Obviously it offers more rocky routine and lovely vistas compared to my youth but the most part I found this location to be extremely overhyped and I would not make the trip back unless it was to hike the entire loop and see something fresh.

Great trip! Walked a bit further than Bathtub, saw waterfall. Nice hike to Bathtub (about 1.8 miles) and back. A must see. A number of people although it was a Monday, would encourage anyone to go during week. I imagine people galore on the weekend. Parking can be tricky, again, can't imagine what this must be like on a weekend day.

Beautiful. The Devils Bathtub was worth the hike.

We arrived around 10, and by the time we got to the swimming hole there were about 10 or 15 other people there. The water is cold but it is easy to get in and out. You have the keep climbing either up the waterfall (it's not slippery) or up the steep path to the right of the water to get up to where the bathtub part is. By the time we left, there was zero parking, it was extremely crowded. This trail is not appropriate for small children, though I saw several running around.

It was a great trail. I did the entire loop. It is crowded and there's a lot of litter and parking is rough. I got there late and the only time the trail was hard to navigate was at night. Using a headlamp to find the yellow markers wasn't too fun, but overall it was a great trail

Beautiful! Wonderful trail!

This trail is NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. Me and a few friends did the entire loop and a lot of it is uphill so be prepared for that. But the trek is well worth it and the devil's bathtub is extremely refreshing.

Hiked the whole loop in a counter clockwise direction so the swimming area was last. It was well marked with yellow blazes. I used the gpx file in my Garmin 30 etrex so I had a directional reference as well. FYI the gpx file loads as a Route, and you have to look under Rout Manager in Garmin to see the down loaded file to run the file. It was a very strenuous ascent in the first 1.5 - 2 miles. As we got half way thru the loop we had seen only 1 old campsite that had trash piled up, looked like possibly volunteers had gathered it to be bagged at a later date. We did the Jones Hollow Falls descent/repel using what rope was there, but it was extremely difficult and dangerous. The bank has eroded and is very slick, we had hiking boots on and still found the footing sketchy. High likelihood of personal injury or death. In hindsight, it was stupid. The water felt great coming off the fall. We hiked out of the ravine at a different point up stream where the footing was better. There were approximately 60ish people at the various swim spots around the Devil's Bathtub. The park service needs a porta-john in that vicinity because there is a wooded area above the swimming areas where people are toileting and it's upstream...disgusting. Lot more trash found by these areas. It's a shame the local people aren't intelligent enough to cherish what they have. I will be back, but it will be during the week with a garbage bag and a pair of gloves.