The Best Hiking Trails at Douthat State Park
Don't forget the camera when hiking at Douthat State Park – you won't want to miss the picture-postcard photo opportunities. The trails run throughout the park and cater to all levels of explorers. Book Douthat State Park cabins to make the most of a visit here, and join in with the guided hikes and wildlife programs.
Brushy Hollow Trail
Marked as difficult in the official state park trail guide, this 3.72-mile hike offers some challenging terrain. Explore the southern area of the park near the boundaries, and don't miss the scenic overlook.
Wilson Creek Trail
At 1.51 miles long, this route is ideal for visitors seeking a moderate hike. It's conveniently located by several parking spots, an information station, and one of the state park's campgrounds.
Flat Run Trail
When you're visiting Douthat State Park, you'll find many trails, like this one, are open to mountain bikers and hikers. This easy 2.52-mile route runs by Douthat State Park Road and several parking spots, and you can head south from here to Whispering Pines Campground.
The Best Family Activities at Douthat State Park
Visiting Douthat State Park is year-round fun for the whole family. There is always something going on, from guided hikes and education programs to casual recreation, hiking, and fishing. Several picnic areas, the amphitheater, and the restaurant are all wheelchair accessible, ensuring everyone can enjoy what the state park has to offer.
Family Meals at Lakeview Restaurant
Have a family gathering at this ideally located restaurant offering great views of the lake. It's open at select times throughout the year. If you're staying in the Douthat State Park cabins or camping at the park, you can pick up some essential convenience items at the camp store or the seasonal snack bar on the beach.
Nature and History Programs
The whole family can take part in activities seven days a week during the popular summer months, and on weekends in April, May, and October. Take part in craft workshops, canoe tours, campfire cooking, and games, or find out more about the local wildlife through fun activities such as hunting for underwater creatures in the creek.
Cool off between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day with some swimming at the park's lifeguarded beach area. A fee is charged for swimming, and free Wi-Fi is available by the bathhouse.
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