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Wildlife love this area due to the sodium content of the mountain waters.

Salt Stump Trail is a continuation of Middle Mountain Trail. This seldom traveled path is excellent for viewing wildlife. Words such as salt and suck licks originated from the natural composition of the Douthat area which are small springs formed when salty sulphur drains from the underground. Wildlife, deer in particular, are drawn to these waters for their sodium content.

Directions: From Clifton Forge, VA, From Clifton Forge, Virginia head east on I-64 to Exit 27. Turn North onto Rt. 629 and travel three miles to the park entrance sign and four more miles to the park office. Travel a few miles on the main park road until you see signs for Campground B. Trailhead is located behind the loop in Campground B.

Elevation: 2,900 feet

Elevation Gain: 1,300 feet

Distance: 2.5 miles

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Douthat State Park, Virginia

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