The Blue Suck Falls Trail is an 8-mile moderate to difficult multi-use trail that connects several of the trails in the northwest region of the park to the trailhead near the visitor center at Douthat State Park.
The falls and trail get their unusual name from the Appalachian term for a whirlpool or a “suck,” which may be found at the base of the falls. At higher elevations, the trail traverses the ridge top, often along a narrow path, and connects to the George Washington National Forest trail network. The trail features several east facing overlooks of the Alleghenies such as Lookout Rock. A highlight of the trail are views of Blue Suck Falls. This rocky trail is steeper and more difficult at lower elevations.
Douthat State Park is one of Virginia’s jewels. Voted as one of the nation’s 10 best, the park has over 43 miles of trails. With Blue Suck Falls, Tuscarora Overlook, and the Beards Mountain loops, the park has two beautiful day hike circuits.
Douthat State Park offers camping options as well as cabin rentals. The cabins were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. There is a sandy beach for swimming, boat rentals, fishing, and incredible mountain biking and hiking trails.
From Roanoke – Take I-81 N to Exit 150B (US 220). Follow 220 for about 30 minutes. After passing through the town of Iron Gate, take the first exit to the right (Covington). This road will continue under I-64 and becomes Rt. 629. Park entrance is 4 miles farther on Rt. 629.
Bacova Beer Company is a small, family run brewery in Bath County. The brewery operates a 5 barrel brewhouse with the purpose of creating small-batch, wonderfully flavorful beers. The brewery is open Monday and Thursday through Sunday.
The brewery has a rotation of beers on tap, but does not offer food. There are take-out menus for nearby restaurants that you can bring in and eat.
Douthat State Park was named one of the nation’s 10 best by Outside Family Vacation Guide. It is one of the original six Virginia State Parks. Nestled in Virginia’s Western Highlands, Douthat features some of Virginia’s most outstanding scenery.
Some people refer to it as the Disneyland of mountain biking. There are more than 43 miles of wooded hiking trails and mountain biking trails to choose from, ranging from easy to difficult. Many park trails climb up the side of the surrounding mountains for several miles and reward mountain bikers with grand views and long flowing descents.
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