DOUGHTON PARK
mileposts 238.5 - 244.7
This 7,000-acre park has picnic areas (milepost 241), a campground (milepost 239), trailer sites, comfort stations and drinking water. The park has 30 miles of trail over bluegrass bluffs.

Doughton Park is a landscape of open meadows and pioneer cabins, a place to view wildlife and get a feel for the lives of those who lived here long ago. Originally known as the Bluffs, this area came by its present name in honor of Congressman Robert L. Doughton, a long-time advocate and supporter of the Parkway. Doughton Park is one of the best places along the motor road to view white-tailed deer, raccoons, red and grey foxes, and bobcats, as well as spectacular shows of flame azalea and rhododendron in the late spring.

THINGS TO DO:
  • Interpretive programs - Ranger led nature walks and talks are given in the summer season.
  • Trails - Trails in the Doughton Park area include the Cedar Ridge Trail, a strenuous 4.2 mile hike, and the Bluff Mountain Trail, a moderate 7.5 mile hike, both accessible from the Brinegar Cabin parking overlook (milepost 238.5). The short Fodder Stack Trail (milepost 240.6) showcases the varied plant life of the area, while the Bluff Ridge Trail, Grassy Gap Fire Road, and Flat Rock Ridge Trail are all moderate to strenuous trails that provide the hiker with beautiful views and abundant wildlife.
  • Brinegar Cabin - The Brinegar Cabin dates from about 1885 and was the home of Martin Brinegar and his family. Brinegar was a cobbler as well as a farmer. His home is open on summer weekend afternoons. Hand-loom weaving and other craft demonstrations are often given during the summer months.
  • Caudill Family Homestead - The one-room Caudill Cabin exhibit can be viewed from the scenic Wildcat Rocks (milepost 240.6).
  • Northwest Trading Post - Located south of Doughton Park at milepost 258 near Glendale Springs, this craft store sells representative handicrafts of the Appalachian Mountain culture.
  • Fishing - Basin Cove Creek complex (mileposts 238 - 244) has Rainbow and Brook Trout where the streams are stocked. Anyone with a valid Virginia or North Carolina fishing license is welcome, but please check with the visitor center for any special regulations.
 

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