The Outside Family Vacation Guide named Douthat State Park one of the nation's 10 best. The park, which straddles Bath and Alleghany counties, is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Douthat Lake View Restaurant, an original CCC facility, is a full-service restaurant that overlooks the lake and has recently been renovated. It features a glass enclosed porch overlooking the lake, and central heat and air. The restaurant is open on weekends only from Easter through Memorial Day, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant is open Wednesday through Friday for lunch and dinner and Saturdays and Sundays for brunch, lunch and dinner from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Labor Day through October, the restaurant is open weekends only: It's open Saturdays for brunch, lunch and dinner, and on Sundays for brunch and lunch.