Hiking The Devils Fork Loop Trail

The 9th most popular hiking trail in Virginia.

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Northwest of Fort Blackmore in the Jefferson National Forest, the Devils Fork Loop Trail (7 miles) is located primarily on an old road that was used long ago for logging and coal. Once you start up the trail from an old cultivated area call Y Bottom you will cross the stream 10 times, and will pass a rusting coal car along the way. You will pass many scenic areas, so stop and enjoy each one. The Devils Bathtub is an excellent area where the hiker will see the stream racing down a rock chute, swirl through the tub and race downstream.

Continuing up the trail along the Devils Fork Loop Trail, you will come to a 50 foot waterfall at the mouth of Corder Hollow. You will also pass through many hollows and loop on to the Straight Fork Ridge, with its scenic vistas of surrounding mountains.

Both Trails would make an excellent day hike or overnight camping trip. There are no facilities at the trailhead.

Access: From Fort Blackmore off of State Route 72, take State Route 691. Follow 619 to the left at the intersection of 619 and State Route 657. Take Forest Service road 2631 to the left and bear up the hill to the parking area.

Trail Beginning: Trailhead off State Route 619

Trail Ending: Devils Fork Loop Trail ends back at the parking lot. Straight Fork Ridge ends on Forest Service road 237 on top of Little Mountain.

Overall, Devils Fork Loop Trail is the 9th most popular hiking trail of all 23 hikes in Virginia. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Devils Fork Loop Trail including Seven Sisters Trail, Trails Of Dismal, Crawfish/Channel Rock Trails, Tract Fork Trail and Laurel Fork Trail.


Local Contact(s):  Jefferson National Forest (703) 228-5551; Virginia Tourism (800) 847-4882.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Virginia" from Bill Burnham

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/gwj/

Date Published:  4/2/2016

Date Updated:  7/22/2016

ID:  14651


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