**Updated 12/29/2006 This cache has been moved to the coords list above due to cache container being removed??? twice since I adopted this cache. the origal coords are N 37° 34.839 W 079° 28.378. Iput these in because there is such a great view from this location. Journey into the heart of Devils Marble Yard. This is one of my favorite places to hike to and climb rocks. Hiking shoes are recommended but not necessary. A 1.2 mile hike up a rocky trail that only gets worse (or more fun) before you find the cache. Enter the Belfast trailhead (37' 34.271N 79' 29.503W)on Petites Gap Road and follow the Belfast trail. Good luck...
- Wood Carving by HammerHead
- Emergency Poncho
- Emergency Blanket
- Log Book
- GeoCaching window sticker
- Match stick holder
Note added 4/21/08: I have been hiking this trail and bouldering here for over half my life and at the board at the trail head used to be the folk story of how Devil's Marbleyard was created. I remember the story somewhat but anyone that has a copy, I would love to be able to post it here.
After many hours of searching I have found a version of the story, that many years ago, was posted on the bulletin board at the beginning of the trail. Between my memories and what I have found this is it.
The story goes that it was once a secret place of worship to a peaceful Native American tribe who lived in the valley. It was a beautiful and fertile place with a large stone altar where the people would worship on full-moon nights. One day, two strangers appeared. The Native Americans welcomed the man and woman and because of their difference to the natives they were seen as spirits. The outsiders explained to the people they believed in a higher power and converted the natives. That summer they suffered a terrible drought and famine spread throughout the valley. The natives blamed the outsiders and their god for their misfortune. They took the outsiders to the altar and burned them alive. This enraged the gods and as the flames rose higher, a huge storm engulfed the sky. Lightning burst from the clouds shattering the altar, covering the mountainside into what is now known as "The Devil's Marbleyard"