Douthat State Park - Blue Suck Falls 

Douthat State Park is one of Virginia's jewels. Voted as one of the nations 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.


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Author: roanokeoutside3
Date: 14 Jul 2009 12:00:00 PM
Source: Trimble Outdoors on my Verizon phone
Activity: Hiking
State: Virginia (VA)
Distance: Total: 8.8 mi
Active: 0 mi
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Difficulty: 7 / 10
Tags: Camping, Day Hikes, Douthat, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Roanoke, State Park, Virginia
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

Douthat State Park is one of Virginia's jewels. Voted as one of the nations 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 CCC. There is a sandy beach for swimming, boat rentals, fishing, and incredible mountain biking and hiking trails.

Visit the official Douthat State Park website and/or Click here for a complete map of park trails.


Trail Description:
From the parking area cross Wilson Creek on a paved road, then shortly pass the Beards Gap Hollow Trail that will be the return route. Continue up the paved road and in 100 yards enter the main section of Campground C. Turn left uphill on the yellow blazed Tobacco Ridge Trail and in 0.5 miles reach the highpoint of the trail and a overlook of Douthat Lake. Continue along Tobacco Ridge Trail for another 0.5 miles as it descend to the intersection of the blue blazed Blue Suck Falls Trail.

Turn left uphill on the blue blazed trail immediately crossing a stream and in 200 yards pass the yellow blazed Huffs Trail on the right. 0.2 miles from the Huffs Trail intersection reach the intersection of the Laurel View Trail on the right. Stay left remaining on the blue blazed Blue Suck Falls Trail and in 0.3 miles pass the yellow blazed Locust Gap Trail that comes in from the left. Remain straight on the blue blazed trail is it becomes steeper and rockier for the next 0.2 miles before arriving at Blue Suck Falls.

From the falls, the trail turns right and passes the Blue Suck Falls connecter trail that descends steeply on the right in 120 yards. In another 100 yards pass an overlook where the trail makes a turn back uphill to the left. 0.1 miles further the blue blazed Blue Suck Falls Trail turns left as the yellow blazed Pine Tree Trail continues straight.

Turn left remaining on the blue blazed trail as it switchbacks steeply up Middle Mountain passing several beautiful overlooks before reaching Overlook Rock, and vista of the valley and Lake Douthat.

Continue uphill on the Blue Suck Falls Trail as it switchbacks four more times before arriving at the yellow blazed Tuscarora Overlook Trail in 0.9 miles. Turn left downhill on the yellow blazed trail passing the intersection of the Tuscarora Overlook Trail continuation in 0.3 miles, and reaching a small cabin at the Tuscarora Overlook in another 0.1 miles.

From Tuscarora Overlook, return back to the last intersection and turn left on the yellow blazed continuation of the Tuscarora Overlook Trail. In 0.4 miles the yellow blazed trail ends at the orange blazed Stony Run Trail.

Turn left downhill on the orange blazed trail as it makes eight sharp switchbacks before passing through a thick area of rhododendron and crossing Stony Run in 2.1 miles.

Continue downward on the Stony Run Trail for 0.7 miles re crossing Stony Run and then arriving at the intersection of the yellow blazed Locust Gap Trail. Turn left slightly uphill on the yellow blazed trail as it winds around the valley before arriving at the silver blazed Beards Gap Hollow Trail in 0.8 miles.

The yellow blazed Locust Gap Trail turns left uphill, and the silver blazed Beards Gap Hollow Trail turns right downhill. Turn right downhill on the Beards Gap Hollow Trail for 0.9 miles where it veers right onto a gravel road. In 200 yards after joining the gravel road pass a closed gate and arrive back at the paved road for Campground C. Stay right re crossing Wilson Creek back to the parking area.

