Drive: 1h 2m
Length of Hike: 3 miles
Type of Hike: Out & Back
The Devil’s Marbleyard is located in the James River Face Wilderness area as part of the Belfast Trail. The marbleyard is a unique geological feature that can best be described as a huge rock field with boulders ranging from the size of coffee tables to those of large vans. The Belfast Trail passes through the remains of an old Boy Scout camp and follows Belfast Creek gradually uphill to the Devil’s Marbleyard, which is an unmistakable jumble of huge white boulders to the left of the trail. Climbing onto the boulders opens up some good views of the area, but it is the boulder field itself that is the star of the show.
There are two versions of this hike. The first passes the Devil’s Marbleyard, a hillside of boulders with some as large as a truck, and continues down the Gunter Ridge Trail. The second version adds a 3.0 mile out and back hike along the Appalachian Trail, which reaches one of the most spectacular 360° panoramas in Virginia.
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