The Devil's Bathtub

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jmpncsu
Raleigh, NC4,196 contributions
Beautiful Swimhole but Very Crowded
Sep 2020
Devil's Bathtub is a waterfall and pothole in the creek bed that makes an excellent swimhole. Be warned, the water is very cold. It's a 3-4 mile round trip hike with dozens of creek crossings so plan to get your feet wet. The hike is beautiful and worth taking your time. We wore water shoes so the crossing were no big deal. My only complaint was that it was super crowded. Scott County built a second parking area to accommodate demand and that was almost full too. There was almost no one at Little Stony so we were surprised it was so crowded here. Would definitely recommend visiting during the week and arriving early to avoid the crowds.
Written 12 January 2021
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Christopher F
Mount Vernon, VA12 contributions
Magnificent
Dec 2020
Please, more than anything, allow yourself an appropriate amount of time to enjoy the beauty of this area and the wonderful hike. I chose this location as a surprise for my date to celebrate her birthday and we couldn't have been happier with our trip. Being in December it was almost a necessity to have perfect weather and we did. The trail is moderately difficult but the 10 crossings of the brook definitely challenge a novice hiker. We had 50 degrees and the sunshine highlighted the scenery beautifully. The serenity cant even begin to be described; maybe its the area, maybe its the time of year, but we didn't hear a bird or see so much as a squirrel until the last 30 minutes of the trip. The good part of going in December was not having to worry about snakes (see other reviews) however the one person we saw during our 5 hours of hiking says the water is cold even in summer so enjoying a dip in December was out of the question.

Highly recommend bringing a walking stick to help balance crossing the water and MUST HAVE waterproof boots that go over your ankles, I recommend a minimum of 6" waterproof hikers but 8" or more if you go when there has been rain.
Written 23 December 2020
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Wade C
Knoxville, TN400 contributions
Beautiful place. Be prepared.
Oct 2020 • Couples
Very beautiful hike to the Devils Bathtub. You will cross 10 + water crossing on the trail so be prepared to get wet. The hike is approximately 4 miles in and out so again be prepared with snacks and water. Take your time and enjoy it. The trail is just as beautiful as the bathtub.
Written 18 October 2020
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Mark C
Knoxville, TN2,315 contributions
A great hike
Oct 2020 • Family
This was our first visit to this trail/hike, this was an amazing hike, it's a little tough hike as you have to cross the creek many many times so wear good wet shoes, there's a lot of rock on almost all of the trail. Caution, about three of the areas of the trail is a little dangerous so be careful. Withal that said this is a beautiful trail and worth the hike.
Written 8 October 2020
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DenMarkster
Denmark50 contributions
Pretty area if overused on weekends
Aug 2020
Great hike if you know what you are getting into and can avoid the crowds.

1. You can turn at your first left and head straight to the Devil's bathtub area for @4.5 mile RT hike with the 14-15 stream crossings or you can go right for the longer 7mile RT that is strenuous but avoids the stream crossings on the way up. This is a pretty hike through rhododendrons, fern filled forest, and steep hillsides.

2. Check weather and recent and predicted rain. High water makes it difficult to dangerous given the many crossings.

3. When you get to the devil's bathtub area you will find a series of swimming holes and of course the bathtub itself (small but deep and cold pool).

4. Farther up is a nice waterfall that is challenging to get to (with ropes provided to get down/up the steep hillside.

5. Be prepared to get wet. This is not a trail for flip flops. Good water shoes (Tevas or similar) or boots you do not mind getting wet.

Cons: On weekends it is crowded with people smoking and discarding cigarettes and kids running around like crazy. If you can avoid the weekend, best to do so. Parking is challenging on the road leading in to the trailhead. People park on the side and can block larger cars in that are parked farther up the road.
Written 28 August 2020
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WandererWoman
Harrisburg, PA8 contributions
Prepare to get wet!
Aug 2020 • Friends
I’ve done a lot of hikes and this one is close to top favorite. It definitely has its challenges, but it’s not as difficult as some have mentioned. I would recommend hiking sandals or similar to cross the creek beds. Also, use hiking poles if you have them. It helps with crossing the creeks. DO NOT go if it’s raining because of potential flash flooding. We went on a weekday morning to avoid the crowds and it was great. Also, parking in the main lot is limited and you will definitely need some kind of AWD or 4WD vehicle, otherwise you have to park in the lot further out and walk about a mile or so in. Follow the yellow markers on the trees and you can’t go wrong. The Devil’s Bathtub is freezing, but worth the swim if you take the time to do this hike.
Written 21 August 2020
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Gypsyrose76
Fayetteville, WV16 contributions
Absolutely beautiful!
Jul 2020 • Family
This was a great hike, a lot to see and of course the scenery was breath taking! There are several inclines and narrowing in the trail at times, just be careful. The earlier you go in the day the better! The longer we were there the more people came. Definitely will be back!!
Written 17 July 2020
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Melanie J
Knoxville, TN116 contributions
Difficult to cross creeks with high water.
May 2020 • Family
I gave this review a lower score due to the fact that there is not way to reach this place in the spring unless you actually get in the creeks to cross. Took us a couple of hours to drive here. We made it to the first crossing and went up and down the bank looking for rocks that we could use to cross and it was just too full. If it wasn’t 44 degrees (and one of us have a recent hip replacement), it wouldn’t have been so bad to try, but we had to turn around. Also if your vehicle doesn’t sit up a little higher, you won’t make it up the road due to the large ruts toward the end of the essentially one lane road. Guess I’ll have to stick to my Smokey Mtn trails.
Written 11 May 2020
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SnoDan
Kingsport, TN1 contribution
Devil's Disappointment
Sep 2019 • Friends
If you are looking for a good hike this isnt for the faint of heart..its a grueling hike and be sure to bring plenty of water especially if it's hot out.its about a 5 mile hike in total roundtrip.I don't mean to complain but for all the 14 times you cross the creek heading in its definitely not worth the hike to get there and see the little bath tub of water that everyone has raved about for years and then you see for yourself its disappointing..but if you have to see it in person please learn to park and walk,sometimes its busy and dont forget to keep your trash with you because people like to do the hike and then leave trash everywhere..especially beer cans and plastic bottles..and remember to bring an EpiPen, my nephew got stung by a yellow jacket and he about didnt make it out..better safe than sorry..
Written 23 November 2019
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Rebecca P
12 contributions
Beautiful hike, worth the effort!
Oct 2019 • Friends
By no means is this a lazy walk in the park. You have to cross multiple streams with loose rock formations. Definitely worth the 4 mile round trip hike. We even decided to jump in. FREEZING, but worth it!
Written 21 October 2019
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