Beard's Gap to Brushy Hallow (Mountain Momma) Mountain Top Overlook

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Douthat State Park

Beard's Gap to Brushy Hallow (Mountain Momma) Mountain Top Overlook is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Millboro, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.9 miElevation gain954 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Just an amazing hike up through a creek valley. The first half (easy to moderate) warms you up and the switchbacks up to the ridge keep you warm. The hike past the shelter to the overlook (higher moderate level) are much narrower and not for the skiddish. When wet this upper part could be quite the sketchy experience. Up and back is a good amount of work so pack accordingly. Lots of scenery and some very exciting photo opportunities. If you are comfortable on a trail and relatively fit this is a doable trail.

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Elizabeth Hall
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Perfect trail. Uphill, but pleasant if you like to hike. Nice cool fall Friday with no one else on the trail. For the first third you will criss-cross a cascading stream up to a small waterfall. Then you will walk along the ridges. We were there post- peak foliage, so enough leaves were down for good views with just enough remaining color.

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Frank Gifford
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Erica Jones
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The trails in Douthat State Park on the east side of Rt 629 seem to be less used than the west side (particularly to Blue Suck Falls). There is a "Beard's Gap Hollow " trail on the west side. Nicest trail I was on in Douthat that trip. The creek was almost dry the first day; two days later after light rains poof !! Trail goes up a very steep sided ravine but trail incline not terribly steep. Trail connects to Brushy HOLLOW; you can do a nice loop on Beards' Gap to north on Mountain Side, down Buck Hollow, left on WIlson Creek. Trail starts out behind a maintenance building - don't fret - it gets way better quickly.

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Bea Meeks
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Hiking

Awesome trail! It followed a little stream, the path was well marked and there was a map halfway up. We saw a bear about 20 minutes into our hike! Lost of shade but still got pretty hot form walking up the mountain for awhile. I would recommend hiking in the morning when it’s a little cooler.

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Colleen O'Connor
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If you like to do hikes where there’s very few—or no—people, then this is the place. The path was a little overgrown and a bit buggy in the beginning along the creek. Bring some bug spray and you’ll be good! It was a nice wooded trail with creek crossings that led uphill to the view. We saw a black bear drinking from the creek. The view was an opening in the trees with a rock bench. The map says to continue after the scenic view, but we didn’t see anything. I suggest just circling back when you reach the rock bench. It’s a constant uphill hike that gets steamy as you get up the mountain, so bring extra water.

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Shona Freeman
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Gorgeous trail! My favorite state park so far!

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G J
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Hiking

Very nice trail. Not too difficult and no major scramble sections. Trailhead to the right of the guest registration sign.

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Karl Jackson
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Wonderful hike! Start at the guest registration building, not at the lodge parking.

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Mikel C
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An amazing hike. In November the park is nearly deserted. From the babbling creeks to the grand vistas it was just the right amount of challenge and natural beauty for a cold morning. The trees around the top towards the summit of the hike were coated in ice and as the sun warmed them the ice was falling to the ground. The tinkling and crackling noises were just magical.

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Dan Mauro
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Abby Dwornik
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Kim Taylor
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Andrew Parker
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Lee Anne Bowling-Angle
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