Douthat State Park

Douthat State Park has something for everyone! With areas to fish, hike, swim, and horseback ride, this park is perfect for nearly every outdoor activity.

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Description

Douthat State Park has multiple campsites, cabins for rent, fishing, swimming, riding, and hiking areas. The park features over 40 miles of hiking trails that intertwine to fit every hiker’s interest.

Except for the YCC and Heron Run Trails, all are designated for both hiking and mountain biking. Many of these trails experience steep and rocky uphill and downhill with rough narrow paths that in some places run close to fairly steep dropoffs. Mountain bikers in particular should use extreme caution, yield to hikers, and always wear a helmet. Enjoy the many beautiful overlooks in the park but be mindful that black bears can be seen here from time to time.

Campgrounds accommodate tents, campers of all sizes, and RVs. Amenities include bathrooms, playgrounds, and picnic areas and pavilions with grills.


Parking for standard vehicles is $4 on weekdays and $5 on weekends, payable by cash or check at the information kiosks or at the main office. Maps are also available.

Douthat boasts an area specifically for anglers ages 12 and younger, making it a great park for kids.

Driving Directions

From the Lexington Visitor Center, drive west on Washington Street to a right onto Main Street (US-11 Business). Continue driving north on US-11 for approximately two miles. Turn left to merge onto I-64 W and drive for 28 miles to exit 27. Turn right onto VA-629 (Douthat State Park Road) and continue for 5.6 miles. You will see signs for the park.


Tips

  • Swimming areas are clearly designated and are open Memorial Day through Labor Day.
  • Pets must be leashed no longer than 6 feet.
  • Valid Virginia fishing licenses are required for individuals to fish in permitted areas. Specific licenses are required for trout-water fishing.
  • Quiet hours are between 10 pm and 6 am.
  • Check-in and out at the front office for campsites and cabins. The maximum stay per park is 14 days in any 30-day period.
  • Douthat has a lodge and cabins available for rent; have a family or friend reunion weekend!

Insider's Tips

  • Before jumping on I-64 W, pick up healthy snacks and drinks at Cool Springs Organic Market. Or sit down to a locally sourced lunch at Kind Roots Cafe located in the Rockbridge YMCA.