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Hike the Devil's Bathtub

Duffield, Virginia

5.0/5
based on 7 reviews

Details

Distance

3.96 miles

Elevation Gain

250 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Elyse Clark

This 3.2 mile roundtrip hike leads to a beautiful natural feature, Devil's Bathtub, which makes for a great swimming hole on the warmer days.

The Devil’s Bathtub is a deep pool of blue-green water known for being a great swimming hole and a beautiful natural feature. This hike is a 3.2 mile out and back hike with 250 feet elevation gain. There are at least 15 stream crossings, so extreme caution should be taken during periods of medium-to-high flow as the stream crossings may be slippery and submerged.

This hike has gotten very crowded recently so be prepared for large crowds on this hike. Please be respectful of the no trespassing signs on the road to the trailhead -- people who park by these signs may be towed. The road to the trailhead is also very muddy and rutted, so it may be difficult for some cars with low clearance to get to the trailhead.

The trail begins on an old rail bed and quickly descends down to the first stream crossing. After this stream crossing, be sure to stay to the left to remain on the trail to Devil’s Bathtub and not the Devil’s Fork Loop Trail which breaks off to the right. The trail will skirt the stream and cross it another 14-15 times until you reach a large blue-green pool with a small waterfall that is a good swimming hole. Many people think this is the Devil’s Bathtub, but to reach the true Bathtub, continue on the trail another 200 feet or so. It is a 10 ft long by 3 feet wide deep blue-green pool with a small waterfall feeding it.

Once done exploring the bathtub, simply retrace your steps the 1.6 miles back to your car.

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Reviews

Check it out. Wear chacos/sandals cause you’ll get wet. Plan to stay for a bit since the effort to get there is a bit more than expected.

I’ve done this hike when there was very little water in the creek and when the water was raging! I don’t suggest the raging water, but any other time you should be fine. I wore hiking shoes, but I wish I had be wore Chacos it water shoes. The worst part, for beginner hikers, would be crossing the creek around 12 times. I grew up playing in the creeks of Scott County so it’s easy peasy for me. Take lunch and stay a while. It is crowded on the weekends so try to get there through the week! You’ll not be disappointed!

Very Very treacherous hike! if you are a frequent hiker this will be awesome for you, if not - your in for a hard hike! yes it is short distance, but there is rock climbing, creek crossing and wall propelling! Be prepared to get your feet wet!!!!! IT IS VERY SLICK, wear good shoes and not anything open, like sandals. very pretty hike and looks as pictured - water is very cold. The hike is very shady/cool too, not much sun seeks through so it’s not very hot. definitely recommend taking a good camera also for neat shots!

My husband, kids and I went last summer and it was a beautiful experience. We hiked all the way to the beautiful waterfall. We swam in the bathtub and other areas, the water was breathtaking.

This is great place, and local legend for those of us who live nearby. Yes, it has gotten crowded recently, so be prepared for that. Also, this isn't mentioned in the post, but if you keep on going beyond the bathtub itself for a few hundred feet, you will find a nice, small waterfall. It usually very secluded as out-of-towners rarely know it's there. Good Luck!

This hike was fun and not hard. We did it on a hot July day. I do suggest getting here early because the parking lot was full even on a weekday. The water at the bathtub freezing.... But I jumped in anyways!

Actually did this loop in reverse. It got all of the elevation out of the way in the begin and saved the bathtub and falls for last. Parking is limited and can be very muddy. So come Early. And be ready for lots of water crossings. Water in the higher elevation portion can be hard to come by depending on how much it had rained recently. Most of the loop is very secluded, due to most people just do the 1-2 mile out and back to Devils Bathtub only. The trail markers look to have been retouched recently. Just pay attention at water crossings. Sometimes you pick up the trail 30 yards down stream and not straight across. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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