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Douthat State Park


Route 1
Millboro, VA 24460
540.862.8100
No Email Address
http://www.state.va.us/dcr//parks/douthat.htm
3 Reviews
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If you want quiet, breathtaking views with friendly helpful staff, lots of wildlife, great fishing (both lake & stream)and several bicycle friendly trails, try Douthat. We go almost every year, and my children love it too. 3 young boys, mind you. If you want fancy, stay home. If you want nature with all the conveniences you really need, but no fluff, come by all means. The lake is electric only, so while the sites are close together, the hushed talking of the folks next door is well worth the lack of boat noise. Douthat is a hidden gem.

Received from Stacey W for visit in Jun 2006


Site Number: 10
Stay Again? YES
This is a beautiful place to visit. We stayed and did some camping for a week. We did some hiking and fishing! It was great! A BIG THANK YOU GOES TO: pack#2 Scouts that maintain one of the hiking trails at Douthat State Park. You all do a wonderful job. Keep up the great work. We appreciate it! Would you pass that along to the wonderful Scouts @ pack #2. The resturant was pretty good too at the State Park. We would gladly come back for another camping adventure. The Kerr Clan in Chesterfield,Virginia

   

Received from Joseph K for visit in Aug 2006


Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES
My husband and I traveled to Douthat State Park last weekend for two nights of camping, hiking and bike riding. Once we exited interstate 81N onto Hwy. 220 the drive just go prettier and prettier. The park is in a great spot set at least two miles back off the main road. This meant no sounds of distant traffic at night, something I appreciate. We had a reservation in the Lakeside campground, which is definitely the best of the 3 campgrounds for tent camping. While the tent pads were very nicely done, allowing for our stakes to be driven in easily, I was very disappointed to see how close all the sites were to one another. I repeat, very close to one another. There was absolutely no privacy except in your tent, and even then it was annoying that we could hear almost every conversation going on around us. The bathhouse was as clean as was possible but is old and needs either repair or replacement. The park is beautiful and well-maintained otherwise. The beach and swimming area of the lake were also very nice. It is a small lake, to me more like a big pond, but pretty. We had difficulty getting information about the trails from employees we saw at the camp store, restaurant or beach. We had to finally truck back up to the ranger station to see if someone there could advise us about trails. We were disappointed to find out all the trails in the park are basically wooded trails. There are no ridgeline or moutaintop trails to afford you any kind of long range view of the Allegheny Mountains. The ranger recommeded the Beards Gap trail for hiking which starts right behind the park office. Because there had been no rain in a while all creeks in the park were basically dried up. I can see where this particular trial could have been a very pretty hike otherwise. For most of this strenuous trail you hike along a creek, climbing in elevation steadily. We could tell that there would have been many beautiful waterfalls to see if the creek were not dry. Without the water I found it a boring trail. And there was no view once we reached the top - no reward for all that effort. We also tried the Buck Hollow Trail and the Wilson Creek trail - they were all the same. Our final morning there we discovered the best trail - it is the one that starts at the Lakeside campground, the Heron Run Trail. It was the only trail with any view actually. My husband road his mountain bike on it which was hairy in a few spots, but he loved it. All in all, I would visit this park again, BUT, in another time of the year to hopefully catch the campground at least half empty, as the view of the stars at night was fantastic since there were no city lights within miles. Then, I would venture out of the park to nearby trails in the George Washington National Forest instead of the park trails for more worthwhile hiking.

Received from Anon for visit in Aug 2006


Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES



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