Devil's Fork Trail (Forest Trail #210)

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Photo of a small stream cascading into a deep green pool of water.

Devil’s Fork is a 6.9 mile loop trail. The trail leads to a popular geologic feature known as the Devil’s Bathtub. The lower portion of the trail follows a stream, Devils Fork, and meanders by numerous small waterfalls. This trail is rugged, with uneven footing, and more than ten stream crossings with no bridges. Portions of the trail are steep and slippery. Visitors should be prepared for a strenuous hike and should plan accordingly.

This trail is very popular, and parking is limited. The access road to the small trailhead may require a high clearance vehicle. Additional parking is available at a nearby county park.

Trail Open To:

Trail Hiking

 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Trail is subject to flash flooding during heavy rain, and conditions may vary based on recent weather events. Exercise caution, and check weather prior to your visit.
Open Season: Trail is open all year.
Restrictions: When recreating on Forest Service Lands, follow the Forest Rules for Visitors and Forest Supervisor’s Orders
Motorized use, including e-bikes, is prohibited. 
All visitors should follow Tread Lightly and Leave No Trace guidelines.   
Closest Towns: The community of Fort Blackmore is approximately 5 miles south of the trailhead. The Town of Dungannon is approximately 15 miles east of the trailhead.
Water: Drinking water is not provided. All water taken from natural sources should be purified before use.
Restroom: Restrooms are not available. Leave No Trace when disposing of human waste.
Information Center: For more information contact: Clinch Ranger District 1700 Park Avenue SW, Norton, VA 24273. 276-679-8370 Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 12:00 and 12:30 - 4:30 Current weather conditions for Dungannon, VA: www.weather.gov

General Information

Directions:

To reach the trailhead, follow State Route 619 north for approximately 5 miles from State Route 65 at Fort Blackmore to the trailhead parking area.  


General Notes:

Trail Length: 6.9 Miles

Blazes: Yellow

Trail Difficulty: Strenuous

Connecting Trails: Straight Fork Ridge #204

Elevation: Approximately 1670’ at trailhead to 3000’ at highest point

Trail Etiquette: This trail is managed for hiking. The trail is very popular so please be courteous to other trail users and pack out all garbage.

Trail Access Points: The Devils Fork Trail may be accessed from the Devils Fork Trailhead, or from the Straight Fork Ridge Trail. Visitors only intending to visit The Devil’s Bathtub should use the Devils Fork Trailhead.

Trail Map:It is recommended that all trail users always carry a reliable map. This trail is shown on the Interactive Visitor Map and the National Geographic/Trails Illustrated Map #793.  Maps may be purchased at some local District Ranger Stations, at outdoor retail locations or by visiting the National Geographic’s Trails Illustrated website.


Parking:

Trailhead parking is limited, and the trailhead access road may require a high clearance vehicle to traverse. Additional parking is available at Scott County’s Stony Creek Park, approximately one-half mile from the trailhead, adjacent to State Route 619.


Recreation Map

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Activities


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