Bath County is the undisputed king of the long weekend getaway. It’s located close enough to major markets like Washington, Baltimore, Richmond and Norfolk that it’s easy enough to reach, yet far enough that is feels like an escape. The stress begins to disappear on the scenic drive leading to Bath County, which means visitors can re-charge more in a few days in Bath County than a month in other places.

As summer approaches and kids wrap up the school year, you may be wondering if Bath County is a good choice for a week-long vacation. The answer is an overwhelming yes. In addition to all that relaxation, there is a long list of things to do.

A Full Week of Fun Things to Do

There are more than 30 miles of trails for hiking and biking at Douthat State Park. There are another 20 miles at Hidden Valley Recreation Area; 11 more at Bolar Mountain Recreation Area; and trails all around the county. Hike a different trail each day of vacation.

Scenic drivesOur popular Motorcycle Rides & Scenic Drives brochure includes five stunning loop drives that begin and end in either Hot Springs or Warm Springs. Bring your camera, the mountain scenery is beautiful.


The golf at The Omni Homestead is world-class. Professionals, celebrities and presidents have played here. 

Serenity Garden indoor pool HomesteadSpend a day at a spa. It’s the ultimate in relaxation with tremendous health benefits as well.


Catch a fish. It’s a great family activity. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to fly fish, a day with a professional guide can help you check this off your bucket list.

Paddle the Jackson RiverThe Jackson River between Lake Moomaw and Covington is great for canoes, kayaks or tubes. Alleghany Outdoors, conveniently located along the river, can help with rentals and shuttle service.


Take a different kind of trail ride – on a horse. 

Garth Newel string quartetDiscover beautiful music at a live performance at Garth Newel Music Center. The intimate venue allows guests to have an up close experience with the musicians. It’s an inspiring experience that you’ll never forget.


Sample local wine, cider and beer. 

dark skies in Bath CountyGaze at the night sky under genuine dark sky conditions. You’ll see the Milky Way, constellations and more stars than most city dwellers can imagine.


Explore historic sites along a self-guided tour in Warm Springs and West Warm Springs.



Deciding Where to Dine

Garden Room & Cafe salmon and brussels sproutsStaying for an entire week eliminates a conundrum that weekenders must face — so many great places to eat and not enough meals in a weekend.

Bath County is a popular destination for foodies. There are several destination restaurants, where creative chefs are working their magic with local ingredients wherever possible. In addition to fine dining, visitors can enjoy country cooking, sandwiches, pizza and much more.

Comfy Accommodations

Farm's Edge Cabin
There are plenty of choices for lodging. You’ll feel right at home when you stay at one of the county’s amazing B&Bs. By the end of the week, you’ll be spoiled by have a great breakfast prepared especially for you every day. There are rental properties to accommodate families or groups of any size. Options range from quaint cabins to luxury homes. Bath County is well-known as the home of The Omni Homestead Resort, which has been welcoming visitors since before the American Revolution. Some activities are for Homestead guests only, but many are available to non-guests on a limited basis.

A copy of the official Bath County Visitor Guide and the Motorcycle Rides and Scenic Drives brochure will help you plan a great trip. Request your free copies at or view the digital versions online.