FishingLocated west of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia’s Western Highlands, the County of Bath is an outdoor sportsman’s dream come true. You’ll find scenic mountain vistas, over 160 miles of hiking trails, dark starlit skies, clear cold streams, all which allow for a wide range of recreational opportunities. Expect to see white tail deer, wild turkey, black bear and other game animals within our vast woodlands. The county is well known for its great fly fishing. It’s also quickly developing a reputation as a great place for mountain biking and road cycling. Camping, paddling, boating and other water sports are available on clear mountain rivers and lakes. You can also enjoy a great round of golf or a quick game of tennis. The County of Bath is a wonderful four-season destination. In winter there is skiing, snowboarding, tubing and ice skating. In between all the great outdoor fun, enjoy a delicious meal or simply relax on the porch and enjoy a good book.

Fishing Guides

  • Epic Adventure Recreation

    807 N. Rockbridge Avenue
    Covington, VA 24426
    • 540-958-5014
  • Green Valley Hunter’s Paradise

    6760 Deerfield Road
    Millboro, VA 24460
    • 540-996-4134
    • 540-969-6561
    Fax: 540-996-4132

    We have 2 1/2 miles of spring fed streams and stocked ponds where you will find Rainbow Trout, Browns, Brookies, Golden Trout and Perch.

  • Homestead Angler

    7696 Sam Snead Highway
    Hot Springs, VA 24445
    • 540-839-3812/7760
  • Jason Woods

    Hot Springs, VA 24445
    • 540-839-5935

Fishing Licenses

  • Bath County Clerk’s Office

    65 Courthouse Hill Road
    Warm Springs, VA 24484
    • 540-839-7226

    Hunting and fishing licenses. 

  • Virginia Hunting & Fishing Licenses and Access Permits

    • 866-721-6911

Hunting Licenses

  • Bath County Clerk’s Office

    65 Courthouse Hill Road
    Warm Springs, VA 24484
    • 540-839-7226

    Hunting and fishing licenses. 

  • Virginia Hunting & Fishing Licenses and Access Permits

    • 866-721-6911

Camping

  • Blowing Springs

    Route 39
    7698 Mountain Valley Road
    Warm Springs, VA 24484
    • Reservations: 877-444-6777
    • Information: 540-279-4186

    From Warm Springs, take SR 39 west for 9 miles to the campground. Operated by American Land & Leisure

  • Bolar Mountain Recreational Area and Lake Moomaw

    Route 600
    756 Twin Ridge Drive
    Warm Springs, VA 24484
    • Reservations: 877-444-6777
    • Information: 540-279-4186

    Operated by American Land & Leisure

  • Dominion Back Creek Recreational Area

    Route 600
    316 Power Station Road
    Warm Springs, VA 24484
    • 540-279-4142
  • Douthat State Park

    14239 Douthat State Park Road
    Millboro, VA 24460
    • 540-862-8100
    • 540-862-8117
    • Reservations: 540-933-PARK
  • Greenwood Point Campground

    Lake Moomaw
    Twin Ridge Drive
    Warm Springs, VA 24484
    • 800-342-2267

    Operated by American Land & Leisure

  • Hidden Valley Recreational Area

    1531 Hidden Valley Road
    Warm Springs, VA 24484
    • Contact the Warm Springs Ranger District: 540-839-2521

    Operated by the US Forest Service

  • Peaceful River Campground

    42 Peaceful River Road
    Millboro, VA 24460
    • 540-996-4256

    Advance reservations required

Canoeing/Kayaking/Boating

  • Dominion Back Creek Recreational Area

    Route 600
    316 Power Station Road
    Warm Springs, VA 24484
    • 540-279-4142
  • Douthat State Park

    14239 Douthat State Park Road
    Millboro, VA 24460
    • 540-862-8100
    • 540-862-8117
    • Reservations: 540-933-PARK
  • Natural Retreats

    46 Old Dairy Road
    Warm Springs, VA 24484
    • 877-805-7794
  • The Marina at Lake Moomaw

    Route 600
    8446 Bolars Draft Road
    Warm Springs, VA 24484
    • 540-279-4144

    Operated by American Land & Leisure

Cycling/Biking

  • Bike the Valley

    Visit BiketheValley.com for additional bike rentals.

