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Douthat State Park

by Elizabeth Stapleton

Douthat State Park is located in Millboro, Virginia. In 2011 and 2012 I was an AmeriCorps State Park Interpreter and the Virginia State Parks held their interpretive training at Douthat State Park. At this training all interpretive employees learn how to create the excellent programs that make Virginia State Parks the best in the country!

I have many fond memories of taking hikes at Douthat State Park. The first year I visited the park, I went with a group on a night hike around the lake. It was absolutely gorgeous. I listened to the simple cadence of nature and remember seeing a frog croaking as it was gently perched on a tree branch. 

I have never seen the stars as bright as I have at Douthat State Park. At night, the sky is illuminated by nature and outer space, not by electricity.

Douthat State Park can boast a beautiful lake, mountains, history, wildlife, and the fact that it was one of the first 6 Virginia State Parks built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and opened in 1936.

There is a beautiful restaurant with an amazing view of the lake! The food is great too!

The cabins are gorgeous and rustic. 

The scenery and natural wonders are outstanding!


Hikes are the best when you are with other AmeriCorps outdoor enthusiasts!

Without a doubt, some of my best experiences in the Virginia State Parks reside in the two summers I spent as an AmeriCorps interpreter. I learned a lot, grew professionally and personally, and made lifelong friends along the way. I will forever be thankful for AmeriCorps, the program that created a lifelong love affair for me with the Virginia State Parks.


Published: 08/13/2013


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