Things to Do

Whether you crave thrilling adventures, exceptional entertainment, historic charm, peaceful relaxation, or breathtaking scenery, Bath County has something for everyone.

Explore Bath County, Virginia

Small City. Big Attraction.

While The Inn at Gristmill Square provides a cozy retreat, the surrounding area offers an array of captivating attractions and activities. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply looking for some local flavor, there’s something for everyone just a stone’s throw away from our charming inn located in Warm Springs, Virginia.

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A building with a pool

Warm Springs Pools

Discover the iconic Warm Spring Pools at the Omni Homestead Resort, formerly known as the Jefferson Pools in Hot Springs, Virginia. Renovated to honor their historical significance, these mineral-rich waters once frequented by Thomas Jefferson now invite guests to unwind and rejuvenate in their soothing embrace.


Troddenvale at Oakley Farm

Visit Troddenvale at Oakley Farm in the historic North Stable for a delightful experience. Reserve your spot for Saturdays from 1 to 5pm to indulge in cider tastings at their Cider Bar, complemented by a selection of local cheeses and gourmet crackers. Their Wine Shop offers curated wines for onsite enjoyment or to-go. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are recommended for Saturdays.
A sampling of different drinks

The Garden Room & Cafe

Explore a charming selection of handmade home and garden décor, unique gifts, luxurious personal care items, and artisanal foods sourced locally. Peruse a curated collection of stationery and immerse yourself in the beauty of thoughtful craftsmanship. Afterward, treat yourself to a culinary delight at the café, where you’ll find limited seasonal offerings crafted with care and creativity.


George Washington National Forest

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.

A hiking trail going through the forest
Group on horse back

Appalachian Horse Adventures

Experience the stunning beauty of Virginia’s countryside with Appalachian Horse Adventures. They offer authentic trail rides led by guides with over 50 years of experience. Whether you have an hour or a full day, they have various options for you and your party to plan your perfect adventure.


Historical Society Museum

Begin your journey into Bath County’s rich history at the Historical Society Museum. Immerse yourself in the stories, artifacts, and exhibits that chronicle the captivating past of our community. From tales of pioneering settlers to the echoes of bygone eras, the museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the heritage that has shaped the beautiful region of Bath County.

Antique dresses
Couple on a hike

Douthat State Park

A traditional family park since 1936, Douthat is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for the role its design played in the development of parks nationwide. Located in the midst of some of Virginia’s most breathtaking mountain scenery, visitors can enjoy four miles of stream fishing, a 50-acre lake stocked with trout, a sandy swimming beach with a snack bar, boat rentals, a gift shop, and more than 43 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and bridle trails.


Alleghany Outdoors Adventures

Alleghany Outdoors rents kayaks, tubes, bikes, and rafts for your perfect trip in the Jackson River valley. They are the contracted concessionaire outfitter of Alleghany County Parks and Recreation Department to provide both river and bike trail experiences for locals and tourists visiting the area. They also offer paddle trips on the 11 mile stretch of the Jackson River from Smith Bridge to Intervale two miles upstream of Covington, VA.

Women and Man kayaking down a river
Fly fishing for trout


Bath County is known for some of the best fishing east of the Mississippi. With crystal clear rivers, lakes, ponds, and streams, this area is home to brown trout, speckled trout, large and smallmouth bass, channel catfish, redear sunfish, crappie, and alewife. Head out to one of many great areas to fish such as Blowing SpringsDominion Back Creek areaHidden ValleyPoor FarmTomahawk RanchLake Moomaw, the lower Jackson River, and Cowpasture River at Walton Tract, just to name a few.


The Warm Spirit Spa

Indulge in pure relaxation and luxury at The Warm Spirit Spa, where tranquility awaits to whisk you away from the stresses of daily life. Whether you seek a rejuvenating solo massage or a romantic spa experience with your partner, their wide range of services cater to your unique desires, ensuring a blissful and tranquil experience tailored just for you.

Massage treatment