Spring Fun in Bath County

Spring is the ideal season for outdoor exploration, and Bath County, Virginia, is a premier destination for nature enthusiasts who seek a mix of beauty and adventure. This picturesque area offers a host of experiences that will leave you both fulfilled and bound to return. Let’s delve into all the spring fun to be had in Bath County.

Hike Flag Rock and Bear Loop

Avid hikers will be awestruck by the stunning landscapes of the county. Lace up your hiking boots and embark on an unforgettable journey through the scenic outdoors. Flag Rock and Bear Loop offer a chance to get lost in the region’s natural beauty.

Flag Rock is an intermediate, 3.1 mile loop trail that takes you up Warm Springs Mountain. It’s a steep climb to the summit, but it’s well worth the effort. From Flag Rock Overlook, you’ll be able to look over the treetops down into the valley and the mountains beyond. If you’ve worked up an appetite after the hike, you can stop at Milk House Market for sandwiches and snacks, located just across from the trailhead.

Bear Loop Trail is an easy 3 mile loop with paths wide enough to accommodate families or groups. Winding around Ingalls Field Airport, Bear Loop puts you at the top of Warm Springs Mountain. Catch a glimpse of diverse wildlife and reward yourself with breathtaking scenery.

Beginning of Bear Loop Trail.

Birdwatching in Hidden Valley

Bath County is a haven for birdwatchers, with designated bird sanctuaries that attract a variety of species. The aptly named Hidden Valley is a prime bird-watching spot due to miles of edge habitat where different ecosystems come together.

Keep your eyes peeled for the iconic northern mockingbird or the large red-tailed hawk, and listen for the sweet songs of the eastern meadowlark. Don’t forget your binoculars or camera, as the views in this serene valley are truly photo-worthy.

Falconry at the Homestead

While unknown to many travelers, there’s a truly unique activity offered at the Omni Homestead Resort – falconry. At the resort’s world-class falconry facility, visitors can learn the intricate details of this specialty sport.

Under the guidance of trained professionals, you will have the chance to interact with a variety of birds of prey, including falcons, hawks, and owls. This hands-on experience allows guests to gain a deeper appreciation for the skill and artistry involved in this one-of-a-kind activity.

Sessions teach you how to call a falcon to you.

Horseback Riding Adventures

Explore the rolling hills and scenic trails of Bath County on horseback with Let’s Ride Horses. Whether you’re a seasoned equestrian or a first-time rider, this adventure provides authentic trail rides through Virginia’s alluring countryside. Each ride is led by a guide with over 50 years of horseback riding experience, so you can safely enjoy this memorable excursion.

Scenic Drives and Overlooks

Bath County’s scenic drives offer a leisurely way to take in the region’s inherent beauty. Make your way to the Dan Ingall’s Overlook for epic views as soon as you enter the parking lot, or drive by the Airport Road Overlook for a beautiful skyline sighting near Ingalls Airport.

The captivating Falling Springs Waterfall is another favorite photo spot for visitors and is located just across the line in neighboring Alleghany County. Scenic drive-by options are abundant in Bath County, each offering a distinct perspective on the county’s striking landscapes. 

Springtime Magic Begins in Bath

The season of new adventures is upon us. As you plan your spring getaway, be sure to click here for more information and to start your adventure.