Clifton Forge, VA
Douthat State Park (pronounced "doubt-that") is a gem in the Appalachian Mountains of south central Virginia. The park encompasses more than 4,500 acres and, in addition, is surrounded by the George Washington National Forest, offering many opportunities for backcountry exploration. Within the park boundaries, you will find over 40 miles of trails to match whatever level of challenge you choose.
Beginning with Douthat’s creation in 1936, many of the trails and park infrastructure were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps and still bear the CCC's signature handywork. Miles of well-executed bench cut trails leading from cabins to vistas are the trademark of a ride in the park.
Late Spring through Fall. Leaf peeper season makes for stunning vistas.
The highlight of any ride is the climb up to the Tuscarora Overlook cabin, where one can look back on the 1,500 feet of elevation gained climbing out of the park valley. Other must-do trails include Middle Mountain, Brushy Hollow and Beard’s Gap.
From Interstate 64, take exit 27. Follow Rt 629 north until you enter the park.
Roanoke (VA) Chapter of IMBA
Photos by Ricky Deleyos