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The Devil's Stairs Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 05/20/2005
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Geocache Description:

Ashe County is located in the northwestern corner of North Carolina. It is the only county in the state that borders both Virginia and Tennessee.

The Devil's Stairs is a site along N.C. 88, just east of the community of Warrensville. The spot got its name when the Norfolf & Western Railway extended the rail line from Abingdon, VA into Ashe County, NC around 1914. A section of rock at that bend in the river was dynamited, and the resulting formation resembled a set of giant steps ascending the side of the mountain. The stairs may have been designated as the devil's because at least one construction worker is said to have been killed in the dynamite blast.

Of course, any spot named after Lucifer is going to have accounts of supernatural encounters associated with it sooner or later. What is probably the best version concerns a preacher who was driving home after church service on a rainy, cold night. As the car neared the Devil's Stairs, the minister saw a hitchhiker in a dark black raincoat that covered his head and face. The preacher stopped to offer the stranger a lift, primarily out of compassion due to the raw weather that evening. The hitchhiker did not say a word as he sat in the back seat, according to the account. The reverend looked in the rear-view mirror several times, but never saw the hitchhiker's face. So he turned around and looked into the man's eyes, which were as red as fire and as big as a fist. The startled minister pulled over to the side of the road to let the rider out, but when he got out and opened the back door he found no one inside the car.

You are seeking a round Rubbermaid container. In addition to the log, it contains some small trade items. Be sure to bring your own pen. If you look across the road you should be able to see the area known as The Devil's Stairs.

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