Devils Bathtub Trail

MODERATE 22 reviews

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

15 days 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.

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1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 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
2 months ago

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

nature trips
2 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
2 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
4 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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Sunday, June 25, 2017