This landscape of open meadows is a place to view wildlife and get a feel for the lives of those who lived here long ago. Doughton Park is one of the best places along the Blue Ridge Parkway to view white-tailed deer, raccoons, red and grey foxes, and bobcats, as well as spectacular shows of flame azalea and rhododendron in the late spring. Bluffs Lodge is open during the summer season along with a restaurant and gas station. There is a campground with ranger talks during the summer season, too. Hiking opportunities range from a short hike at Fodder Stack Trail to the strenuous 7.5-mile Bluff Mountain Trail. Visit the Brinegar Cabin to see craft demonstrations, or hike into Basin Cove to view the Caudill Family Homestead. The Northwest Trading Post at Milepost 258 has a wide variety of craft items and souvenirs for sale from this part of North Carolina.

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Review of Doughton Park

Active and Adventure Review of Doughton Park

Away Travel Editor: Alistair Wearmouth
Editor Rating 3.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Camping,Cross-Country Skiing,Day Hiking,Road Biking
Editor Tips & Helpful Hints
  • With more than 30 miles of trails, Doughton Park is one of the biggest developed recreation areas along the Parkway. You can cross-country ski here when the park and road are open during winter snow season.

Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 238.5-244.7)
Near Sparta, North Carolina

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: (828) 298-0398
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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