Position Format: Datum:

Points of Interest

Falls

Location: 37.904326, -79.820395

Parking

Location: 37.895361, -79.801785

View 1

Location: 37.901000, -79.807205

View 2

Location: 37.907044, -79.821935

View 3

Location: 37.908894, -79.823290

View 4

Location: 37.901694, -79.829263

bluesuckcabin.JPG

Location: 37.901678, -79.829407

bluesuckrhodo.JPG

Location: 37.893313, -79.819450

bluesuckview.JPG

Location: 37.906859, -79.821961

bluesuckviewlake.JPG

Location: 37.901068, -79.807241

Routes

Blue Suck Falls Hike

Distance: 8.80 mi
Distance Name Location Distance to next
0.00 mi Hwy629 37.895361, -79.801785 Then go 0.05 mi
0.05 mi WilsonCreek 37.895181, -79.802752 Then go 0.13 mi
0.19 mi Trail 37.896188, -79.804842 Then go 0.15 mi
0.34 mi Trail1 37.898011, -79.806397 Then go 0.14 mi
0.48 mi 1640ft 37.900075, -79.806298 Then go 0.08 mi
0.56 mi Trail2 37.900988, -79.807196 Then go 0.12 mi
0.69 mi NationalPark 37.902649, -79.808084 Then go 0.07 mi
0.76 mi NationalPark1 37.902620, -79.809330 Then go 0.09 mi
0.84 mi 1476ft 37.903546, -79.808295 Then go 0.08 mi
0.92 mi Trail3 37.903379, -79.806849 Then go 0.08 mi
1.00 mi Trail17 37.903979, -79.808035 Then go 0.11 mi
1.11 mi Trail4 37.904368, -79.809970 Then go 0.12 mi
1.22 mi Trail18 37.904162, -79.812085 Then go 0.17 mi
1.39 mi WilsonCreek1 37.903100, -79.814799 Then go 0.05 mi
1.44 mi WilsonCreek2 37.902886, -79.815647 Then go 0.07 mi
1.50 mi NationalPark31 37.903400, -79.816658 Then go 0.21 mi
1.72 mi 1969ft 37.904326, -79.820395 Then go 0.09 mi
1.81 mi Trail5 37.905042, -79.818956 Then go 0.06 mi
1.87 mi Trail19 37.905858, -79.818506 Then go 0.07 mi
1.94 mi NationalPark2 37.905280, -79.819590 Then go 0.06 mi
2.00 mi Trail6 37.906125, -79.819689 Then go 0.06 mi
2.06 mi NationalPark3 37.905714, -79.820616 Then go 0.09 mi
2.15 mi 2297ft 37.907074, -79.820524 Then go 0.08 mi
2.23 mi NationalPark4 37.908027, -79.821275 Then go 0.08 mi
2.31 mi NationalPark34 37.907044, -79.821935 Then go 0.14 mi
2.45 mi NationalPark5 37.908518, -79.823694 Then go 0.03 mi
2.48 mi NationalPark33 37.908894, -79.823290 Then go 0.09 mi
2.57 mi 2625ft 37.908800, -79.824890 Then go 0.10 mi
2.67 mi 2625ft1 37.909980, -79.823958 Then go 0.06 mi
2.73 mi Trail7 37.909752, -79.825099 Then go 0.07 mi
2.80 mi 2789ft 37.910721, -79.824768 Then go 0.12 mi
2.92 mi Trail8 37.910174, -79.826788 Then go 0.20 mi
3.11 mi NationalPark6 37.908576, -79.829776 Then go 0.17 mi
3.28 mi 3117ft 37.906746, -79.831751 Then go 0.17 mi
3.45 mi NationalPark7 37.904355, -79.832158 Then go 0.08 mi
3.52 mi 2953ft 37.903262, -79.831997 Then go 0.09 mi
3.62 mi NationalPark32 37.902042, -79.831242 Then go 0.11 mi
3.73 mi NationalPark8 37.901694, -79.829263 Then go 0.11 mi
