Douthat State Park

Millboro, Virginia

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Scenic Douthat State Park has been deemed one of the nation’s top 10 state parks and honored with a Centennial Medallion from the American Society of Landscape Architects. These 4,493 acres were part of a land grant given to Robert Douthat by Governor Robert Brooke in 1795. In 1936, Douthat became one of the original six parks in the Virginia State Park system. This CCC-constructed lakeside getaway lies in a valley between Beards and Middle Mountains, through which Wilson Creek and VA 629 run. The neighboring peaks reach heights of 3,000 feet, while the lake is nestled at 1,146 feet.
Best Tent Camping: Virginia

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Best Tent Camping: Virginia

by Randy Porter (Menasha Ridge Press)

Scenic Douthat State Park has been deemed one of the nation’s top 10 state parks and honored with a Centennial Medallion from the American Society of Landscape Architects. These 4,493 acres were part of a land grant given to Robert Douthat by Governor Robert Brooke in 1795.

In 1936, Douthat became one of the original six parks in the Virginia State Park system. This CCC-constructed lakeside getaway lies in a valley between Beards and Middle Mountains, through which Wilson Creek and VA 629 run. The neighboring peaks reach heights of 3,000 feet, while the lake is nestled at 1,146 feet.

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Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Millboro
Season: First weekend in March–Dec. 1
Driving Directions: Directions to Douthat State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

9/23/2007
1

Camp for one night at Camp Roosevelt Recreation. It was great. I was the only there for camping overnite. I hike part of the Massanutten Trail. Three miles in and three miles back. Very flat, rocky and secluded. As you walk through you can tell there is alot of history around you.


10/10/2002
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Indian Grave Ridge Saga We took an 8. something mile hike up the Tolliver trail, Milford trail, Massanutten Mountain East trail, down Indian Grave Ridge and back. We had a good time talking, enjoying the views. The last time I hiked along the Massanutten Mountain East trail on the particular section, we were in fog the entire time! As we came down Indian Grave Ridge, we kept looking for the mysterious Indian grave mounds. We eventually came across the real Indian graves another mile down the trail. The graves were torn up a long time ago by people looking for treasure and artifacts. The two mounds were different sizes and shapes. One was round and the other was about 15 yards long in an oblong shape. We sat for a while and pondered their existence. Whatever the cause for the mounds, the Indians thought these people deserved a proper burial. The last leg of the walk/hike was along a dirt road to get back to the car. The only "wildlife" we saw were cows (beasts of the field) out in their pastures scenting the air with their anal remains. Fresh country air all right. Oh yes, we did hear squirrels and other small critters making noise in the dry leaves as well. The trails are in good condition, albeit they take a long time to reach because of the nature of the river crossings, of which there is only one at Luray.



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