ISSUE 5 – JULY 2020
Beaches in the Mountains
Why make the difficult choice between a mountain vacation or a beach vacation? There are beaches on two beautiful lakes in Bath County.
Douthat Lake
Douthat State Park – One of the original six facilities when the Virginia State Park system was launched and still one of the finest, Douthat State Park is well-known for its camping, fishing, rental cabins and exceptional hiking and biking trails. You may not know that it also has a sandy beach on 50-acre Douthat Lake. If you’re not staying at the park, day access is available at a modest fee. It’s a great way to spend a few hours or an entire day.
Lake Moomaw Gathright Dam was built on the Jackson River in 1979, creating beautiful Lake Moomaw. This secluded and peaceful lake remains mostly undeveloped. At the north end of the lake in Bath County is Bolar Mountain Recreation Area, which features tent and RV camping, along with hiking trails and a nice swimming beach. A modest day use fee is required.
Cool Lodging Options
unique lodging in Bath County Va
There is nothing ordinary about the overnight accommodations in Bath County. The many unique options keep visitors coming back year after year. There are no cookie-cutter chain hotels in Bath County. Every lodging property has its own personality, charm and exceptional hospitality.
Choices include:

• Charming, and often historic, B&B Inns
Rental homes and cabins that range from rustic to elegant
• A grand resort — the one and only Omni Homestead Resort
You’ll have no trouble finding a place that fits the needs and budget of your family.
A Bountiful Harvest
Farms in Bath County
Foodlore Provisions
Visitors to Bath County can embrace the Farm-to-Table movement by starting the experience on the farm. Family farms around the county are using sustainable practices to raise livestock, chickens and more, while others harvest vegetables and fruits used to make wine, cider and other products. Some of the local farms offer tours and tastings, but be sure to call or email the farms in advance to make arrangements.

Dark Skies
dark skies
Bath County is one of the finest places on the east coast for stargazing. That’s because it’s far from the ambient light that is common in urban and suburban landscapes. On a clear night, you’ll get an amazing view of the constellations, Milky Way and maybe even see a shooting star.

Camping under starry skies is magical, but the view is incredible from almost anywhere in the county. You can simply step out the door of your motel, inn or cabin and gaze into the starlit sky.
Foodlore Fridays
Each Friday through September, enjoy Foodlore Fridays, a celebration of food, farmers and community at Oakley Farm
in Warm Springs. >
Lake Moomaw
Peak foliage is early to mid-October