Our time in this incredible park brought out the kid in all of us. Growing up, I had a huge fascination with creeks. Take me to a creek, and I could spend hours playing in the clear flowing water as it meandered over smooth rocks that sparkled in the warm rays of sunshine. And that is just what we did at Douthat State Park.
This was a truly magical camping trip. I had heard wonderful things about this park and we were anxious to try it out. Tucked away in the Allegheny Mountains, Douthat is the second largest of the Virginia State Parks. And it is beautiful. The view from the lake beach, which is set back in a cove with a mountainous backdrop, is simply breathtaking. The swimming area offers clear water and a diving platform. However, while we were there the black flies were persistent in preventing us from any relaxing shore time.
But to us, that was okay. Because we gladly spent most of our time in the amazing creek that ran through our campground. The kids enjoyed crawdad hunting with new friends, building a rock chute with Dad, and exploring up and down the ankle to knee-deep creek. Douthat has four campgrounds, and while Whispering Pines is the furthest from everything else in the park, it was by far our favorite. At the time of our visit, Lakeside did not offer electric or water hookups, but that campground does now. Those sites are a bit smaller and less private but boast a great view of the lake.
When we weren’t hanging out in the creek, we were hanging out in hammocks at the campsite. We did take one four-mile hike with a nice overlook, but this trip was more about time together surrounded by peaceful nature. We soaked up fresh air, warm sunshine, beautiful scenery, and cool creek water. A time of refreshment on all accounts.