Area Attractions for Your Vacation in the Allegheny Highlands

Since the mid 1700’s visitors have been drawn to Bath County in the mountains of Virginia.  Considered part of the Alleghany Highlands, Bath County is one of the most beautiful places in the USA.  The area offers rich wildlife, scenic views and natural mineral springs.  Hot Springs continues to be a popular destination today, and Vine Cottage Inn is honored to welcome you to the area.

When was the last time you visited an area without a single traffic light?  That is right – There are no traffic lights in the entire county.  It is the perfect location to visit, relax and let the stress of our everyday lives float away – perhaps on one of the many water features in the county.

No matter what you are interested in, Bath County has something for you!  Guests to the area can hike, bike, fish, observe wildlife, hunt, shop, eat great food at one of our wonderful restaurants, visit Bacova Beer Company for local microbrews, or listen to world class chamber music.

One of the hidden gems in Bath County is the Garth Newel Music Center.  Just 4 miles from Vine Cottage, Garth Newel is a year round chamber music venue presenting over 50 concerts per year.  Established in 1973, Garth Newel draws world renowned artists in addition to its own Piano Quartet.  The intimate setting creates an amazing, unique ambiance and allows for personal interaction with the musicians.  Enjoy the concert on its own, or pair it with a gourmet meal created by the resident chef.  It’s truly a one of a kind experience.

Take a hike along Deerlick Trail and be rewarded at the top with a gorgeous view of the Warm Springs Valley.  Visit Bolar Mountain or Hidden Valley Recreation areas for a multitude of trails.  For beautiful views of Shenendoah and Warm Springs Valleys, visit the Dan Ingalls Overlook, or hike out to Flag Rock.  Located at the top of Warm Springs Mountain, the overlooks offers stunning views to the East, along with interpretive displays which explain the historical significance of the area.

 Douthat State Park, rated as one of the top 10 state parks in the US, offers a variety of outdoor activities.  With 4 miles of stream fishing, a 50 acre lake with trout, bass and channel catfish, boat rentals and a sandy beach, the park calls to water recreationists.  In addition, the park maintains over 43 miles of hiking, biking and bridle trails.  Picnic area, an amphitheater and playgrounds round out the numerous recreational options.

More than 60% of the County of Bath is contained in the George Washington National Forest.  Running through the forest is the Jackson River.  Completed in 1979, the 1310 foot long, 257 foot tall earthen Gathright Dam holds back the waters of the Jackson River to create Lake Moomaw.  Bolar Mountain Recreation Area is a great way for visitors to enjoy the lake.  The area provides boating, fishing, hiking, swimming, picnic area, volleyball and a playground.

Just 11 miles south of Vine Cottage Inn is the magnificent 80 foot Falling Springs Waterfall.  While easily visible from US 220, stop at the scenic overlook to safely view the falls.  The waterfall is one of the largest in Virginia.

Looking to rent Kayaks, tubes, rafts or bikes?  Alleghany Outdoors in Covington rents them all.  Whether you are looking for a short trip down the Class I and Class II rapids on the Jackson River, or want to spend most of the day, they can assist with equipment and shuttle service so you can relax and enjoy the beauty of the Jackson River Valley.  Bike the 11 mile Jackson River trail, ride the river, or do both; a variety of packages await.

The Omni Homestead, a world-class resort, is located a block from our Inn.  When you stay with us, you can enjoy paid use of their two golf courses, zip lines, horseback riding, falconry, skeet/trap shooting, hiking, skiing/ice skating and various other activities.

For additional information on things to do in Bath County, visit the county’s travel guide or call your knowledgeable innkeepers, Dave and Tammy.