Devils Bathtub Trail is a 3.9 mile out and back trail located near Fort Blackmore, Virginia that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
590 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

waterfall

hiking
15 hours ago

The road/driveway to the trail head is so badly washed out that we nearly bottomed out in our Subaru Outback, even with very careful maneuvering. Please know that there is a stream at the start of the trail that must be crossed, no bridge, no rope. It was impassable for us due to high, fast water.

hiking
26 days ago

Great hike trail could use some TLC

2 months ago

beautiful!! the water is ice cold and Crystal Clear

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely Beautiful!
This hike is very kid friendly. I take my 11 year old all the time and he loves it.
It gets a little slippery around the bathtub but other than that it’s pretty easy.

2 months ago

we had been planning a trip here for over a year, got rained out last year but finally made it this year. it was not disappointing. we got there at a perfect time because the tub wasn't crowded & we were able to enjoy it to ourselves for a bit. definitely wear waterproof shoes. the worst part is the parking. luckily we got to the parking lot& got the last available spot, I wouldn't suggest a low clearance vehicle. but getting out of there was nerve wrecking, there were cars on the side of the road, barbed wire fence on the other side making it a tight squeeze. get there early. definitely worth the hike.

3 months ago

Beautiful views, but it has gotten popular so it’s usually crowded. It was a better hike before it got so popular.

hiking
3 months ago

The bathtub is beautiful and so are the many creeks that you will cross to get there. The entire trail is a beauty. Wear good chaco type sandals or waterproof shoes. Your feet will get wet and tennis shoes make it easy to slip on the already slippery rocks.

The road to get to the trail is a different story. We took a car and there were some huge potholes. We got stuck a couple of times and we weren't sure we would make it to the parking area. When we were leaving,we kept seeing lots of people going toward the tub. We were worried about the parking situation. The parking lot was not full, but we found where they were all parked as we were leaving. They were parked along the already horrible road. We were forced to go down in some water filled potholes because of the people parked along the road. They aren't supposed to do this, and would supposedly be towed, but that was not the case. Driving in and out of that place was VERY stressful and would be what would prevent me from going back.

The trail is awesome, just get someone to take you there are drop you off!

hiking
3 months ago

A very nice hike, however we went on a Sunday afternoon so there was a lot of trail traffic. Parking is limited and I would recommended a 4 wheel drive vehicle if you want to park in the parking lot.

3 months ago

Beautiful , beautiful place to explore no doubt! However, very poorly maintained by the Govt and State. The way to the trail starts with a 10 mile drive to the top of the mountain thru Jefferson Forest. Very poor signs, GPS will go in and out, please use directions printed on paper. The drive is a very narrow paved road for the first few miles but difficult to navigate for less experienced drivers as their are numerous blind hair pin bends. The last 2 miles are gravel. There are ramshackle or non occupied few scattered homes on the way. The last turn into the supposed parking lot is just driving over rocks on a steeper hill with cliff on one side and barbed wire fencing on the other with warnings of trespassing and towing posted. There is no cell phone coverage in these last few miles, so no help if you get stuck,lost or towed.If you do not have a vehicle bigger then a Toyota RAV 4 then please do not attempt this last part upto the parking lot. My RAV4 got caught on the rocks and spun and I was only able to turn it around with great difficulty in the scrunched space between the barbed fence and the cliff.There needs to be a lot more maintenance and signage for this otherwise amazing gem of a trail.

4 months ago

The trail crosses the stream multiple times so wear shoes you don’t care if they get wet, also the trail can get confusing at times so make sure you are on the trail. follow the yellow markers.

hiking
4 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous trail. Not too difficult, but need to be in some kind of shape to get over some logs and rocks. I would highly recommend waterproof shoes/sandals, you WILL get your feet wet!

Make sure to get there early! Parking is not great, especially if you have a small car. Our stick-shift Mazda 2 could not get up the road to the main parking area due to extremely rugged terrain, so we parked off to the side closer to the entrance. It can fill up quick!

Only downside is there was tons of garbage along the way and at the end by the bathtub. Dirty baby diapers, styrofoam plates, plastic bottles, wrappers, and a bunch of other trash was just left behind from lazy, inconsiderate a**holes.

Pack a lunch or snacks if you want, but don’t be a dick. Clean up after yourself/your kids.

hiking
5 months ago

this hike was beautiful. you're feet are wet the entire hike and you aren't out of the water enough for them to start blistering. I don't recommend going after a heavy spell of rain. the flow of the water is too strong to get a good glimpse of the "bathtub" itself. when I went the blue coloration was undetectable due to recent rains.

the parking is terrible. it took me 15 minutes to even back out because everyone parked so close together. we went on a Monday morning and it was already packed.

there are a lot of pools. when you finally reach the area after the rope on your left, you will think you are there. you have to cross that larger pool and continue up. the tub is only the size of a small car. also the water in it is so cold it will take your breath. it would be extremely dangerous to jump in alone because of how shocking it is.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike with 12 water crossings to get to the bathtub. Go on up to mile marker 3 to see the last waterfall! It’s beautiful as well. We continued around the 7.2 mile loop. The scenery isn’t as pretty after you pass the waterfall. The trail meanders away from the stream and climbs to the top and follows the ridge. It meets up with an old mining trail on the way back down. Most people hike to the bathtub and back. I suggest hiking on up to the waterfall at mile, then return the way you came.

hiking
6 months ago

One of the best trails, I've been on. There's a lot of little swimming holes on the way to it. Since it was our first time we kept thinking is this it. Well just keep going it's worth it.

hiking
6 months ago

Not too hard at all just prepare to get your feet wet

nature trips
6 months ago

Pretty awesome hike. Prepare to get you feet wet. The trail meanders across the creek with 12 crossings. It could be better marked in some places. The bathtub is a beautiful aqua color and the water is very clear. Go early for both parking and avoiding the masses of people.

hiking
6 months ago

Loved this hike. Mostly flat but very rough in spots, 12 creek crossings. You will get your feet wet. The bathtub is unique and quite beautiful. Went early and avoided the absolutely insane amount of people that came later. They park all along the entrance road making it difficult to get out. The hike and scenery made it worth it, the crowds not so much. GO EARLY.

hiking
8 months ago

Epic hike! Tough creek crossings in high water. Prepare to hike this in wet feet the entire time. Your reward is a aqua green swimming hole and the devils bathtub if water levels are low.

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