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Old Oct 25, 2012, 8:00 PM   #1
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Had an opportunity to hike in a new (to me) location recently. Nearby Jefferson National Forest in Southwest Virginia is rich in varied discovery. One of those unique wild places is Devil's Fork, near Fort Blackmore Virginia.

The first part of the Devil's Fork Trail is an old rails to trails project, but it sure doesn't look like a railroad today!
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Old Oct 25, 2012, 8:03 PM   #2
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The trail crosses the creek at least a dozen times - no footbridges, but plenty of lovely green rock-hops!
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The only evidence of the railroad is this little, rusting coal car...
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Most who hike this trail are heading for the "star attraction" of this part of the forest. It's called the Devil's Bathtub. And many who are heading for the bathtub come upon this lovely swimming hole, and think that they have found the bathtub...
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Great series...but Pix # 2 is really exceptional. As mentioned before. some of your photo's should be in your state's tourism information. They are that good and as a sometime tourist....they have a lot of appeal.
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Old Oct 25, 2012, 8:08 PM   #6
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But, to get to the Bathtub, you need to hike a bit further into the lush green forest...
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Cross the creek a few more times...
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And pay close attention to the stream!

Here are several views of the bathtub - which do you prefer?
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Many hikers don't even make it as far as the bathtub, and most who do reach the Tub will turn back at this point. But it's worth hiking a little farther, to get some views of Corder Hollow Falls...
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The trail beyond the falls is very difficult to follow - in fact, a local group of Boy Scouts became lost there about a month or two ago!

So we chose to turn back after the falls, and not follow the ever-fainter trail deeper into the wilderness.

Sure do hope you enjoyed this damp green hike, and that you will share your comments, critique & suggestions!
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