“This loop highlights some of the best trails in Douthat State Park, making for a scenic outing.
— Roanoke Outside
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 Alleghany Highlands, Douthat features some of Virginia’s most outstanding scenery and trails.
If you plan to stay overnight, there are several campsite options as well as cabins built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Beards Mountain Loop is a loop route that takes you from the lake to the ridgeline and back. The full loop utilizes the following trails: Beard's Gap Trail
, Mountain Top Trail
, Mountain Side Trail
, Buck Hollow Trail
, and Wilson Creek Trail
When you're done with your run take a cool dip in the lake, relax on the sandy beach, and grab a bite to eat at the restaurant.