Douthat State Park
Douthat State Park Road
Millboro, VA 24460
Phone: (540) 862-8100
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 guest lodge, a
restaurant, an information center, superintendent's residence,
swimming beach, picnic areas and maintenance buildings. The
structures are embellished with hand-carved wooden doorknobs and
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.
GENERAL INFO: Editors of the 1999
Outside Family Vacation Guide, a summer planner, named
Virginia�s Douthat State Park one of the nation's 10 best. The
park, which straddles Bath and Alleghany counties, is on the
National Register of Historic Places. Douthat is one of the
original six Virginia State Parks that opened June 15, 1936. It's
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.
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.
Drive Time :
Northern Virginia, four hours; Tidewater/Norfolk/Virginia Beach,
five hours; Richmond, three hours; Roanoke, one hour
PICNIC SHELTERS: Douthat has three
picnic areas with shelters, grills and restroom facilities. All
picnic areas available on a first-come, first-served basis with
the exception of the shelters, which must be reserved by calling
the Reservation Center at 1-800-933-PARK.
Official Website: Douthat
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