Set in the heart of Bath County, the historic town of Hot Springs is nestled within the Allegheny Mountains. Surrounded by forests, valleys and rolling hills, there are so many fun things to do in Hot Springs, especially for outdoor adventurers.
Attracting tourists since the 1700s, Hot Springs is home to an abundance of natural thermal springs. For centuries, people have flocked to the area to experience the healing powers of this mineral-rich water.
Even today, Hot Springs is still one of the most visited destinations in Virginia. Aside from the springs, the town now also offers a fantastic range of activities and attractions, all year round. In our latest blog post, we take a look at some of the best things to do in Hot Springs, Virginia.
The best things to do in Hot Springs
Hit the slopes
Receiving an average of 50 inches of natural snowfall each year, skiing is one of the most popular things to do in Hot Springs. The Omni Homestead Resort is a fantastic spot for skiing and snowboarding. With more than 45 acres of trails, this family-friendly resort has slopes to suit all ability levels. There is a relaxed and uncrowded area for beginners, as well as 10 downhill ski runs.
Away from the slopes, the Homestead Resort also offers a variety of different winter sports and activities. There is a dedicated tubing park, an Olympic-sized ice rink – even mini snowmobiles for kids! Post-skiing, you can head to the resort’s signature winter restaurant, The Mountain Lodge. With slow-smoked dishes and classic Southern sides, this is the perfect spot to get cozy and relax!
Play golf on a championship course
Hot Springs in Virginia is home to some of the finest golf courses in America. Within the Omni Homestead Resort, you will find two championship courses, Cascades and Old Course. Surrounded by the Allegheny Mountains, both courses offer immaculate greens and beautiful panoramic views. Due to their close proximity to Washington DC, these historic golf courses have previously challenged a number of US presidents, from Howard Taft to Dwight D. Eisenhower!
You don’t have to be a guest at the Homestead to use the facilities. If you’d prefer to stay in self-catering accommodation, we offer a great range of luxury vacation homes, just minutes away from the resort.
Relax and rejuvenate
There are seven hot springs located between Warm Springs and Hot Springs in Virginia. First discovered in the 1700s, these hot pools are proven to have healing properties. The naturally warm water has a high concentration of minerals which increases relaxation – and does wonders for your skin and hair!
Although the most famous of the Virginia springs are located in the nearby town of Warm Springs, The Homestead Resort in Hot Springs has access to some of the oldest in the country. With spring-fed pools, hot tubs and showers, the resort spa is the perfect place to enjoy these natural healing waters. To feel fully rejuvenated, you can even follow your dip with a mud wrap or massage!
Take a hike
If you’re looking for things to do in Hot Springs, hiking is a must! There are over 160 miles of hiking trails in the Hot Springs area, with routes to accommodate every ability. Featuring snow-capped mountains and storybook forests, each trail offers amazing views of the tranquil surroundings. Whichever trail you take, you can also expect to see a variety of wildlife. Whitetail deer, wild turkey and black bears are all local to the area.
Feel the spray of Falling Spring Falls
Just a short drive from Hot Springs, you will discover Falling Spring Falls. One of the most scenic locations in Virginia, this breathtaking 80-foot waterfall is tucked within the Alleghany Highlands. Thomas Jefferson himself once visited the waterfall, describing it as a “remarkable cascade”!
Unlike many waterfalls, Spring Falls is easily accessible from the road – no hiking is required! One of the most visited spots in the state, there is a designated overlook for visitors to admire the magnificent view safely. The surrounding scenery is particularly breathtaking during fall!
Catch some live music
Situated in the Allegheny Mountains, the Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs is an amazing place to experience some live music. Founded in 1973, this picturesque concert hall is renowned for its world-class performances, educational programs and exceptional hospitality. The venue hosts over 60 events every year, from classical concertos to lively jazz festivals. There are different shows on all year round, so it is worth checking out what’s on during your visit!
Explore the George Washington National Forest
Just 17 miles from Hot Springs, the George Washington National Forest covers 1.8 million acres of land. Straddling the states of Virginia and West Virginia, this enormous forest encompasses 17 different counties and 326 mountains!
Home to beautiful woodland, spectacular scenery and an abundance of wildlife, this national forest has more than 2000 miles of hiking trails to explore. Whether you prefer a relaxing stroll, or a more difficult climb, there are trails to suit everyone. If you’re up for a challenge, the forest contains Virginia’s highest peak, Mount Rogers. With a summit elevation of 5729 feet, this mountain offers incredible views across the Appalachian wilderness.
