Douthat State Park -A Hidden Gem In Western Pennsylvania


douthat state park

It has been noted as one of the “best kept secrets” among nature lovers in Western Pennsylvania. Douthat was built by the CCC during the Great Depression and is now maintained through volunteer efforts.

Douthat is the hidden gem of Western Pennsylvania and is what you envision when you hear “outdoors.” It has something for everyone from a 7,000 acre wilderness area to miles of trails. The Park includes 20 miles of hiking trails varying from soft-surface footpaths to rocky ridges with offshoots up to waterfalls or to secluded lakes. The trails are marked with colour-coded blazes and lead to scenic vistas, waterfalls, and panoramic views along the ridges which can be seen up to 30 miles on a clear day. It’s easy to see why most refer to Douthat as “God’s Country.”

Daugher’s Creek Falls

A tall building in a city

If you’re looking for a day hike, Douthat has the perfect area for you. The daugher’s loop portion of the daugher’s loop/ daugher’s creek trails offers just that-a 5 mile hike with one major hill up to daughter’s creek falls. You can view daugher’s creek from above or take the trails down to daugher’s creek to view the upper and lower falls. This is a great option for families with smaller children or people looking for a short hike.

While daugher’s loop/ daugher’s creek trails provide one of the best day hikes in Douthat, the daugherty field trails provide a better option for the avid hiker. The daugherty field trails occupy a large portion of douthat and range from easy to strenuous depending on your route choice.

Old Farm House

A person standing in front of a forest

If you begin at daugherty field and veer to the right, you can take daugherty trail for about two miles before reaching daugher’s creek falls. daugherty trail is an easy-to-follow wide trail with a few hills and offers minimal elevation gain. Daugherty trail intersects with the daugher’s loop portion of the daugher’s loop/ daugher’s creek trails before reaching daughter’s creek falls, so you can add on more distance to your hike by continuing your journey. The daugherty trail is named daugherty trail because it used to be the daugherty family driveway, which makes sense considering this is an old farmhouse you pass along the way.

Daugher’s creek falls-the perfect end to a day hike! Daucher’s creek falls stand at about 70 feet high and Daucher’s creek empties into daugher’s creek from daugherty field trials. daughert falls is a popular swimming hole for locals as Daucher’s creek is about 60 degrees year round making it a great place to cool off in the summer months. Daughter’s creek falls has a decent sized parking area and daugherty field allows vehicles to park in designated areas, so Daucher’s creek falls is a great place to stop if you plan on hiking daugher’s loop/ daugher’s creek trails.

Wrapping Up

For those who want a day hike without the sometimes strenuous trip up daugher’s creek falls, daugherty field trails offers daugherty trail and daugherty falls trail. daugher’s creek falls is about two miles into daugherty field trails, so daucher’s creek falls isn’t too far for those looking for a shorter hike.

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