Stargazing in Beautiful Bath County

As fall sets in and the nights become cooler, stargazing is an awe-inspiring activity for couples, families, and friends. Bath County offers enchanting destinations for stargazing enthusiasts seeking a celestial escape. Nestled in the heart of this picturesque region are stellar locations that promise a memorable cosmic experience.

Ingall’s Field Airport

While an airport might not be your first thought when considering a place to spread your stargazing blanket, Ingall’s Field Airport is one of the highest elevation public airports on the East Coast. Place yourself close to the vast sky for a visceral night of counting stars. This is a limited-service area, but you can enter through Hot Springs with your binoculars in tow.  Bear Loop Trail encircles the airport and invites you to take a leisurely flashlight stroll for an easy and immersive connection to the night sky.

Lake Moomaw Campgrounds

For a secluded retreat, Lake Moomaw Campgrounds sits near national forests and within the national radio quiet zone, offering a tranquil setting less than two hours away from the renowned Green Bank Observatory. The campgrounds at lake Moomaw are easily accessed through Warm Springs.You have the choice of setting up your stargazing camp at one of the beaches, piers, or trails. Don’t forget to bring a headlamp and wear plenty of warm clothing.

Hidden Valley Bed & Breakfast

Want to make a whole night of your astronomy adventure? Hidden Valley Bed & Breakfast in the Hidden Valley recreation Area might be your stargazing retreat. Enjoy a relaxed pace and warm hospitality with those you love. This bed and breakfast is situated amid 8,000 acres of George Washington National Forest land. Rivers, mountains, and pastoral landscapes create an epic scene for sky-watching. You might even have a chance to meet the on-site goats or indulge in some homemade cheese.

Fort Lewis Lodge

A serene country getaway on 3,300 acres likely sounds like the perfect place to stare at the stars. Fort Lewis Lodge offers a raised stargazing platform amid the mountains, streams, and fields that set the farm apart.   Fort Lewis Lodge closes from October to April, so star gazers will have to return in the summer to experience the incredible view provided by the platform.

Stargazing Snacks

It’s important to fuel your body with great food before settling in for a night sky watch. Country Café is a family-style restaurant offering a great selection of sandwiches, wraps, and soups. Fill up on a hearty late lunch, grab something to go, or stop by for breakfast the morning after your starry night.

For a welcoming atmosphere where you can enjoy drinks and appetizers before your night out, visit Sam Snead Tavern, a Bath County staple.  Local chefs create farm to table meals, and bands frequently play on the tavern stage. Visit Duck-In Deli for a “build your own sandwich” experience. The deli offers an extensive menu featuring deli soups, sandwiches, and salads, including a variety of breakfast croissant sandwiches. Sip on a latte or freshly made coffee from their complete coffee bar.

Visit Bath County

As you gather with loved ones, let Bath County be the stage for your unforgettable fall stargazing escapade. Book a trip today and start packing for a magnificent night (or nights) spent marveling at the stars. Click here for more first-time visitor insights.