Devils Fork and Devils Bathtub Loop Trail

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Devils Fork and Devils Bathtub Loop Trail is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fort Blackmore, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1866 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

rocky

Scenic hike to the Devil's Bathtub, a scoured rock formation within Devil's Fork Creek. Hike follows the creek closely along its entire course, crossing the creek multiple times and passing several scenic swimming holes, rock formations, and waterfalls. This hike continues beyond the Devil's Bathtub, climbing the mountain and returning to the original trailhead. Beyond the Bathtub, however, the trail is much less maintained and may be difficult to follow in some seasons. Overcrowding at the Devil's Bathtub has become a problem, exacerbated by disrespectful hikers ignoring No Trespassing signs and parking along private property when the trailhead parking area becomes full. Please be aware that ALL areas outside of the signed parking area at the trailhead should be considered private property and should not be used for parking. Access to the trailhead is only allowed through an easement from a private landowner, and disregard for property owners' rights by visitors does nothing but needlessly strain this relationship...and puts you at risk of getting your car towed. If you arrive at the trailhead and the parking area is full, consider going somewhere else rather than breaking local trespassing laws. The Bathtub will still be there on another day, and you won't have to fight crowds of people to see it. Little Stony Falls or the Guest River Gorge are alternative hikes, both of which are nearby, have similar scenery than the Bathtub, and are virtually never crowded.

Great hike, not very steep at all.
pretty clear and wide path most the way. I wanna go back in the winter when there's snow on the ground!

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4 days ago

Absolutely loved this hike. This is by far the most beautiful hike I've ever been on. While it is extremely challenging it's also totally worth it. Beautiful views the whole way there but the bathtub is nothing short of breathtaking

hiking
6 days ago

Awesome place! The creek crossing are the best, so be prepared to get your feet wet.

10 days ago

Beautiful scenery. Loved the hike

11 days ago

Loved the hike!! Would definitely rate the trail more moderate! Prepare for some chilly water!!!

11 days ago

Alot of fun, and a nice, moderate hike.

12 days ago

wear water shoes and just walk through the creek. It's much easier than rock hopping the 13 creek crossings! The actual bathtub is above the big swim hole. It's very small but beautiful water!!!

17 days ago

17 days ago

The most beautiful hike I've ever taken. Long hike, but worth it in the end. Highly recommend

hiking
19 days ago

Its an awesome shaded hike. The water feature at the end made the trip worth the while, just know you will get wet. You have to cross the stream a couple times before you get there, dont worry its ankle deep water. I hope you enjoy it as much as i did!

hiking
21 days ago

a great day trip. plan on getting wet. you cross the creek about 13 times. there are two nice cold pools of water to cool down in if your up to it.

22 days ago

love this hike!

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1 month ago

I have completed this trail 10+ times and it used to be wonderful before it gained notoriety. The actual "Tub" is underwhelming but really neat. There is a very deep pool of water before the "Tub" and it's my favorite part. If anyone is reading this and thinking about taking the trip, PLEASE do not leave any trash. This area used to be so pristine and now it's only that way after a cleanup. Consider packing trash out with you. Otherwise, the trail is relatively easy with lots of water crossing and readily accessible water to be boiled or filtered.

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