To camp at Douthat State Park you must have with you either your reservation number(s) or confirmation letter at check-in. If you've arranged for someone else to check in for you, make sure that person has your reservation number as the number is needed to enter the cabin. All cabins are pet-friendly; there is a fee per pet per night. Camping and cabin guests should be prepared to show a valid ID if requested. Check-in is 4 p.m. and checkout is 10 a.m.
Douthat is known for delightful, inviting campsites and makes great camping near Richmond. Some offer a splendid view of Douthat Lake. Camping is available year-round in Whispering Pines campground. (Note: Water is unavailable at individual campsites from November through March because of freezing weather. As hot water is still available in the bathhouse, camping fees are not reduced.) The campgrounds are pet-friendly. Generators may not be used in any campgrounds.
Please note that the cancellation fee for Douthat Main Lodge, Creasey Lodge and Beard's Mountain Lodge is higher than it is for cabins.
Douthat Lodge (atop mountain): Six-bedroom, rents Saturday - Saturday
This log lodge overlooks the park. It was built by the CCC. It sleeps 13 and allows 15. There are six bedrooms: one queen bed, one queen bed, one queen bed, four twin beds, two twin beds and one twin bed. It has a fireplace, two bathrooms, a washer and a dryer.
Creasey Lodge (behind park's main office). Five-bedroom. Weekly rentals start on Friday when a week-long stay is required. Fully universally accessible.
This one story wood-frame lodge is next to the park office. It accommodates up to 18 guests. There are five bedrooms: one queen bed, two sets of bunk beds, two sets of bunk beds, two sets of bunk beds, two sets of bunk beds. It has a fireplace and three bathrooms.
Beards Mountain Lodge: Six-bedroom, maximum occupancy is 16. Weekly rentals start on Sunday when a week-long stay is required.
This frame-built facility is midway up the mountain and is universally accessible. It accommodates up to 16 guests. There are three bathrooms and six-bedrooms; queen, queen, two twins, two twins, two bunk beds, two bunk beds.
Camps are not crowded, nice swim lake good trails for hiking. Beware of possible bears and properly hang or store food and keep food prep items cleaned. You will see animals in this area.
Great shaded camp sites. Bathrooms were very clean. Individual showers with outside door access. The hiking in the park provided great trails with wonderful views. Rangers and camp hosts were very friendly. I would definitely go back. Falling Spring Falls and Humpback Bridge were a short drive away.
Douthat (Doubt-that) State Park is a campers dream! Level sites with or with out hook ups, well spaced apart, fairly private, and in the middle of a pretty good forest!
Kid and pet friendly, this park has a nice lake for Kayaking/canoeing, multiple hiking trails with views, excellent opportunities for wildlife watching, and great biking trails.
It is off the beaten path so it appears to be less visited than other Virginia State Parks.
It’s a really nice campground. Has a large lake for fishing and swimming. Only downside would be that it’s hard to find a really level spot on your site. I got lucky but the sites around me not so much.
Stayed here for two nights in the middle of the week in the summer of 2019. I stayed in one of the lakeside sites.
Generally this is a nice campground…not too big and pretty quiet. I met more people in this campground than all of the others combined, a nice group of folks.
Downsides are that it is pretty pricey ($40?) and the sites by the lake are not especially private, actually the area is pretty much wide open.
The lake is nice, and there is nice hiking along the shore.
If you are fishing make sure you have a license.
Small beach head but is clean easily handycap accessible, park is cover a large area which can be hiked or driven, narrow country roads.had a fantastic time
A favorite of our for years! All types of sites and hookups plus cabins. Fishing, lake swimming, hiking, educational opportunities galore. Security is good but not overwhelming. Virginia is for lovers and camping lovers!
Douthat is amazing! There are three camping loops here but we love to stay in the white oak loop which is secluded and the majority of the sites have the creek on the back side of your site. My children love to go down in the creek and skip rocks, play in the water, and catch crawfish. they have a huge lake with a nice beach with lifeguards. You are also allowed to rent boats that go out on the lake. The damn to the lake has beautiful falls that take you to a small pond area where they stock it with fish for kids that are 12 and under. There are a ton of trails! We did one that took us to a scenic overlook of the lake and damn and another that took us to a waterfall. I also loved that we didn’t have cell reception in the white oak loop which meant I could completely leave work at home and enjoy the time with my family!
Great hiking and fishing. Lots of trails, with waterfalls and beautiful overlooks. Nice elevation changes. Decent topi map at front desk, but not good info in the take away maps. Only 1 Park Ranger (supervisor) had any personal knowledge about the extensive trails. No cell service, so no help there. Definitely going back for more hiking.
Kids fishing area and lots of creek access plenty of boats and the like, for rent
We went before the lake was officially open. The beach was covered in bees and there was garbage in the water.
Only 1 loop, Lakeside, that’s truly set up for tent campers. All other looos were geared toward motorized campers :(