Douthat State Park — which is up in Alleghany County but close enough that lots of folks in Botetourt might be interested — shares this news:
All of Douthat State Park’s trails have reopened on Tuesday, Aug. 7 from the June 29 storm damage and power outage
Douthat State Park has over 40 miles of hiking and biking trails and six miles of equestrian trails.
Douthat State Park staff, and crews from across Virginia, have been working tirelessly to clean up the park as quickly as possible. Seven state parks across Virginia sent crews to help with the clean up at Douthat: New River Trail, Staunton River, Westmoreland, First Landing, Kiptopeke, York River, and Lake Anna. Some of the parks provided saw crews, dump trucks and chippers. Pocahontas State Park was able to provide a chipper.
The park had no structural damage or injuries during the storm. There were a lot of trees down and uprooted. Safety has been the number one priority for the park to provide a safe and enjoyable experience to park guests.
“Douthat crew really pulled together,” said Douthat Park Manager Charlie Conner. “It’s impressive to see lifeguards, restaurant staff, concessions and office staff come out and help clean up.”
The staff worked to clean up heavy usage areas first and then started to disperse their efforts further out into the park.
For general park information go to www.virginiastateparks.gov, contact the park office at 540-862-8100 or e-mail Douthat State Park at Douthat@dcr.virginia.gov. Douthat is located at 14239 Douthat State Park Road, Millboro, Va. 24460.
Overnight reservations can also be made by calling 1-800-933-PARK (7275) or by booking on line.