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    Devils Fork - Bathtub - Forest Road 619

    Jefferson National Forest, Virginia
    Distance7.2mi
    Elevation Gain3,724ft
    Trailhead Elevation3,499ft
    Top3,499ft
    Elevation Min/Max1549/3499ft
    Elevation Start/End3499/3499ft

    Devils Fork - Bathtub - Forest Road 619

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    Explorer | 36 pts
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    6/29/2018
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    Pennington Gap, VA
    Pathfinder | 150 pts
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    10/25/2008
    Nice trail. Wasn't very well marked, but pretty easy to follow. Had extra time so planned on overnighting it since we saw two primitive campsites that were supposed to be by the trail. We looked for both, never found either. Devil's bathtub was very neat. Will probably do it again pretty soon.
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    bristol, VA
    Explorer | 40 pts
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    6/14/2008
    This was a good hike! My dad organized this hike and had a party of eight. We set out to hike to the devils bathtub. after a while we kind of got split up due to picture taking and checking out the scenery.My son and I past by the bathtub and went at least 1 mile before turning back. On the way my son spotted a sign pointing us to the devils bathtub. We finely found it after a few hours
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    Gilkey, NC
    Pathfinder | 80 pts
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    4/10/2007
    Rugged "trail". For much of it, we simply followed yellow blazes on the trees with no evidence of a trail. Lots of deadfall to go over/under/around; almost indistinguishable paths through undergrowth. Took much longer than the 4 hours suggested by the guidebook - often due to navigational challenges. Most importantly, at the 6-mile mark, the yellow-blazes turned north (left) when you should go south (right). We went the right way but it could easily mislead someone not alert to the change of direction. Still, a good adventure.
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    Bristol, TN
    Explorer | 40 pts
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    3/26/2006
    I did this loop with my dogs, while my wife and little boy were out of town, so I could check to see if it is "baby-friendly". It's not! Probably ten or twelve would be the minimum age for this trail. It is a very nice hike, nonetheless.

    I had read the trail description, and so knew about the numerous stream crossings on the first leg, but I thought maybe I could just rock-hop to stay dry. This plan held up through the first two or three crossings, but took a lot of time. Eventually I got to a crossing where I had no choice but to just walk through. So, while you should expect to have wet feet on this hike, the water is only about knee-deep.

    I was really impressed with how well marked the trail was with closely spaced yellow blazes, which is good, because in many places the trail is very difficult to discern. But here's my warning: When you get to the spot designated on the trail guide as mile 5.5 "Turn right (downhill) onto the Devil's Fork Loop Trail", the blazes continue uphill. I walked uphill about two miles (I had left both the map and my GPS at home - yeah, I know) before I convinced myself that I had missed a turn. When I finally got back to the place where I should have turned, I realized that there is a post in the ground, that looks like it used to hold a directional sign, but from which that sign has apparently been wrenched off.

    So, if you forget your GPS and/or map, look for the naked signpost at mile 5.5, and turn right!!

    Wildlife we saw included two quail, three pheasants, and one skunk (luckily I saw the skunk before my dogs did!).
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    Jefferson National Forest
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    Jefferson National Forest
    Parks
    Dog-friendly
    Accessibility
    Moderate to Difficult
    Skill Level
    Hunting
    Additional Use
    Waterfalls
    Features
    Jefferson National Forest
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    USGS East Stone Gap
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