Hike Blue Suck Falls and the Tuscarora Overlook

Blue Suck Falls Trail - Search Nearby - Added by Elyse Clark

Just a few miles off I-64 near Covington, VA, this beautiful 7.2 mile hike in Douthat State Park has a nice waterfall and many beautiful overlooks.

In Douthat State Park, park at the Discovery Center/Amphitheater parking lot near the children's fishing area. The Blue Suck Falls trail head will be towards the dam on the left side and is well-marked.

Note: A trail map is highly recommended for this trail! It is fairly well-marked with blue blazes, but has 5 separate trail intersections and it may be easy to get turned around if you don't have a map. For a map click here.

The trail to Blue Suck Falls is easy with minimal elevation gain, and you'll reach the falls after 1.5 miles. There is a nice stone bench to sit and rest that overlooks the small waterfall. Continuing on from here, the trail gets steeper and steeper and has many switchbacks as it ascends Middle Mountain.

After 3.1 miles you'll intersect the yellow-blazed Tuscarora Overlook Trail, turn left downhill on this trail. After another 0.5 miles keep left at the intersection and shortly after you'll arrive at an old cabin at the Tuscarora Overlook. People have camped at this cabin, and if you do, please pack out your trash-there was trash everywhere when I was here.

Once finished, simply retrace your steps on the yellow-blazed Tuscarora Overlook Trail, then turn right onto the Blue Suck Falls Trail and follow this back to the parking area.

Distance

7.2 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

2200 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Fitness, Photography, Hiking

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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The falls!

So THAT'S what the falls look like! They were all dried up when I went in September. I'm glad I finally got to see them! (though the views at the overlook were worth the hike)

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