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

Length 3.9 mi Elevation gain 590 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Waterfall

Rocky

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Note: This swimming hole is prone to flash flooding. For this reason, please do not attempt the trail if the water is above your knees. This trail requires several creek crossings. The road to the trailhead can be rough and is washed out in places. An SUV is recommended to reach the parking lot.

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Reviews (237)
Photos (401)
Recordings (148)
Completed (583)
Steffany Fox
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Shannon Keith
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HikingGreat!

Loved this trail. Definitely wear water shoes as you’ll be crossing the river multiple times.

Morgan Henry
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Backpacking

I would suggest wearing chacos or shoes that can get wet on the hike. You have to walk through multiple rivers. Not a bad hike at all tho. When you make it there is a swimming spot with a rope swing as well as thedevils bath tub which is alittle behind the swimming hole! Beautiful water really clear well worth the hike. Keep in mind parking is not the best .

Nick Lindsay
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Hiking
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Lore Anderson
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Hiking

Great trail! Gets a bit narrow at the end. Go left to get to the tub. Gets more crowded by 11 or so. And stays that way. Get there early if you to enjoy it. But otherwise still worth multiple trips.

Timothy Laxton
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Hiking

Awesome!!! You will wet yourself!!! Lol

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Timothy Laxton
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Nick Dingus
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Great trail. Took an athletic 7 and 9 year old and it offered just enough difficulty to keep their attention. This was one of the better hikes we have been on and the bathtub at the end was pretty cool too!

Galen Godbey
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Hiking

7/26/20 - it rained 80% of our walk and I’d still rate this one on easier side of moderate (certainly not tough). There are a couple of pools with deep green and chilly water.

Lauren Be Explorin ‘
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Kevin Meikle
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Nice hike, we took the short route since there was no rain recently, the river crossings were pretty dry and it was more like rock stepping. Pretty cool little swimming hole just before the bathtub that was actually the better part of the trek.

Neil Peterson
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Hiking

Honestly was not that difficult of a hike. Besides crossing the river several times there were no spots that were too difficult. Made for a fun time!

Leila Gable
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HikingRockyScramble

Very awesome swimming holes with rope swing and icey cold water to jump in. Can even go off trail and take the river back to the starting point or end point!

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Tessa McElhiney
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HikingRockyScramble

Amazing trail, I’d rate it as moderate. A fair amount of scrambling but worth it. Went on a Thursday afternoon, wasn’t too bad, but best to take a 4WD or AWD vehicle.

Bekah Keen
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HikingRocky

When you get to the swimming hole after hiking don’t jump straight into the water! Get acclimated to the water before submerging your whole body to avoid cold shock. That water is deep, and cold shock in that could lead to drowning. Sorry to be a bummer! BUT other than that, the trail is wonderful. It’s easy as far as inclines but could be difficult with all the creek crossings. Check the weather there, and if you feel like you shouldn’t cross don’t! This is a trail where you can have fun but still be mindful of your decisions and be extra careful. The actual bathtub just past the swimming hole if you’re taking the shorter way!

Kara A
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Ashley T.
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Hiking

Easy hike. Check and make sure the water levels are low.

Carrie C.
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HikingRocky

This trail is 100% worth the hike. We hiked on a day where the water level was low and were able to make it across all the creek crossings without getting wet by just stepping on rocks. If it had rained recently these crossings would be completely underwater and you would have to walk through the water. So just be prepared to get your feet wet if the water is over the rocks. The trail is well marked and a clear cut trail. It is muddy in spots and lots of tree roots in areas too. Most of all there are a lot of rocks and you really need to have sturdy shoes to keep from rolling an ankle. We also had hiking sticks which helped with balance. The actual bathtub is just beyond the swimming hole you come to first. The water is a stunning blue color and very unique for the mountains. This trail is very popular and it was full of people on a Saturday. We got to the trail at 9:30am and parked on the side of the dirt road because the parking lot by the trailhead is impossible to get to in a standard size car. There were less than 10 cars there at that time but by the time we left around noon, the entire road was lined with cars all the way to the main road. The county just opened a parking lot right near the small bridge and this would be worth parking at if it's crowded just to avoid the crazy road parking. I suggest a weekday if possible because I imagine it's much less crowded. I see why it's so popular...it really is a sight to see!!

Melanie Snyder
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HikingMuddy

Trail was a bit muddy, but completely worth it! Best hike ever. Would have liked to see less trash. I’m disappointed people don’t clean up after themselves!

Toynette Washington
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Cassandra Goyal
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Loved this one! Took 1 hour each way for us. The water was cool but I absolutely loved swimming at the end. One of the few hikes I would do again!

Ann DeGruy
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Hiking

Completed the hike 6/30 midday. Might be my new favorite hike in VA! We watched the weather forecast and the rain came after we were done, water was shin high. Cold to jump in the bath but amazing and beautiful. If you tramp right through the river crossings, it is not as strenuous as we expected, although one of us fell in one of the river crossings , poles were helpful. Only one family and a solo hiker on the trail besides us. Took 30-45 min one way.

Wesley White
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