The readers of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine are a discerning group.
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.
Outdoor 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.
• Road cycling all around the county on many peaceful back roads
• Paddling on Lake Moomaw, Douthat Lake and the Jackson River in nearby Alleghany County
• 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 at various locations and stargazing under a true dark skies experience