Dougton Park is a large recreation area along the Parkway that includes Brinegar Cabin, a picnic area, one of the best scenic overlooks, and a couple of hiking trails.
Wildcat Rock Overlook completely took me by surprise. It’s located at the end of a parking lot on the left after entering Doughton Park. There are a set of steps to climb to the overlook where I found one of the most breathtaking views on the Parkway. When I returned the next summer I strung up a hammock and spent a couple of hours there.
After entering Doughton Park turn right to follow a long road through the picnic area. There are dozens of picnic tables and covered shelters along the road with plenty of parking spaces. There are also restrooms located along the road.
At the end of the road is a loop with parking spaces and access to the Bluff Ridge Primitive Trail. A short 0.4-mile hike leads to a covered shelter. From there the 2.8-mile trail to the left leads to the bottom of the mountain at an old forestry service fire road. To the right of the shelter the trail continues 3.5 miles paralleling the Parkway past a couple of scenic overlooks.