Douthat State Park trails - TRAIL

Douthat State Park trails - Trail, Clifton Forge, Virginia

Various Trails open to bikers. All skill levels can find awesome trails here!

User Reviews (42)

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jhkvt   Weekend Warrior [Nov 08, 2011]

Spent weekend riding, generally followed the clockwise race loop each day with a few options mixed in. LONG climbs, beautiful views. Nothing too technical except for lower Blue Suck Falls which is big sharp stone stair style trail - hikeabike uphill, but upper BSF is ridable up. Trails closer to the valley bottom have up and down, trails on outer periphery are either all up or all down. Huff is fun with little launchers.

Customer Service

Generally follow the race course which they will give you at the Info Center.

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3
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5
cuseman   Cross Country Rider [Jul 02, 2010]

So I like to think I have ridden some great trails including Durango, Telluride, BC, Alberta, the Smokies, Vermont, Moab, etc. As someone who lives in DC and hasn't really explored too much south into the GW National Forest, I was blown away by the quality of MTB riding. I just spent 3 days at Douthat and I am in love with this place. This place is not like the Frederick Watershed in that it does not have super technical riding, there are not lots of rock gardens or logs. What it does have are incredibly well-built trails that you can totally rip on. Fast, smooth, tight singletrack with tons of climbing (we climbed 5000 feet in one day), ridge trails, really well-marked trails that are all interconnected. The riding is very versatile, lots of different terrain and there's even backcountry if you want it. This is by far my new favorite place to ride and this is what i'd call real mountain biking, as in actual mountains. Stay in a cabin, bring your own food, and bring a suit to swim in the lake.

Customer Service

whatever you do, ride the bushy hollow downhill, it's like you died and went to heaven.

Similar Products Used: Southern Traverse....one of IMBA's epic rides
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5
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4
rocketrick   Cross Country Rider [May 19, 2009]

Just a reminder, please go CLOCKWISE ! The race goes clockwise for a good reason. It`s faster, funner, safer, and it flows better. As a volunteer I know every pebble. See reviews 9-29-02, 10-3-02, 10-21-03. many of these trails are narrow, one person wide. Let`s all go clockwise so we don`t ... well, you know. Trust me, your time is best spent clockwise. thanks for reading, see you at the cabin on Tusc.

Customer Service

See 9-29-02 , 10-3-02, 10-21-03

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5
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3
MOTO BILLY   Weekend Warrior [Feb 12, 2009]

!!!!!!!!! ATTENTION PEOPLE WHO RIDE AT DOUTHAT STATE PARK OR FAVORITE TRAILS ARE BEING BULLDOZED TO MAKE ROOM FOR HORSES THEY HAVE TRIED TO KEEP IT ON THE DOWN LO BUT I RODE THERE FEB 11th AND FOUND MOST OF THE LOWER TRAILS !!!!! 4 FEET WIDE WITH MOST ALL OF THE ROCKS AND ROOTS REMOVED I RAN INTO THE PERSON IN CHARGE OF DESIGNING THE TRAILS AND IT WAS HE THAT TOLD ME IT WAS FOR HORSES IF ANYONE KNOWS TO WHAT EXTENT THEY HAVE RUINED OUR TRAILS PLEASE POST IT HERE THANKS FOR READING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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3
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3
krayg   Cross Country Rider [Oct 08, 2008]

This is what I expected mountain biking to be like when I started riding. Lots of great LONG single track climbing and fast descents. I generally ride at Fountainhead (VA), Schaeffer (MD), Elizabeth Furnace (VA) and Gambril (MD). I have to say that I prefer Douthat to all those. I wasn't able to find anything as technical as Gambril but the Blue Suck Falls at Douthat was pretty close right near the falls. It's fairly similar to EF but no fire roads.

After riding several local very hilly/rocky trails I thought I was ready for anything. I guess 4+ miles of switchbacks with no reprieve will truly test your fitness level.

Customer Service

Stony Run Trail to Middle Mountain to Salt Stump Trail.

The climb on Stony Run will truly test anyone's fitness level. It is long but ridable and there is definitely a pay off. The descents off Salt Stump Trail and Pine Tree are ever so pleasing.

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5
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5
vilondon   Cross Country Rider [Sep 16, 2008]

This place is beautiful. We weren't expecting to get our asses handed to us like we did though. We ride the toughest trails in our area and Stony Run is no joke. We made it, but are going to get into better shape and kick its ass next time. Bring your climbing lungs!!!! There are easier trails here though, and so much fun. You find out what you are made of on these trails!!!

