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Nestled among spectacular mountain scenery and boasting a long list of amenities and attractions, Douthat State Park might just be heaven on Earth for RV campers. Located in the Allegheny Mountains, around an hour-and-a-half west of Charlottesville, this beautiful park was opened way back in 1936 as one of the first state parks in Virginia.
It offers 40 miles of hiking trails, excellent trout fishing, a sandy swimming beach, kids' playgrounds and a whole lot more. Even better, it offers four scenic campgrounds with a combined total of 87 sites. RVs are more than welcome, so search for an RV in Bath County and start planning your Douthat State Park camping getaway.
Once you've set up camp in Douthat State Park, you'll no doubt be itching to immerse yourself in the park's beautiful natural surrounds. The easiest way to do that is to set out and explore as much of the 43-mile trail network as you can handle.
If you're looking for something easy, the 0.28-mile Buck Lick Trail near Douthat Lake offers a quick introduction to the park's wooded terrain. For those hikers seeking something a little more strenuous, the three-mile trail to Blue Suck Falls will not only help you work up a sweat but also lead you to a beautiful and secluded waterfall.
Once you've worked up a sweat exploring on foot, you might want to take a swim to cool off. The good news is that Douthat State Park has a lovely sandy swimming beach on Douthat Lake where you can do exactly that. Guarded beach swimming is available here from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, but please note that a fee applies.
Another popular pastime for campers in Douthat State Park is fishing. Douthat Lake covers some 50 acres and its waters are stocked twice a week with rainbow, brown, and brook trout during peak periods. Largemouth bass, sunfish, and several other species can also be caught, and there are fishing piers at the lake's northwestern and southeastern ends. Boat rentals are also available, and there's a boat ramp located near the Lakeside Campground.
If you want to camp with an RV at Douthat State Park, you're spoiled for choice with four campgrounds:
When you've finished tour Douthat State Park RV camping adventure and you're ready to hit the road once again, you might have trouble deciding on your next stop. There are plenty of must-see attractions and must-do activities within easy reach, so take some time to plan your route carefully.
Watoga State Park, which sits on the banks of the Greenbrier River and is the largest state park in West Virginia, is just a short drive to the northwest. George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, which cover some 1.8 million acres of terrain in the Appalachian Mountains, lie just to the north.
If you'd rather head for a major center, you could be exploring Mill Mountain Zoo or the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke in a little over an hour.
Whichever direction you steer your RV, you won't have to travel far before finding something worth seeing, doing, or experiencing. So find an RV rental near Douthat State Park, pack your bags, and head out to explore Virginia's great outdoors.