  • Bolar Mountain Recreational Area and Lake Moomaw

    Route 600
    756 Twin Ridge Drive
    Warm Springs, VA 24484
    • Reservations: 877-444-6777
    • Information: 540-279-4186

    Operated by American Land & Leisure

  • Douthat State Park

    14239 Douthat State Park Road
    Millboro, VA 24460
    • 540-862-8100
    • 540-862-8117
    • Reservations: 540-933-PARK
  • Hidden Valley Recreational Area

    1531 Hidden Valley Road
    Warm Springs, VA 24484
    • Contact the Warm Springs Ranger District: 540-839-2521

    Operated by the US Forest Service

Fishing

  • Blowing Springs

    Route 39
    7698 Mountain Valley Road
    Warm Springs, VA 24484

    Back Creek, a stocked trout stream, flows adjacent to the Blowing Springs Campground and offers very good trout fishing.

  • Bolar Mountain Recreational Area and Lake Moomaw

    Route 600
    756 Twin Ridge Drive
    Warm Springs, VA 24484
    • Reservations: 877-444-6777
    • Information: 800-342-2267

    Lake Moomaw is renowned for its excellent fishing, yielding citation size brown and rainbow trout. Managed by American Land & Leisure

  • Dominion Back Creek Recreational Area

    Route 600
    316 Power Station Road
    Warm Springs, VA 24484
    • 540-279-4142

    Fishing is permitted in the stream, upper and lower half of the lower pond.

  • Douthat State Park

    14239 Douthat State Park Road
    Millboro, VA 24460
    • 540-862-8100
    • 540-862-8117
    • Reservations: 540-933-PARK

    The 50-acre Douthat Lake and adjoining Wilson Creek are stocked regularly with trout on a seasonal basis.

  • Hidden Valley Recreational Area

    2241 Hidden Valley Road
    Warm Springs, VA 24484

    Fishing on the Jackson River is a special regulation area requiring an additional stamp. Please obey posted limits.

  • Jackson River

    The Jackson River offers a very diverse trout fishing opportunity. North of Lake Moomaw, the Hidden Valley and Poor Farm stretches of the river offer excellent fishing for stocked trout. Very popular with the fly fishermen is the 3 mile stretch between Poor Farm and Muddy Run.

  • Lake Moomaw Marina, LLC

    Route 600
    8446 Bolars Draft Road
    Warm Springs, VA 24484
    • 540-279-4144

    Open May 1st through early October

  • Poor Farm

    Route 623 to the National Forest boundary
    Warm Springs, VA 24484

    End of Jackson River

  • Walton Tract

    Access off Route 42
    Millboro, VA 24460

    The Cowpasture River features a warm water fishery. Here is an opportunity to hook a musky as well as perch and bass. The river flows through the Walton Tract, where a canoe can be used to fish or just enjoy the scenery.

Geocaching

Hiking

  • Allegheny Highlands Multi-User Trail System

    Located primarily along the eastern slope of Warm Springs Mountain and adjacent ridges, the Allegheny Highlands Trail System is a 63.3 mile system of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails connecting Douthat State Park and George Washington National Forest lands in Bath and Alleghany counties. This trail system offers some of the more remote and underutilized trails in the area. Numerous access points, trail lengths, and routes are possible.

  • Bear Loop Trail

    Located adjacent to Ingalls Field airport at the end of State Route 703, this wide, relatively flat 3-mile loop trail offers 60-mile vistas across the Allegheny Plateau of West Virginia and towards the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Interpretive signs highlight the mountain’s diversity of wildlife species and habitats in addition to the Conservancy’s efforts to restore the region’s fire-adapted oak and pine forests.