Customer Service

Stony Run

Similar Products Used: no idea, are going to hit up Charlottesville though
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5
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5
ieyasu3   Cross Country Rider [Apr 07, 2008]

Love this place. My wife and I celebrated our 3rd anniversary last Oct. Rented a cabin. Bonus is that they allow dogs in the cabin (we have a 12 yr. old female German Shepherd). Not many parks allow dogs.

As to the trails, the big climbs followed by ridge riding and then big downhills are what characterize this place. The lower lying trails on the west side of the park road are also good for beginner to intermediate riders.

Customer Service

Several recommendations:

1. Stony run falls is a fantastic climb with spectacular views. While it's an endurance challenge, it's entirely rideable so no frustrating hike-a-bike sections. I actually prefer to take the trail all the way to the top of the ridge. Take a right on the blue-blazed Middle Mountain ridge trail. From here you have a couple of options. The salty stump trail is a classic bench cut descent. Steep in sections but not too technical. Gives you access to the lower lying trails which you can take to get back to the Stony Run Falls trail head.

Another descent option is to stay on the blue-blazed Middle Mountain trail. Very fun, fast non-technical descent for the most part. Toward the end, there are very steep switchbacks. Don't be surprise if you have to get off the bike here. Eventually dumps you out on to the Smith Creek Rd. If you take a right on Smith Creek (and stay on Smith Creek) you'll get back to Douthat State Park rd. Probably about a 20 min road ride back to the park.

Similar Products Used: Carvin's Cove (but closed as of Mar. 2008 b/c of fire)
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4
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4
doubleB   Cross Country Rider [Feb 03, 2008]

The trails here are known to the region's riders as "mountain bike Disneyland", this is not by accident. I always look forward to trips out here to ride. The scenery is magnificent, especially in early Spring as the green velvet creeps up to the top of the mountain ranges.

Incredible trails with climbs that feel as if your bike is being pulled along by an invisible force - you'll look down and find you are in a gear twice as high as normal. Downhills are a rush.

Customer Service

Follow the race course route - you won't be disappointed.

Similar Products Used: Mountain Lake Conservancy Trail System
www.MtnLakeConservancy.org
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5
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4
Big Al   Cross Country Rider [Dec 29, 2007]

The opening trail description can be misleading. There are trails here for all skill levels, but you better be able to pedal up hill for considerable distances to really enjpy your rides here.
generally the trails are in excellent shape. They are a combination of soil and shale pieces that hold up well to the elements. The trails also dry out quickly.Be prepared for extended climbs to get to the top of the mountains,for downhillers there is no way to shuttle to the top, You have to earn your reward the honest way.

Customer Service

The park office offers maps that show a general degree of difficulty, with milage and blaze type. They are relatively accurate. On this ride we travelled up the asphalt road to the highest point of access at Guest Lodge Trail. Follow this to the start of Mountain Top Trail, continue out Mountain Top to the great down hill on Brushy Hollow Trail.If you have time you can make a huge loop around the outer perimeter of the park.This requires 2 strong uphill climbs and 2 great downhills.







Similar Products Used: If you can try to ride everything at Douthat while you are there.
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4
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5
greg767   Weekend Warrior [Jun 08, 2007]

The website for Douthat (doubt-that) state park states there are over 40 miles of trails in this park. I rode less than half of that in the two days that I was in this area. Check in with the park ranger station to get a pretty good map of the trails. The trails are all well marked with color coded banners on trees. The woods are so dense that you have no choice but to stay on the trails and believe me, you wouldn't want to attempt anything outside of them. Day one, I rode the Stony Run Falls route (4.5 miles up) then on to the Tuscarora Overlook trail. I took the Blue Suck Falls trail back down to the ranger station. The climb was overwhelming to my Florida legs and I ended up walking many lengths of the steepest climbs. Day two, I took the Buck Hollow trail to the opposing side summit and rode down on the Brushy Hollow trail to the main road. Both of these routes are summarized by brutal climbs and excellent long, fast downhill runs that will leave your hands cramping from brake use. The other reviews may be a little out of date but are still accurate. These trails are tight singletrack and in places are somewhat overgrown. Overall, this was an incredible place to ride with a fantastic view for those who are able to make it to the top.

Customer Service

Stony Run Falls to Blue Suck Falls for the descent on the west side. Take Buck Hollow trail up on the eastern side of the park and run down the Beards Gap trail to the ranger station.

Similar Products Used: None, there wasn't enough time to check out the rest of the local area.
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5
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5
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