Devil’s Bathtub & Waterfall

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the rise in popularity of Devil’s Bathtub in recent years, the hike is often over-visited and has caused environmental issues with parking and littering. If you choose to visit, please remember to #LeaveNoTrace and only park in a designated parking area. 

Devil’s Fork Loop Trail is perfect for the true back country enthusiasts who are willing to get their feet wet. All hikers should be prepared to scramble over boulders, and should plan their visit during relatively low water conditions. The highlight of the trail is the spectacular Devil’s Bathtub, a naturally smooth swimming hole.

After the first creek crossing, you have the option of going right or left. The Forest Service has the sign pointing both ways to the Devil’s Bathtub, but the mileage is not marked. To the right is 7 miles round trip, but with no creek crossings. To the left is the shorter and more heavily traveled trail with 13 creek crossings.

Weekdays are the best time to visit Devil’s Bathtub due to its popularity. 

Visitors should not park between the no parking signs or on private property.  

Length: 7.2 miles round trip (optional 1.8 additional miles (or more) up one way)

Difficulty: Difficult

Facilities: None

parking for 60 cars available at: 

331 High Knob SC

Dungannon, VA 24225


FS 1565 Begley, Ft. Blackmore, VA 24250


(423) 863-1667