  • Beards Gap Hollow/Locust Gap/Laurel View/Herons Run/Tobacco Ridge Trails

    For this approximately 4-mile route, walk across the park road from the Visitor Center and cross Wilson Creek on a paved road leading towards the White Oak Campground. Shortly past the bridge, turn left onto the white-blazed Beards Gap Hollow Trail and ascend approximately 1 mile up the hollow and through short series of switchbacks to the top of a small spur ridge. Turn right on the yellow-blazed Locust Gap Trail and follow it along the ridge and through a dry pine-oak heath forest. After 0.5 miles, turn right on the blue-blazed Blue Suck Trail and then in another 0.25 turn left on the white-blazed Laurel View Trail. Follow this trial along a mid-elevation contour on the mountain for 1.5 miles and turn right on the orange-blazed Middle Hollow Trail. In another 0.5 miles, turn right on the blue-blazed Heron Run Trail and trail along the shore line of Douthat Lake. After 0.7 miles, turn right again on Blue Suck Trail and then in several hundred yards, turn left on the yellow-blazed Tobacco Ridge Trail. After 0.5 miles, this trail reaches an overlook of Douthat Lake and then continues another 0.3 miles to the White Oak Campground and the trailhead at Wilson Creek.

  • Beards Gap/Mountain Top/Ross Camp/Wilson Creek Trails

    Start this approximately 5-mile route on the blue-blazed Beards Gap Trail, which is accessed beside the Visitor Center and initially passes over a wooden footpath. Follow the trail up a series of switchbacks before arriving at the ridge, and intersection of the Bushy Hollow and Mountain Top trails in 1.1 miles. Turn left on the yellow-blazed Mountain Top Trail as it continues to climb along the ridge. In 0.25 miles the trail will reach the 4-way intersection of the Buck Hollow and Mountain Side trails. Stay straight on the yellow-blazed Mountain Top Trail and in 01 miles the trail will make a sharp turn to the right and pass the first vista of Douthat Lake. From this point, the trail will climb more steeply before leveling off and arriving at the route’s high point and boundary line with the national forest. Stay left as the trail follows the ridge, before descending more steeply and passing the best vista of Douthat Lake. The trail will now turn back to the left and in another 0.4 miles reach the intersection of the Ross Camp and Mountain Side Trails. Turn right on the orange-blazed Ross Camp Trail and continue downslope to the white-blazed Wilson Creek Trail. Turn left on Wilson Creek Trail, paralleling the road and passing the Lodge and a picnic area on the return to the Visitor Center.

  • Blue Suck Falls

    VA

    This 3-mile (round-trip to falls or one-way to the Tuscarora Trail) moderate to difficult trail starts from the Discovery Center parking area in the Camp Carson Picnic Area. After about 1.5 miles ,the blue-blazed, rocky trial reaches Blue Suck Falls, a series of small cascades which gets their unusual name form the Appalachian term for a whirlpool or ‘suck’, which may be found at the base of the falls. At higher elevations beyond the falls, the trail features several east facing overlooks of the Allegheny Mountains, such as a Lookout Rock, and after a series of switchbacks, arrives at the yellow-blazed Tuscarora Overlook Trail and other trail connections within the Park or the adjacent national forest.

  • Bolar Loop Trail

    Starting across the road from the beach area parking lot, walk around the wooden gate and follow a dirt road for a short distance to access the trailhead. This 2.1 mile moderate loop is a central connector to several other trails on Bolar Mountain and a variety of routes of different lengths are possible. Strictly following this blue-blazed loop leads to two scenic overlooks, Grouse Point and Islands, both with benches and panoramic views of Lake Moomaw. Several white-blazed spur trails lead from this loop to different access points in the Recreation Area.

  • Bolar Mountain Recreational Area

    725 Twin Ridge Drive
    Warm Springs, VA 24484

    Located along the shores of 2,530-acre Lake Moomaw, one of the largest lakes in Virginia, Bolar Mountain Recreation Area offers 11 miles of hiking only trails, along with numerous recreational amenities including four developed campgrounds, one primitive campground, boating and other water sports, a swimming beach, picnic areas, and a boat ramp and associated facilities at the Bolar Flat Marina. From the village of Warm Springs, travel State Route 39 west for 10.5 miles. Turn left on State Route 600 and follow it for approximately 7 miles to the intersection with Twin Ridge Drive. Turn right on Twin Ridge Drive to enter the Recreation Area.

