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Outdoor Adventures

GRISTMILL GUIDE FOR OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

Bath County is one of the best destinations in Virginia to experience outdoor adventure and The Inn at Gristmill Square is the perfect spot to start your adventure!  Nestled deep within the George Washington National Forest, the Inn is perfectly situated near exceptional hiking, mountain and road biking, and kayaking, to name a few.  Not only will you find outdoor adventures, but by staying at the inn you’ll be rewarded at the conclusion of a full day with a farm fresh meal and a delicious beverage at the Waterwheel Restaurant.

Day 1

Fueled by freshly brewed coffee and our scrumptious continental breakfast, hit the road down to Covington, VA, and jump on the Jackson River Scenic Trail.  Rent a bike from Alleghany Outdoors and hit the 13-mile trail.  Along the way, you’ll pass picnic tables if you want to enjoy a lunch on the trail while watching the beautiful Jackson River float by.

Day 2

Wake early and enjoy the cool mountain air in a short walk around the village of Warm Springs.  Following another bountiful breakfast at the inn head out for a hike on the great trails that exist around Warm Springs.  We suggested a walk up to Flag Rock (pro-tip take the fire road from the Dan Ingall’s parking lot for an uphill hike that won’t tire you out too much).  Or visit Hidden Valley for some great trails perfect for all levels of hikers.  

Following your outdoor adventures, you might want to soothe your aching muscles with a hot stone massage from the Warm Spirit Spa, and after a full day unwind at the Gristmill with a delightful dinner at the Waterwheel Restaurant.

With your adventurous spirit, you’ll love signing up for some of these annual events that take place near the inn each year:

Alternative Adventure Ideas: