Douthat State Park
Millboro, VA

Park Size: 4,493 acres. Lake: 50 acres.

HISTORY:
Douthat was one of six state parks planned by the Commonwealth in the early 1930s. The initial 1,920 acres of the present-day park was donated by the Douthat Land Company, a consortium of Virginia businessmen. The rest of the land was purchased with a portion of the $50,000 in funds allocated by the General Assembly in 1933 for park land acquisition. The establishment of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) as part of the emergency Conservation Works by President Roosevelt in 1933 provided the means for development of the parks. An estimated 600 men lived and worked at the three camps responsible for building Douthat's facilities. Between 1933 and 1942, these men cleared trails, built a dam and spillway, cabins, a restaurant, an information center, superintendent's residence, swimming beach, picnic areas and maintenance building, hinges, as well as hand-wrought iron hardware, light fixtures and door and shutter latches. The built and natural features of the park have remained virtually unchanged since construction. In 1986, the 50th anniversary of Douthat State Park and the Virginia State Park System, Douthat was recognized as a Nationally Registered Historic District. In 1998, Douthat won the Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association award for best operated and maintained dam for its Douthat Lake Dam. In 1999, Douthat received the Centennial Medallion from the American Society of Landscape Architects.

The Outside Family Vacation Guide named Virginia’s Douthat State Park one of the nation's 10 best.

THINGS TO DO:
Nestled in the Allegheny Mountains and features some of Virginia’s most outstanding scenery. In addition, a 50-acre lake offers swimming, boating and seasonal trout fishing. A visitor center and gift shop is available. Offerings include guided hikes, canoe tours, children's programs, crafts, lectures and much more.

The beach area, complete with the bathhouse and concession stand, is open from Saturday of Memorial Day through Labor Day from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays, and from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Swimming isn't permitted without a lifeguard on duty.

There are more than 40 miles of wooded hiking trails to choose from throughout the year, ranging from easy to difficult.  An equestrian campground has been built.

Educational outreach program: During the school year, park staff members host environmental education programs in the park. They also visit schools in the six counties surrounding the park. Call (540) 862-8114 if you'd like to schedule such a school visit. Outreach opportunities are also available to scout groups, 4-H groups, civic organizations, church groups, senior groups and others.

Douthat Lakeview Restaurant, an original CCC facility, is a full-service restaurant that overlooks the lake and has recently been renovated. It features a glass enclosed porch overlooking the lake, and central heat and air.

 


CONTACT INFO:
Douthat State Park
14239 Douthat State Park Road
Millboro, VA 24460
Phone: (540) 862-8100
douthat@dcr.virginia.gov

LOCATION: From I-64, take Exit 27 near Clifton Forge. Turn North onto State Route 629 (highway at exit ramp). Travel north three miles to the park entrance sign and another two miles to the park office.

Learn more about park offerings by calling 1-800-933-PARK or email resvs@dcr.virginia.gov.

Visit at: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/dou.shtml