Big Devils Stairs

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia 22835

Elevation Gain1,188ft
Trailhead Elevation2,407ft
Elevation Min/Max1291/2407ft
Elevation Start/End2407/2407ft

Big Devils Stairs

Big Devils Stairs is a hiking trail in Rappahannock County, Virginia. It is within Shenandoah National Park. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 2,407 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,188 feet. Along the trail there is a viewpoint. This trail connects with the following: Bluff Trail.

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AMC's Best Day Hikes in The Shenandoah Valley (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Jennifer Adach and Michael R. Martin
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"From Skyline Drive descend into the steep canyon of Big Devils Stairs and peer into the hollow from the cliffs high above. This fairly straightforward out-and-back hike is complicated slightly by the web of trails that weaves around the Appalachian Trail (AT) and the Gravel Springs Hut, a first-come, first-served AT shelter; in summer, these shelters are more commonly used by AT thru-hikers. In the parking lot, orient yourself by noting that the AT crosses Skyline Drive in the gap. You will not be walking on the AT for this trip." Read more

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Trail Information

Shenandoah National Park
Nearby City
Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park (, 540-999-3500, 800-732-0911 [for emergencies]
Local Contacts
PATC, Map 9, Appalachian Trail and other trails in Shenandoah National Park, North District, 2009
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Dec 2018