RTC SpringSummer 2015 Issue_final - page 23

Devil's Bathtub, Devil's Fork Loop Trail, Virginia
Amazing rock formations, waterfalls and swimming
holes offer plenty to see and do along the Devil's Fork
Loop Trail in southwest Virginia. A crisp stream drops
from one ledge to the next, tumbling over shelves of
shale and beneath moss-covered banks. While minor
waterfalls dot the length of the stream, the main attrac-
tion is Devil's Bathtub, located 1.5 miles from the
trailhead. The emerald pool beckons as green-blue water
swings down the sandstone slide and fills the tub. Jump
Note: The Devil's Fork Loop Trail is a far cry from
your “typical” rail-trail, and it’s not for the faint of heart.
In fact, with 18 stream crossings, 1,200 feet of elevation
change, and a fair amount of exposure and scrambling,
this seven-mile trail should be tackled only by those up
for a challenge and prepared—mentally and physically—
for wet feet and a taxing experience.
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