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Little Devils Stairs Trail is a 6.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sperryville, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.3 mi Elevation gain 1,496 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Forest Views Waterfall Wildlife Bugs Rocky Scramble
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Emma Burdette
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It’s harder to do the steep incline first but the views of the waterfalls

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Jace Sand
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HikingRockyScramble

The Devils Stairs don’t disappoint, just challenging enough to make you feel like you’ve earned a good workout. The loop is about 5.5 per the gps on my watch. The sound of the stream flowing and water cascading from the waterfall coalesce to make this a perfect day hike for those with 2.5 hours to spare. Highly recommended.

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Mason Nowels
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HikingGreat!

I really loved this trail! There isn't much better than hiking up a cascade. You get gorgeous views all the way up and can keep cool in the mountain water.

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Blair Benz
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Beautiful trail. Lots of gorgeous waterfalls. Long hike down the fire Road but nice to have a break after that uphill scramble.

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E M
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HikingGreat!

Very fun trail that zip zags up stream. Get to the parking lot early as it fills up with people and the trail can get backed up. One thing to note: the trail is actually 5.3-5.6 miles long.

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Kristopher Hough
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Edward Ryder
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Catherine Bross
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Shannon Phillips
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Today was my first time doing this hike and I really enjoyed it. Did it counterclockwise as others has suggested, starting at the marker that says "Little Devil Stairs" and gradually hiking a 2+ mile incline! I laughed when I saw others refer to this as "The Devil's Stairmaster", but now I completely understand. The trail is marked with blue blazes, but there are a lot of back and forth stream crossings to stay on track, so if you're new to this one like I was, just pay close attention! The fire road back was a fairly uneventful, but quick 3 miles. Would do it again! Though, next time, maybe not alone.

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Melissa Mayhew
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It was fun I went just before daylight and it had a creepy vibe. There was definitely high energy there.

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Kirk Cumpston
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Start at the sign and cross the river to go directly to the stairs. Once you get to the top, take the fire road down.

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Joe Sexton
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Best hike yet. Did the hike counter clockwise and I would recommend to everyone this direction. A lot of great picture opportunities and places to get off the trail for pictures. Between mile 2 and 2.5 was steep but not to hard just take your time. Fire road was boring but nice return route.

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Carol Sexton
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We went counter clockwise. The first 2 1/2 miles was somewhat hard but also very very fun and adventurous. The rest of the trip was downhill and easy! beautiful scenery

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Jessica Rodriguez
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Great trail. We did it clockwise. Good workout going up the fire road but going down the stairs can be a little rough on the knees. Dog friendly but some places require a little agility. I suggest going early if you’d rather not hit a bunch of people. Nice waterfall and creek views. We also found one overlook with great views just off the fire road.

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Dane Alder
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Craig Shelby
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This is an awesome trail and a great challenge. With the recent rains, crossing creeks continually is a challenge and precarious at times. I’d move this from moderate to hard. It’s a 1700 foot gain in elevation in a little over a mile and a half with mostly no switchbacks.

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Neil Knutson
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Colene Hastings
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Katrina M
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Bethany Schoenick
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Fun trail. Did it counter clockwise. the first mile was easy but than the stairs start and I lost track of how many times I crossed the creek. so much fun. After the second mile, you reach the FR and just a little off the FR is a nice view. All down hill after that. would like to come back and do the trail clockwise for a kick butt workout up that FR. One thing i did notice was that I recorded 5.3 miles but alltrails says this is more than 6. I can’t tell where I went wrong. Feel free to view my recording. I stopped several times in the way up but if you want a view from the top, check out my way point shortly after getting on the FR for a lovely view.

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Nick Gazulis
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Awesome hike with and 8 and 10 year old. As long as they don’t mind a lot of uphill it’s an exciting family hike.

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Claudio Hayes
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Michele Walton
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Good trail but poorly marked in places. We went counterclockwise and once crossed the stream and almost went up another incline thinking it was the right way. It was pretty washed out from rain. We also encountered a snake sunning itself on the rocks.

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