Little Devils Stairs Trail

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia 22835

Elevation Gain1,555ft
Trailhead Elevation1,209ft
Elevation Min/Max1197/2698ft
Elevation Start/End1209/1209ft

Little Devils Stairs Trail

Little Devils Stairs Trail is a hiking trail in Rappahannock County, Virginia. It is within Shenandoah National Park. It is 1.9 miles long and begins at 1,209 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,555 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.

Little Devils Stairs Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Winding its way between the steep cliffs of the gorge, Little Devils Stairs is a classic Virginia climb renowned for its wildness and it backcountry feel, though it is just steps away from the Appalachian Trail and Skyline Drive. In its first 2.0 miles, Little Devils Stairs Trail takes you on one of the most picturesque climbs in the Shenandoah as it twists and turns past waterfalls, steep rock faces, rockfalls, and dark forests. And climb it will—about 1,600 feet.

At points the trail will be steep (as much as a 45 percent grade, though that stretch is mercifully short) and slick. At times, the trail is also co-located with the creek, especially if the mountains are at all wet. In fact, if there’s been much
rain or if there’s any chance of ice, be cautious on this hike."

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Trail Information

Shenandoah National Park
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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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