3.84 mi NationalPark32 37.902042, -79.831242 Then go 0.23 mi
4.07 mi 2953ft1 37.899794, -79.834380 Then go 0.07 mi
4.14 mi NationalPark9 37.898890, -79.833807 Then go 0.15 mi
4.29 mi NationalPark10 37.897820, -79.831352 Then go 0.05 mi
4.34 mi Trail9 37.897126, -79.831467 Then go 0.18 mi
4.52 mi NationalPark11 37.895305, -79.833880 Then go 0.10 mi
4.63 mi Trail10 37.893790, -79.833952 Then go 0.08 mi
4.70 mi NationalPark12 37.892963, -79.834869 Then go 0.04 mi
4.74 mi NationalPark13 37.892529, -79.834393 Then go 0.07 mi
4.81 mi 2625ft2 37.892983, -79.833244 Then go 0.05 mi
4.87 mi NationalPark14 37.892211, -79.833330 Then go 0.07 mi
4.93 mi NationalPark15 37.891979, -79.834503 Then go 0.04 mi
4.97 mi 2625ft3 37.892390, -79.835030 Then go 0.08 mi
5.05 mi Trail11 37.891280, -79.835002 Then go 0.07 mi
5.12 mi 2461ft 37.890558, -79.834136 Then go 0.11 mi
5.23 mi NationalPark16 37.890794, -79.832121 Then go 0.13 mi
5.36 mi NationalPark17 37.892384, -79.830949 Then go 0.13 mi
5.49 mi 2297ft1 37.890490, -79.830942 Then go 0.08 mi
5.56 mi NationalPark18 37.889522, -79.831645 Then go 0.04 mi
5.60 mi NationalPark19 37.889146, -79.831168 Then go 0.15 mi
5.75 mi NationalPark20 37.891083, -79.829923 Then go 0.13 mi
5.88 mi Trail12 37.889182, -79.829753 Then go 0.04 mi
5.93 mi Trail13 37.888652, -79.830214 Then go 0.07 mi
6.00 mi NationalPark21 37.887874, -79.831132 Then go 0.17 mi
6.17 mi 1969ft1 37.889029, -79.828374 Then go 0.18 mi
6.35 mi IntermittentStr 37.887057, -79.830501 Then go 0.05 mi
6.40 mi NationalPark22 37.886862, -79.829556 Then go 0.24 mi
6.64 mi IntermittentSt1 37.888171, -79.825501 Then go 0.12 mi
6.76 mi Trail14 37.887640, -79.823474 Then go 0.27 mi
7.03 mi NationalPark23 37.889175, -79.818893 Then go 0.10 mi
7.14 mi NationalPark24 37.890649, -79.818490 Then go 0.10 mi
7.23 mi 1640ft1 37.891246, -79.820086 Then go 0.06 mi
7.29 mi 1640ft2 37.891628, -79.819166 Then go 0.10 mi
7.39 mi NationalPark25 37.892876, -79.819993 Then go 0.12 mi
7.51 mi NationalPark26 37.894090, -79.818380 Then go 0.03 mi
7.54 mi Trail15 37.894169, -79.817850 Then go 0.13 mi
7.67 mi NationalPark27 37.895883, -79.816988 Then go 0.07 mi
7.73 mi IntermittentSt2 37.896680, -79.817736 Then go 0.19 mi
7.92 mi NationalPark28 37.897791, -79.814606 Then go 0.06 mi
7.98 mi NationalPark29 37.898080, -79.815559 Then go 0.04 mi
8.01 mi 1640ft3 37.898541, -79.815245 Then go 0.14 mi
8.16 mi WilsonCreek3 37.898049, -79.812679 Then go 0.18 mi
8.34 mi NationalPark30 37.896808, -79.809733 Then go 0.14 mi
8.48 mi WilsonCreek4 37.896439, -79.807231 Then go 0.22 mi
8.70 mi Trail16 37.894992, -79.803649 Then go 0.05 mi
8.75 mi WilsonCreek 37.895181, -79.802752 Then go 0.05 mi
8.80 mi Hwy629 37.895361, -79.801785

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