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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: October 09, 2008
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Public meeting on Douthat State Park master plan to be held Oct. 23

(MILLBORO, VA) ? A public meeting will be held to solicit public comments on changes to the master plan for Douthat State Park in Bath and Allegheny counties. The meeting will be Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008 at 7 p.m. in the Douthat Restaurant.

Planners from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation will conduct the meeting and present proposed changes to the existing master plan. These changes will incorporate into the plan possible facilities for the newly acquired Whispering Pines campground property.

The Whispering Pines property will add 52 acres to Douthat. It is planned that this site will be redeveloped into 38 campsites, with a possible 68 sites total. The new sites will have water, electric hook-ups and a modern bathhouse. It is also proposed that the park?s existing campground closest to horse trails in the National Forest be renovated to accommodate equestrian camping.

These additions will be added to Douthat?s existing facilities, which include 30 cabins, three picnic shelters, two guest lodges, three campgrounds, a restaurant, a 50-acre lake with swimming beach and 43-miles of hiking trails.

Douthat State Park opened in 1936 as the first recreational facility acquired by Virginia. Much of the property was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and the park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Douthat Restaurant is at 14239 Douthat State Park Rd, Millboro, Va. For more information, call DCR Planning Bureau Manager Bob Munson at (804) 786-6140.

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