  • Cobbler Mountain/Muddy Run/Jackson River Gorge Trails

    Begin this 5.1-mile moderate circuit at the Cobbler Mountain Trail parking area located at the shale pit near the southern entrance to the Recreation Area. Follow the blue-blazed, single-track trail up a short climb to the ridge of Cobbler Mountain, then ascend to a wooden bridge crossing Chimney Run at 0.7 miles. Continue for 1.3 miles as the trail winds along the bottom of Cobbler Mountain, passes through a small field with views of Warwickton and then along a wetland area before descending to the intersection of the blue blazed Muddy Run Trail. Turn left on the Muddy Run Trail and after 0.1 miles, cross a small wooded footbridge over Muddy Run. After another 0.2 miles, cross the Jackson River on the large suspension bridge and then turn left on the Jackson River Gorge Trail as it follows Jackson River downstream towards Warwickton. After 1.8 miles, turn left at the mansion onto the gravel road that crosses a low water bridge over the river and continues back towards the Recreation Area entrance. Continue to follow Hidden Valley Road for 1.0 miles, past the campground entrance, and arrive back at the Cobbler Mountain Trail parking area.

  • Douthat State Park

    14239 Douthat State Park Road

    Douthat State Park is one of the first state parks in Virginia and offers over 43 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. Numerous trail routes of different lengths and difficulties are possible, many of which offer outstanding views of Douthat Lake and the surrounding Allegheny Mountains. Visitors can also enjoy four miles of stream fishing, a 50-acre lake stocked with trout, a swimming beach, boat rentals, a gift shop and camp store, four campgrounds, 32 cabins and three lodges, picnic area and a restaurant overlooking the lake. From the village of Warm Springs, travel east on State Route 39 for 7.8 miles. Turn right onto Douthat State Park Road (State Route 629) and travel 13.8 miles to the Park entrance. Contact the Douthat State Park office at 540-862-8100 for more information.

  • GEORGE WASHINGTON NATIONAL FOREST

    VA

    The County of Bath is located within the Warm Springs Ranger District, the only district on the George Washington National Forest to border the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia for its entirety. Over 120 miles of trails offer some of the most scenic and wild hiking experiences in Virginia, including access to a diversity of other recreational amenities and two wilderness areas. Contact the Warm Springs Ranger District office at 540-839-2521 for more information.

  • Greenwood Point Campground

    From the trailhead near the first camp site (#63) of Bolar Mountain Campsite 3, travel this 3.29-mile (one-way) blue-blazed trail to the 5-site Greenwood Point primitive campground for either an overnight backpacking experience or for a scenic day hike. After 0.2 miles, the trail will make a switchback through the first of several ravines. After crossing a small creek and crossing over spur ridge, the trail descends again through another ravine before the steepest climb of 0.2 miles to the trail’s high point, and a beautiful vista of Lake Moomaw. From there, the trail descends for 0.4 miles crossing a stream over a wooden footbridge, then steeply ascends a spur ridge for 0.2 miles. The remaining 1.4 miles to the campground is generally an easy, flat hike through forested terrain.

  • Hidden Valley Nature Watch Trail

    Accessed from the parking area near Warwickton, this easy, family-friendly, 1.4-mile grassy trail follows the Hidden Valley Trail along the Jackson River before looping through the adjacent meadows and returning to the main road 100 yards south of the parking area. Numerous wildflower, wildlife and bird watching opportunities exist along the trail and interpretive signs and benches provide an educational and relaxing way to enjoy the scenic mountain views. This trail is also a favorite of locals seeking a refreshing morning walk and a great place to observe white-tailed deer, beavers, and other animals near dusk.

  • Hidden Valley Recreational Area

    15321 Hidden Valley Road
    Warm Springs, VA 24484

    Residing in a scenic valley along 6.5 miles of the Jackson River. Hidden Valley Dispersed Recreation Area offers 24 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails, a 31-site campground, picnic area, exceptional trout fishing including a 3-mile special regulation section, and Warwickton, a historic antebellum mansion converted into a Bed and Breakfast. From the village of Warm Springs, travel State Route 39 west for 3.3 miles. Turn right onto McGuffin Road (State Route 621) and follow for 1.8 miles. Turn left onto Hidden Valley Road, which leads directly into the Recreation Area after approximately 1.5 miles.

