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Devil's Marbleyard Via Belfast Trail is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Natural Bridge Station, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.5 mi Elevation gain 1,463 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

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Getting There

There is a small parking area for about 8 cars

Virginia Tourism Corporation, 901 Easy Byrd Street , Richmond, VA, 23219, Phone: 804-786-2051, Fax: 804-786-1919

Follow 501 North to the Blue Ridge Parkway. From there take a left onto the park way and follow it for about 7 miles then make a right onto Petites Gap rd. (Petites Gap rd. is a single lane dirt/gravel road on the side of a mountain. Be very careful on your way there and back.) The trail head is about 2.7 miles on your right.

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Harry Dix
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HikingGreat!

We hiked this on a hot Summer Wednesday afternoon. The marble yard was larger and longer than I thought it would be and pretty tough on such a hot day but I loved it. My teenage 14 year old twins loved it too. Great views on the way up. A must hike in Virginia. No one has mentioned that you should not miss the Arnold Valley Pool to cool off after this hike. Head east on Petites Gap rd until it turns gravel. Park after the small bridge. All and all an extraordinary day!

T D
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Hiking

Just a heads up that parking is extremely limited at this trailhead. There’s parking for about 5-10 small to medium sized vehicles otherwise you have to park on a very narrow tree lined road with no shoulder. We tried going Saturday around noon and could not fit anywhere so we had to leave. We have a dually truck with 8 foot bed so we were too big to squeeze anywhere without obstructing the road. Definitely get there early for a decent spot. Still giving 5 stars because our friends who made the suggestion to go said how awesome the rocks are.

Summer Skye
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Hiking

My new favorite hike in the area! I LOVE scrambling and haven’t found a good challenge since moving here. Had a blast going up the marble yard and close to the top it ends up forcing you to go over to the right. It’s exposed, gets really hot in the summer weather and there are certainly a few loose rocks to watch out for. But as a whole, the scramble makes the whole hike!

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Jared Goldman
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HikingRockyScramble

This hike gets a 5 if you’re intending to do the scramble and then turn around. Otherwise it’s probably a 2 or a 3. The marbleyard is so unique and is both a fun and challenging workout. I think I went from out of shape to six pack just climbing those things. By the time I got there it was 10am on a July day so it was blazing hot and on the marbleyard itself there’s little shade. I made it around 3/4 the way up the slabs before I had to shimmy over to the right and back onto the trail. Boy was it fun though. The hike on the trail from the marbleyard to the top is unmemorable. It’s uphill and it’s fine enough but with so many more beautiful hikes in this area I don’t know why one would do that section unless meeting up with a trail at the top. The end/top of the Devils Marbleyard trailhead is just a sign showing the intersecting trails. There’s nothing memorable to see at the end. The first part of the hike up to the marbleyard is unique in that it’s littered with little bits of marble rock but the showstopper here really is the scramble. If you’re not going to try that there are lots of other memorable hikes nearby.

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Claire Elizabeth
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HikingRockyScramble

Great trail, the views from the rock scramble were incredible.

Elizabeth Ballenger
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Walking

Nice hike however not much to see past the marvel graveyard on this trail unless you’re linking to another trail.

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Kari Wilson
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HikingScramble
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Stephanie Porter
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Hiking

Beautiful! Don’t forget to check out the trail beside the rock scramble and the waterfalls.

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Lyndel Farmer
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HikingMuddyRockyScrambleWashed out

Pretty good trail. 1.5 mile hike up to the rocks. Unfortunately I didnt do the rocks. The uphill hike up gets your blood flowing for sure. Couple stream crossings which has the potential to have you hiking with wet shoes/socks. I got wet even though I had on waterproof boots.

Morgan Burton
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HikingRockyScramble

Really neat trail, I had my dogs with me so I took the trail to the right of the boulders, but it was still pretty difficult. It had recently rained quite a bit so the rocks were very slippery trying to climb. It was very worth the climb for the view, though I would not recommend taking dogs.. I got there about 8:30 and there were a few other cars already there, by the time I left there were a bunch of cars parked along the side of the road, so I would recommend getting there early to avoid the crowd.

Sydney Cannice
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

Great trail! I have always wanted to go because the pictures looked wild, well, it was worth it! The pictures don’t do it justice. If you are able, I recommend climbing the rocks. The trail is on the right and if you get tired of climbing, you can hop on to the trail. Might have to walk through some denser parts but it is an option. The trail is steep and was washed out on some part as you are along a creek most of the time. We had to climb down the rocks at one point because the trail was washed out. Either go! But go on a dry day and be ready to get calf high wet as you cross three creeks!

Ashley Earick
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

Great workout. Recommend sturdy hiking boots with good traction. There are several water crossings & the water is high since we’ve had so much rain this past week. Several muddy patches. Be prepared to come out with wet socks if you go in the next couple days before the water goes down. The boulders were super fun (admittedly even a little scary at moments, and I love rock scrambling). Great challenge, both physically & mentally. You can choose to climb straight up the boulders or there’s a trail to the right. Lovely creek & small waterfalls. Plenty of people on the trail but not packed. Recommend!

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Jacob Smith
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HikingRockyScramble

The rock scramble is amazing, wish this trail wasn't 3 hours from me. Definitely a must do for me during the fall, view must be great. It rained the day before so water levels were higher and alot of the rocks were slippery, good shoes/boots recommended.

Emily Sedlak
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HikingFloodedMuddyRockyScramble

This is a one of a kind hike, especially if you choose to go up the scramble instead of the trail that runs alongside the scramble (the trail is also very rocky). Definitely need sure footing and maybe some previous scrambling experience if you wanna go up the rocks but so satisfying at the top and totally worth it! A few water crossings at the beginning so be prepared to get a little wet! Would not recommend trail/adventure sandals on this one, need something close toed for sure and probably something with traction on the bottom for the slick rocks.

Erika Hickey
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Hiking

The rock scramble is fun! Great views at the top.

Amanda Swindle
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HikingRockyScramble

LOVED THIS TRAIL! The first couple miles before the rock scramble are moderate - some steady incline that will get your heart pumping. But it doesn’t compare to the rock scramble at Devil’s Marbleyard. It is challenging in the best way possible! We enjoyed it very much. The trailhead has about 4-5 parking spots, but if you get there late enough (probably anytime after 9:30/10) you’ll have to park on the street. Thankfully there is plenty space designated for street parking not too far from the trailhead.

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