Big Devil Stairs Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1620 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

views

wildlife

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

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1 month ago

Obviously the park is beautiful with amazing views but this hike was just meh. It was very rocky and about a half a mile of the trail is walking the edge of cliffs and isn't well marked. We wouldn't do it again or suggest it.

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Monday, October 17, 2016

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

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.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

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

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Saturday, October 17, 2015

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

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Monday, February 24, 2014

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.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

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.