An area known for its tall and regal ponderosa pines, Colorado’s Douglas County is strategically located between two of the state’s major cities: Denver and Colorado Springs. Its own county seat, Castle Rock, is no less interesting with its sweeping landscapes and its most iconic figure– a butte shaped like a castle tower located in the heart of the town.
Douglas County was incorporated in 1861 and named after a former US senator. Communities in Douglas County include Parker, Lone Tree, Highlands Ranch, with the latter being the largest in the county. As of latest population estimates, Douglas County is home to around 328,630 residents. The county is served by Douglas County School District RE-1.
Douglas County is known for…
- Its unique land formation and beautiful landscapes – Located near the heart of Castle Rock (Douglas County’s county seat) is a castle tower-shaped butte that juts to the sky, cutting a prominent figure in the landscape.
- Outdoor recreation – As with most of Colorado, Douglas County is a hotbed for outdoor activities. Within the county’s boundaries are three state parks: Roxborough State Park, Castlewood Canyon State Park, and Chatfield State Park. In addition, parts of Douglas County are also located within the million-acre Pike National Forest.Recreational trails are found all over Douglas County, perfect for hiking, mountain biking, and trail running.
Points of interest in Douglas County
- The American Discovery Trail – A trail system that extends 6,800 miles from coast to coast, the American Discovery Trail is one of the longest hiking and biking recreational trails in the United States. A part of it traverses through Douglas County. Other notable recreational trails that can be accessed from Douglas County include the Colorado Trail, the Ridgeline Open Space Trail, and the Highline Canal National Recreational Trail.
- Cherry Creek State Trail – One of the most popular outdoor trails in the area, the Cherry Creek State Trail runs for approximately 40 miles and passes through Denver, Arapahoe, and Douglas counties.
- Castlewood Canyon State Park – One of the three state parks located in Douglas County, Castlewood Canyon is a historic park, home to the remnants of the Castlewood Canyon Dam. Cherry Creek Bridge, another significant part of Colorado history, is located within the state park. Aside from running and hiking, people flock to Castlewood Canyon for the abundant rock-climbing opportunities in the area. The state park is also home to a number of wildlife species, such as mountain lions, coyotes, prairie falcons, and black bears.
Douglas County real estate and homes for sale
Real estate offerings in Douglas County are wide-ranging– there’s something for everyone in this market. The best way to explore housing options in Douglas County is to take a look at its communities. Highland Ranch, the largest community in Douglas County, is a master-planned community home to single-family homes, Ranch-style residences, and more. Castle Pines North is home to townhomes, and custom contemporary residences that enjoy proximity to the Ridge Golf Course and views of Douglas County’s expansive open space. And that’s just a glimpse of Douglas County real estate.
For more information about homes for sale and Douglas County’s home market, contact Mile High Living today at 303-906-7646 or info(at)milehighliving(dotted)com.
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