Bath County, Virginia is named for the English resort city of Bath. Both communities are known for the abundance of healing springs that have attracted visitors to their locales. For over 270 years Bath County has been defined by its natural beauty and hospitality. Located along the western, central border with West Virginia, Bath County encompasses 540 square miles. Eighty-nine percent of Bath County is comprised of forest (51% national forest, 6% state park). The Nature Conservancy also owns more than 9,000 acres of critical forest habitat.
Bath County is unique. There is not a single stop light in the entire county.
There is no Starbucks. There is no McDonalds. Yet, it has world class properties
such as The Homestead Resort and the Jefferson
Pools. It is home to Garth Newel, a world renowned
Conservatory of Chamber Music. The area is known as a four season resort with
attractions such as skiing, snowboarding and skating in the winter; hiking,
biking, fishing, camping and hunting; and cultural attractions throughout the
remainder of the year. With Douthat State Park, Lake
Moomaw, George Washington National Forest and
Gathright Dam, Bath County has something for everyone.
What makes Bath County most unique is its people. It is a community
where farmers have worked the same land their families have owned for hundreds
of years. It is a community where visitors meet people born and raised in Europe
who have chosen to live in Bath County. It is a community where the person you
bump into at the farmers market studied piano at the Julliard School of Music or
plays in a well-known local bluegrass band. Bath County’s diversity is its
strength and ultimate charm.