Get your motor running and head out on the highway to Bath County, Virginia. Whether you’re a motorcycle enthusiast or are more comfortable behind a steering wheel, the county, nestled in the Allegheny Mountains, has miles of gorgeous scenic drives to wow even the most jaded road warrior.
Rich in mineral springs, the area has welcomed travelers for more than 250 years. But that doesn’t mean you can expect to find the never-ending sprawl of human occupation here. Bath County has remained untouched and pristine throughout the centuries. In fact, nearly 90% of the county is comprised of forest. You won’t find a single strip mall to ruin the view in Bath County — and you won’t find a single stoplight, either. That makes it the perfect hub for a relaxing, scenic road trip.
At discoverbath.com/what-to-do/scenic-drives/, you’ll find an e-brochure with several suggested scenic drives. The Eastern Highland and Bath County Loop begins and ends in the Town of Warm Springs and meanders through several historic towns, as well as treating you to sweeping vistas from the top of Warm Springs Mountain. Meanwhile, the Midland Trail & Humpback Bridge Loop, which begins and ends in Hot Springs, brings you to the breathtaking Falling Springs Falls and the picturesque Humpback Bridge — Virginia’s oldest remaining covered bridge. And if you get an itch for an excursion that’s just slightly more metropolitan, the Goshen Pass and Downtown Lexington route combines stunning scenery with a jaunt to the charming town of Lexington, home to Washington and Lee University and the Virginia Military Institute.
After a day of taking in the sights and breathing the mountain-fresh air, you’re bound to be tired. Options for lodging range from primitive campsites to the unparalleled luxury of The Omni Homestead Resort. Founded in 1766, the Homestead has welcomed 23 U.S. presidents, including Thomas Jefferson, who took advantage of the hotel’s spa services as early as 1818. Of course, Bath County also offers a number of historic inns, rustic cabins, and homey bed and breakfasts where you can rest after a day on the open road.
You’d be remiss for not “fueling up” at any number of Bath County’s dining options. From traditional Southern fare like grits and fried chicken at the Country Café in Hot Springs to the “rustic American dining with a French twist” of Les Cochons d’Or in the same town, to the Waterwheel Restaurant, which has served elegant and sustainable farm-to-table cuisine since 1972, there’s something for every palate. That’s not even mentioning the Main Dining Room of The Omni Homestead, which has offered guests and locals alike outstanding food, an award-winning wine list, and nightly live music and dancing for more than 100 years.
And of course, Bath County is famous for its spas. Try a customized package at The Spa at The Omni Homestead or indulge in an Ayurvedic body treatment at the Warm Spirit Spa. Whether you’re on a Harley or in a Honda, you’ll find relaxation here.