The Outside Family Vacation Guide named Virginias Douthat State Park one of the nation's 10 best. The park, which straddles Bath and Alleghany counties, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Douthat is one of the original six Virginia State Parks that opened June 15, 1936. It's nestled in the Allegheny Mountains and features some of Virginias most outstanding scenery. In addition, a 50-acre lake offers swimming, boating and seasonal trout fishing.
Good trail to descend from Blue Suck Falls trail and the Tuscarora Overlook. Well maintained. The trail gets very narrow I'm certain parts and the loose rocks are a little much after a mile or so. This trail crosses over Stony Run Creek several times. Note: part of this trail is shared with horses... Beware of the manure!
This park is five minutes from my home. It's become my favorite playground. It's beautiful year round, and the trail system is rewarding, fun, and pretty much perfect. I go out for the day, or just to spend a couple of hours, and never get tired of walking these trails. Difficulty ranges from casual and easy to demanding and exhausting, and you can link the trails together in a seemingly endless set of combinations. Living this close to this park is the very best thing about my hometown.
Bryan S. on Douthat State Park Loop
Seriously, as a semi-pro MTB rider, one of the best damned trail systems in the mid-east USA....(understatement)
Nice hike, dry conditions so there was not too much water running, could be 'interesting' hike after very heavy rains! Did the loop from the park office, up Wilson creek to beards gap to mountain top trail for the lookout then back down on bushy hollow.