Big Devil Stairs Trail is a 6 mile out and back trail located near Bentonville, Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Front Royal, VA: Skyline Drive travels the entire length of Shenandoah National Park. Mile markers are placed along the right-hand side of the road heading south. They are numbered from north to south beginning at the northern terminus in Front Royal, Virginia. Facilities, trails and park features use the mile markers as points of reference. Park in Gravel Springs Gap parking area which is a short distance beyond milepost 17. Descend on the Appalachian Trail a very short distance to a trail post sign for Bluff Trail. Turn left of Bluff Trail and travel about 1 mile north to Big Devils Stairs Trail which veers off to the right
Quiet, peaceful forest views. On a nice day in September I had the trail to myself, no chatter and no crowds. Good view of the valley. Many spiderwebs when you are on a less-traveled path. The dog handled it fine and enjoyed the trickles of water to drink along the way.
Went Christmas morning 2015. I have never been that alone in my life. What a wonderful hike. Not easy but not hard. Take your time the views are wonderful
Hiked from Keyser Fireroad to BDS. First part along the AT was beautiful. 50/60 degree weather. Snow was still on the ground....felt like a foot in a few spots.
Once the trail crossed Skyline things got a bit slushier then less snow. The trail from Gravel Spring was muddy/snowy. Lunch at BDS was warm and sunny.
Great day for a hike. Felt like Sochi.
I just hiked that trail yesterday, the end of the summer. Nothing special about it except it's a good exercise on coming the back country. The tresses are big and leafy so i couldn't even see any views, may be it wouldbe a better hike in the fall.
Beautiful day on this trail.
I hiked this as a circuit 12 mile hike about a year ago with my dad. Let's say day 1 was easy downhill and enjoyable. But boy lete tell you day 2 was hell. Reached the valley of bi devils stairs whih has a ton of rock to walk over. Everything was great until we reached "the stairs" where we realized there was about a 1500 foot elevation change and mate even more than that. Nevertheless it was grueling to say the least but very worth the exercise and even more worth the views. Alternatively you could hike down the stairs to start unlike we did.... Truly an awesome hike but quite strenuous especially with camp gear
Added pictures to show the view. I followed the trail on hikingupward and on the Shenandoah National Forest maps......unknown what trail the previous reviewer went on.
Not sure what the other reviewer was referring to. The trailhead starts on Skyline drive. You actually hike down the mountain and back up. About 3/4 of the way down, you have a rocky overlook that has amazing views of the valley.
If you are looking for exercise, hike all the way down to the creek at the bottom. (very uneventful). If you want views, don't bother going past the overlook.