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Douthat vs Sherando Lake

Raleigh, North...
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Douthat vs Sherando Lake

Staying in Lexington with a 6 year old and 2 year old in a few days and was wondering which lake is better for small kids, Douthat or Sherando? Looking for clean water and a good beach area. Douthat is a touch further and both seem to check all the boxes. Any locals prefer one lake vs the other?

Thanks!

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Western Ireland...
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for Sligo, Charlottesville, Virginia, County Donegal, Western Ireland
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1. Re: Douthat vs Sherando Lake

They are both wonderful parks... We visited Douthat in Bath Co. in the Fall & Sherando Lake in the Late Spring. both had separate areas for swimming & both had playgrounds.

Raleigh, North...
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2. Re: Douthat vs Sherando Lake

Thanks so much. Sounds like we can't go wrong with either. One last question, any recommendations for dinner downtown lexington with a nice patio for outdoor seating?

Western Ireland...
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for Sligo, Charlottesville, Virginia, County Donegal, Western Ireland
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3. Re: Douthat vs Sherando Lake

Was there Labor Day weekend 2014, it was extremely hot & humid..I don't recall anyone sitting outside..Sweet Treats very family friendly..

Kesh_grammy

Norfolk, VA
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4. Re: Douthat vs Sherando Lake

Both are excellent, but they are different. Douthat has a lower parking fee, but it also charges separately for swim tickets. Sherando has a higher parking fee, with no extra charges beyond that. Douthat has lifeguards, Sherando doesn't. Douthat has a concession stand at its beach, while Sherando has a building labeled as a gift shop that I've never seen open. Douthat has a diving board and rental boats, while Sherando has neither. Douthat tends to be a little more popular and marginally less quiet, but both are still very peaceful. Finally, Douthat State Park has more organized activities and programs than the National Forest staff at Sherando offers.

Both are excellent, so it'll come down to your preferences for amenities.

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