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Douthat State Park ~ a new video

(updated: Aug 8, 2010)

This is the second time I've camped here with the family. I used to go to Tsali each year but started going to Douthat instead because it's on the way to PA. We camped for three days and I rode just about every trail in the park. I must say these trails are awesome. They are so awesome, that the video I put together is 13 minutes long, the longest mountain bike video I've ever made. The downhills are so long, one is over four miles long, that it ended up being a long video. In fact, I have continuous footage of the four mile downhill. Any shorter and the video would not have done the place justice to it's awesomeness. I certainly try, but you're going to have go here and experience the awesomeness yourself.

I have a shirt that reads "Douthat, it ain't flat". Certainly not. I get going at a pretty good clip on these trails. But they're narrow. Very narrow. You can really see how steep the side slopes are in the video. And there are dozens and dozens of switchbacks. One trail called Beard's Gap is a mile long and has about 20. Nice and steep. A great climb. And the other great thing is you get a great return on your climbing investment, so to speak, with the awesome and long downhills.

The facilities are great here as well…the campsites, lake, beach, activities for kids. The campsites are right next to the trails. Wake up, eat breakfast, hop on the trail and start riding. And the trails are not crowded at all. In fact, they're pretty empty. I only ran into a few riders the entire time. So it's a good thing I stayed safe, only a few mistakes which I put in the video.

So I rode all over the mountains for days and I didn't see one bear. Maybe I was going too fast. But then Leslie goes on a road ride and sees a bear running alongside the road, go figure.

While the upper trails offer the best scenery and descents, some of the lower trails are a lot of fun too with some jumps, berms, and log rides. We lucked out with the weather too - 80's in the day, 60 at night, low humidity and no rain. Trails were perfect. You can't beat this place.


And now the video... Note it's in HD format which may play choppily if you have a slower computer. In this case click the HD button to turn HD off. However I recommend HD on and you also have the ability to click through to Vimeo and download it as well.

Douthat State Park from Sir Bikes on Vimeo.

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Video camera stills:

View from Tuscarora Overlook.

View from Mountain Side trail.

Paddle boating and kayaking on the lake.

View of George Washington National Forest.

The awesome rock waterfall on Blue Suck Falls trail, my fave....see the video.

Narrow trails with steep side slopes.

A wide switchback with rock bench.

I'm flyin'

I think this is Brushy Hollow trail, the climbing part.

The trails are well marked.

Mountain Side trail.

The creek by the campsite.

Filed Under: Ride Reports > Virginia > Clifton Forge


1. Dave said...

Seriously cool! I'll have to take me clan there next spring. I wish I could get my video as smooth as yours. Excellent Vid. I'll ride in the morning.

Aug 9, 2010 @ 3:36 PM

2. peter said...

dat shit is dank yo!

Aug 10, 2010 @ 7:08 PM

3. mark said...

Nice video, and some great riding by you. That rock waterfall area looked pretty sick.

Aug 16, 2010 @ 12:43 PM

4. Erik said...

Great video - the end was funny - poor fella. I'm probably going to be hiking at section of the AT just east of there on 3 Ridges and Crabtree Falls. May have to bring my bike and head west before coming home. Do you have a recommended trail (If I could only do one)?

Aug 18, 2010 @ 8:08 AM

5. Aust said...

"Douthat it ain't flat!"

Just got back from Douthat and it rocked me.

Aug 22, 2010 @ 12:15 PM

6. tom said...

I rode Douthat in June...just found it while checking out trails online that were close to the Virginia Horse Park (my wife rides 3 Day Eventing) and it Rocks! Unfortunately only had half a day so could only ride Stony Run to Tuscarora Overlook and back. Tough ascent...but the payoff was incredible. Tons of switchbacks and narrow trail plus some rain made it a little sketchy, but a blast! Will go back here with more time.

Aug 24, 2010 @ 12:37 PM

7. Michael said...

Looks like an awesome place to ride and take the family. The trees look they are waiting alongside the trail ready to snatch your handlebars away from you at any moment! Must put on the "places to go" list. Great video Erol.

Aug 24, 2010 @ 8:39 PM


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