14239 Douthat State Park Road

This 4,493-acre oasis is a destination park. For starters, its 43 miles of trail are open to hiking and mountain biking; especially for the later it’s a prime getaway. The 50-acre lake includes a beach for swimming, and there are boat rentals. Interpretive programs are ongoing, there are playgrounds for the little ones, when you run out of camp food there’s a camp store on site, and when you’re tired of camp food altogether, there’s a restaurant. It’s a bit of a drive, but once you’re there, park the car until it’s time to leave.

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Distance from downtown Charlottesville: 100 miles (1 hour 30 minutes)
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GPS: 37.896054, -79.809300
No. of campsites: 87
No. with hookups: 68
No. without hookups: 19
Primitive sites: 0
Reservations? Yes. 800-933-PARK, www.reserveamerica.com
Cost: $26, $30 with hookups
Year-round? Yes.
Gate hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Stuff to do nearby: Hiking, mountain biking, swimming (summer), fishing in a trout-stocked lake and in a four-mile stretch of stream.