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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.

hiking
1 month ago

Our family had a great time on this hike. We took the Blue Suck Falls trail until it hooked up with the Pine trail then headed back in on Middle Hollow trail and Huff’s Trail to complete a 3.5 mile loop. Even our two kids (ages 10 & 5) were able to negotiate this entire hike without trouble. It did have enough of an elevation change that is also provided a good workout. The only thing keeping it from a 5-Star hike was that the route we took didn’t really have any great views, but overall was still a great afternoon trek!

Very confusing

Today, We came across large black bear near the end of trail. My eight year old daughter was with us which made things a little stressful. I’d do it again, but not with small children.

Beautiful trail. Went in second week in April. Trail system in Douthat is different and sort of confusing, but nice at the same time if that makes sense. You can’t compare this to Niagra falls like some people seem to be doing. Take it for what it is: a pretty and tranquil trail in an excellent state park.

Great hike in wooded area. Followed sounds of water and views of waterfalls. Signage got confusing at times but all ended well.

hiking
6 months ago

False advertised as 4 miles definitely 10 mile up and back. The last switch back is great place to have lunch on the rocks just off trail. A little disappointing as there isn't much to see as the waterfall is indistinguishable from the stream you cross several times. Plan to get your feet wet and then do the extra mile or so to the Lookout trail and you'll do great.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful

nice trails.

hiking
11 months ago

I only did the Blue Suck Falls trail (5.8 mi). Beautiful views and I hiked on a day when the fall foliage was at it's peak. This trail is rated difficult but I think it's because of the long, steep ascend. The trail bed itself is actually pretty easy--long stretches without rocks, boulders, etc. Lots of streams so next time (yes, I'll do it again--but a longer loop) I'll carry less water and use the sawyer. The Falls was nice but nothing dramatic. There was stone viewing bench there (natural)--nice touch and a good spot for a snack or lunch. You arrive at the Falls pretty soon after starting. The views are all beyond it. Incidentally, I wonder why it's called Blue Suck Falls? The topo map I printed from this site (I like to carry a paper copy) was accurate. I checked GPS on my phone at one point and had reception. For day hikes, park in the Carson Picnic Area parking lot to meet the Blue Trail head. Restrooms are nearby, a nice feature. On this day I was the only hiker (late season and it was raining) but quite a few trail bikers. I imagine on good days, peak times, bikers might be quite a presence.

Not a hard hike. Thought it should be considered a moderate hike. not many views but the trail was well layed out and marked well. only a trickle from the falls because not alot of rain lately overall a nice hike.

hiking
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I picked this trail because other reviews said there are great views at the top. I went in October when the leaves are just starting to change color. At the top, you can’t see much through the trees. So the view from there was nil. There is a spot or two on the way up where you can see the main lake in Douthat State Park. It’s a steady climb and the trail is challenging, but don’t pick it if you’re looking forward to great views.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Amazing weekend at Douthat, this park is everything your minds eye has envisioned! Gorgeous any time of year, the photos do not do it justice.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

In Douthat Park, I took Ross Trail past the Lake, heading north on the right. That led me to Mountain Top Trail. When it seemed I reach the top because there were rocks and craggy trees and I could see 360° around, I went off the path of it to get a closer look at the rock formations and amazing trees and lost track of the trail a bit... Following the yellow blaze for Mountain Top Trail to head back, and realizing I was actually gaining elevation... I took out my Alltrails app and was very glad that I had connection! I truly don't know how that works when I could not send texts but I am thankful it did. A God send. Because it showed that I was going in the wrong direction and would have spent the night in the woods! So having a fully charged phone is another thing to add to my list of things to bring on a hiking expedition. (I was down to 20%)
Thank you AllTraills. I love your topographical map that works with GPS!

hiking
Friday, June 23, 2017

My family hiked this trail on our way back to White Oak campground in a circuit that included the Tobacco House Ridge trail and Blue Suck Falls Trail. In all we hiked 5 miles total. The trails in Douthat State Park are very well maintained. My only complaint is that some of the signs were a bit confusing. Be sure to take the park trails map with you. See the picture of the confusing sign we encountered on our hike.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Advertised as a 4.2 mile out and back trail. This is not the case. water fall along trail is weak sauce. The name says it all, nothing but stones the first mile and a half to aggravate your knees.
On the positive side, it's rated as difficult so you most likely won't be running into other hikers. Beautiful scenery with the exception of a few thick vegetation spots. Bring food.

Monday, April 24, 2017

There's a Beard's Gap that goes east from the office that is moderate too easy. It has amazing views of old rock formations and streams. Well worth it!!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Wonderful, easy to get to, outdoor getaway. Love douthat!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Great view, awesome trails. It's worth the drive!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Went in late fall so the waterfall wasn't all that great. Pretty moderate hike. The app takes you to the WRONG entrance, find the correct directions here: http://www.hikingupward.com/OVH/BlueSuckFalls/

hiking
Sunday, October 02, 2016

This is a good hike when done as a loop with Tuscarora Overlook and Stony Run Trail. You'll climb most of the mountain on this trail so it is mostly uphill with lots of switchbacks. Great overlooks and places to rest along the way.

hiking
Sunday, October 02, 2016

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!

hiking
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Looks like the best time to hike the falls is after alot of rain or just after the snow melts at the end of winter. Instagram shows some awesome waterfall pics proving my point

hiking
Monday, July 25, 2016

Went hiking on a hot July day. Was nicely shaded so we were not dying from the sun yet...Beautiful views, not too difficult. Highly recommend this trail!

hiking
Thursday, July 07, 2016

Great trail for descending from Tuscarora Overlook trail. There is close to 10 switchbacks going up past Stony Run Falls. The trail is well maintained and is an excellent opportunity for hiking or mountain biking.

Friday, May 20, 2016

nice trail system , could use some maintenance. seen two bear cub on the hike about three miles in.

hiking
Monday, March 14, 2016

Very nice trail. Shared it with a few mountain bikers that day. The trail crossed the stream a few times. Switchbacks helped with the elevation gain. Overall, I'd rate it moderate to strenuous. Great hike - can't wait to go again.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Awesome park!

hiking
Saturday, January 17, 2015

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.

hiking
Sunday, March 09, 2014

nice wooded trail with great views of Covington

mountain biking
Sunday, May 26, 2013

Seriously, as a semi-pro MTB rider, one of the best damned trail systems in the mid-east USA....(understatement)

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