  • Ingalls Overlook Trail

    This 1.2-mile trail (2.4 miles round-trip) begins at the Dan Ingalls Overlook on State Route 39. Interpretive signs along the first mile provide an excellent introductions to Warm Springs Mountain and the region’s natural history. The trail then climbs and series of scenic rock formations with views of Shenandoah Mountain and the Cowpasture River valley before looping back to the main trail and returning to the overlook.

  • Lasso Loop

    From the horse trailer parking area located on Sandy Springs Road (Forest Road 125) north of Douthat State Park, start this approximately 8-mile loops on the Brushy Ridge Trail. Follow this trial along an old logging road for 2.5 miles and turn right onto the Salt Pond Ridge Trail. Salt Pond Ridge Trail descends to Lime Kiln Road (Forest Road 194) in about 1.2 miles, after passing a large number of boulder outcrops and gorgeous mountain streams often inhabited by native brook trout. Turn right and follow Lime Kiln Road, a lightly traveled Forest Service dirt/gravel road for 1.7 miles and then turn right on gated Forest Road 1901. Follow the 1901 road back to the intersection with Brushy Ridge Trail and turn left to descend the trail back towards the parking area.

  • Sandy Gap Trail

    Built by the Civilization Conservation Corps in the 1930s, this 3.2-mile trail (one-way trip) features tranquil vistas and unique stone work, travels through the George Washington National Forest, and connects to the Douthat State Park trail can be accessed directly from State Route 703 or from Sandy Springs Road (Forest Road 125), in which case the views of the Falling Springs valley from the trailhead overlook make this a truly rewarding climb.

  • Warm Springs Mountain Preserve

    VA

    In 2002, The Nature Conservancy protected more than 9,000 acres on and around Warm Springs Mountain, forming its single largest preserve in Virginia. This keystone tract protects water quality for the valleys below and stitches together more than 300,000 acres of surrounding public lands, including the George Washington National Forest, which shares a 13-mile border. Over 5 miles of trails are open to visitors during daylight hours. Contact the Conservancy’s Warm Springs office at 540-839-3599 for more information.

Horseback Riding

  • Douthat State Park

    14239 Douthat State Park Road
    Millboro, VA 24460
    • 540-862-8100
    • 540-862-8117
    • Reservations: 540-933-PARK

    There are 6 miles of trail in the park available for equestrian use on the Alleghany Highlands Multiuse, Equestrian State Trail. Equestrian campground and stables.

  • Hidden Valley Recreational Area

    1531 Hidden Valley Road
    Warm Springs, VA 24484
    • For information, contact the Warm Springs Ranger District: 540-839-2521

    Horse trailer parking. Day use only. There are no overnight horse facilities available.

  • Turtle Brook Farm

    2663 McGuffin Road
    Warm Springs, VA 24484
    • 540-839-6646

    Horse facilities include two 12×24 covered shelters with secure paddocks, a working ring, pasturage and trail access to thousands of acres of U.S. Forest land over Cobbler Mountain into Hidden Valley.

Hunting

  • Bolar Mountain Recreational Area and Lake Moomaw

    Route 600
    756 Twin Ridge Drive
    Warm Springs, VA 24484
    • Reservations: 877-444-6777
    • Information: 800-342-2267

    Hunting is permitted in the lake area with the following considerations. The discharging or uncasing of firearms is permitted only during an open game season and is not allowed around developed recreation areas. Hunting is not permitted between the road and the lake. A National Forest stamp is required for hunting at Lake Moomaw. Obtain a copy of the current Virginia hunting regulations for additional info.

  • Douthat State Park

    14239 Douthat State Park Road
    Millboro, VA 24460
    • 540-862-8100
    • 540-862-8117
    • Reservations: 540-933-PARK

    Hunters may register to participate in both a muzzleloader hunt held November 12-15, and a rifle hunt held November 26-29.

Outfitters

  • Allegheny Outfitters

    The Omni Homestead Resort offers a variety of incredible outdoor adventures such as fly fishing, hikes, Segway tours, equestrian activities, and shooting sports.