Soar above the trees
If you’d prefer to take in the mountainous views from above, why not try a zip tour! Hosted by the Homestead Resort, the Ridge Runner Zip Tour will take you on an exhilarating adventure, high above the treetops. Starting at the top of the resort’s ski area, certified guides will lead you through a series of zip lines, sharing interesting facts about the area as you go! With breathtaking views at every twist and turn, ziplining in Hot Springs is an experience you will never forget!
Discover Lake Moomaw
Just half an hour from Hot Springs, Lake Moomaw is hidden in the depths of the Appalachian Mountains. Surrounded by thick woodland and incredible views, this hidden gem is one of the most beautiful destinations in Virginia. The lake is home to a number of hiking trails, and has facilities for camping, boating and water sports.
One of the most popular activities in Lake Moomaw is fishing. Covering 2,530 acres, with a depth of 152ft, this lake is an angler’s paradise! As the water is deep enough for both warm and cold-water fish, there are a number of different species residing beneath the surface. The lake is renowned for trout fishing; brook, brown and rainbow trout all thrive here.
You can easily fish from the expansive shoreline, but if you want to head out on the water, boats, pontoons and kayaks are available to rent from the on-site marina. For a stress-free trip, be sure to organize a Virginia fishing permit before you arrive!
Plan a road trip
Bordered by majestic mountains and dense forestry, the quiet winding roads in Bath County are perfect for a road trip! There’s a number of scenic driving routes that loop through town, all of which reveal sweeping vistas of the surrounding countryside. In addition to the exquisite views, each route will also take you past rushing rivers, historic structures and charming towns. Whichever journey you take, there will be plenty of places to pull over and explore, so don’t forget your camera!
One of the most rewarding (and relaxing) ways to experience the hidden backcountry of Virginia is on horseback. There are a huge number of riding trails running throughout Hot Springs, all packed with amazing views and unique landscapes.
There is an equestrian center at the Homestead Resort, but there are also a number of independent stables close by. You will be able to choose from a range of different tours and experiences, all led by a local guide. Whichever route you take, every journey is guaranteed to take you through some of Virginia’s most beautiful countryside!
Take to the water
Situated just minutes from the village of Hot Springs, Jackson River is a major hub for water-based adventures. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, this famous river is a hot spot for tubing, canoeing and kayaking.
Although you can venture out alone, there is a contracted company that run a number of activities in the Jackson River valley. Located just minutes from the Homestead Resort, Alleghany Outdoors offer a variety of different trips and experiences, to suit all ages. Activities are self-guided, but this company will provide all the equipment you need to stay safe – and have a good time!
Where to stay in Hot Springs
If you want to vacation in true Virginian style, we recommend booking a private rental. Top Villas offer a great selection of beautiful accommodation in Hot Springs.
Selected for both convenience and style, our vacation homes in Hot Springs provide a relaxing escape from everyday life. From cozy cottages to rural ranches, these homes are filled with traditional comforts – and modern amenities!
Hot Springs 4
- 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Situated in the Home Preserves Sheep Meadow, this breathtaking five-bedroom home is less than a mile from The Homestead Resort.
Hot Springs 3
- 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10
With miles of hiking trails and a river in the grounds, this 400-acre mountaintop ranch is perfect for guests hoping to make the most of the great outdoors!
Hot Springs 10
- 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
This charming cottage is located directly opposite the Old Dairy Community Center. As a guest here, you can enjoy access to all of the center’s amenities, including a summer-use pool, gym, sauna and game room.
Hot Springs 8
- 1 bedroom | sleeps 2
This traditional cabin is in the grounds of the River Ridge Ranch. Guests can enjoy getting back to nature, exploring the ranch or fishing on the nearby Cowpasture River.
Book a stay in Hot Springs
When you book with us, not only will you get beautiful accommodation at great prices, you’ll also benefit from amazing round-the-clock customer service. Whether you’d prefer a mansion in the mountains or a cute cabin for two, our expert team will help you find the right home.
With Top Villas, booking a stay couldn’t be easier. Just follow our simple online booking process and you can secure your dream vacation home instantly without any phone calls or fuss. Our website makes it easy to check availability, get a quote and book instantly online. Alternatively, you can submit an enquiry and we’ll get straight back to you.
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