the largest recreation area on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Doughton Park is the largest recreation area on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This 6,000 acre state park offers more than 30 miles of hiking trails that wind through meadows, valleys and along streams. The mountain landscape of open meadows has a mix of large-toothed aspen, Carolina hemlock, Fraser, dogwood, magnolia, witch-hazel, rhododendron and mountain laurel. Doughton Park is rich in native wildlife like red and grey foxes, white-tailed deer, raccoons, wild turkey, bobcats and black bear. As an added bonus, Monarch butterflies pass through here by the thousands along their annual migration to Mexico.