  • Douthat State Park Interpretive Programs

    Route 629
    14239 Douthat State Park Road
    Millboro, VA 24460
    • 540-862-8100
  • Epic Adventure Recreation

    807 N. Rockbridge Avenue
    Covington, VA 24426
    • 540-958-5014
  • Green Valley Hunter's Paradise

    Located in the beautiful village of Millboro, Green Valley Hunter’s Paradise is a 2500 acre private game preserve offering prime habitat for a variety of indigenous animals including white tail deer, turkey, lack bear, and upland birds. We offer a variety of hunting an fishing excursions on our private preserve and also offer trips to Lake Moomaw and the lower Jackson River. Renowned for bird hunting we offer pheasant, quail, chukar, grouse and turkey hunts. We have 2 ½ miles of spring fed streams and stocked ponds where you will find Rainbow Trout, Browns, Brookies, Golden Trout and Perch. In addition to hunting excursions, we offer sporting clay and skeet courses featuring LaPort system launchers. We have 50 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and ATV trail touring. For more information about our guided services as well as on property accommodations, please call 540-996-4131 or email huntersparadise@tds.net.

  • Killer Outfitting

    204 Hickory Drive
    Millboro, VA 24460
    • 540-460-4927

    If you are looking for an adrenaline filled, exciting, hunt of a lifetime, look no further. We offer full package hunts for bear with hounds, spring gobbler hunts, as well as professional taxidermy services

Picnic Areas

  • Bolar Mountain Recreational Area and Lake Moomaw

    The Marina at Lake Moomaw, Route 600
    8446 Bolars Draft Road
    Warm Springs, VA 24484
    • 540-279-4144

    Call 540-279-4186 for pricing and availability to reserve a picnic shelter.

  • Dominion Back Creek Recreational Area

    Route 600
    316 Power Station Road
    Warm Springs, VA 24484
    • 540-279-4142
  • Douthat State Park

    14239 Douthat State Park Road
    Millboro, VA 24460
    • 540-862-8100
    • 540-862-8117
    • Reservations: 540-933-PARK
  • Valley Elementary Picnic Shelter

    65 Panther Drive
    Hot Springs, VA 24445
    • 540-839-7211

    Please call for pricing and availability to reserve the shelter.

Playgrounds

  • Bacova Village

    Middle of the Village
    VA

    Segway tours; Carriage rides; Hayrides

  • Douthat State Park

    14239 Douthat State Park Road
    Millboro, VA 24460
    • 540-862-8100
    • 540-862-8117
    • Reservations: 540-933-PARK
  • Millboro Elementary School

    411 Church Street
    Millboro, VA 24460
    • 540-997-5452
  • Valley Elementary School

    65 Panther Drive
    Hot Springs, VA 24445
    • 540-839-7211

Scenic Overlooks

  • Airport Road Overlook

    Airport Road
    Hot Springs, VA 24445

    On the way to Ingalls Field Airport on Airport Rd., Hot Springs

  • Dan Ingalls Overlook

    Warm Springs, VA 24484

    Located on the top of Warm Springs Mountain, Route 39

Shooting Range

  • Bath County Shooting Range

    1686 Dry Run Road
    Millboro, VA 24460
    • 540-839-2521

Skateboard Park

  • Skateboard Park

    65 Panther Drive
    Hot Springs, VA 24445
    • 540-839-7211

Swimming

  • Ashwood Pool

    65 Panther Drive
    Hot Springs, VA 24445
    • 540-839-7211
  • Dominion Back Creek Recreational Area

    Route 600
    316 Power Station Road
    Warm Springs, VA 24484
    • 540-279-4142
  • Douthat State Park

    14239 Douthat State Park Road
    Millboro, VA 24460
    • 540-862-8100
    • 540-862-8117
    • Reservations: 540-933-PARK
  • Lake Moomaw

    Route 600
    756 Twin Ridge Drive
    Warm Springs, VA 24484
    • 800-342-2267

    Operated by American Land & Leisure

  • Millboro Pool

    280 Church Street
    Millboro, VA 24460
    • 540-997-5505

Tennis

  • Valley Elementary School

    65 Panther Drive
    Hot Springs, VA 24445
    • 540-839-7211

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