The readers of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine are a discerning group.

Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Adventure Town winner logoIn 2019, the popular mid-Atlantic region magazine added a Tiny Town category to their annual Top Adventure Towns competition. Hot Springs, Virginia, ran away with the title.

Why did Hot Springs win this prestigious honor? First, it’s helpful to understand that the distinction really belongs to Bath County in general since Hot Springs doesn’t market itself as a destination or even have a website. Actually, it’s not even a town. It’s a village, but the contest is called Top Adventure Towns. So, on behalf of all of the Bath County, Hot Springs happily accepts the mantle.

ziplining at The Omni Homestead ResortOutdoor adventures are abundant in Bath County. Even more options become available when you consider neighboring counties. Some unique outdoor opportunities can be found at The Omni Homestead Resort – like zip lining, guided hikes and horseback rides, falconry and a private shooting range.


Here is a glimpse of outdoor activities in or near Bath County:


• Hiking and biking on many trails around Douthat State Park, Lake Moomaw, Hidden Valley Recreation Area, Back Creek Recreation Area, Warm Springs Mountain Preserve and more.


Biking• Road cycling all around the county on many peaceful back roads


couple kayaking• Paddling on Lake Moomaw, Douthat Lake and the Jackson River in nearby Alleghany County


Fly fishing courtesy of Ft. Lewis Lodge• World-class fishing on Lake Moomaw, Douthat Lake, the Jackson and Cowpasture rivers and lots of smaller tributaries. Bath County is also home to a growing fly fishing festival each spring.


Camping Douthat State• Camping at various locations and stargazing under a true dark skies experience