FLY FISHING IN VIRGINIA AT MEADOW LANE
While there are many activities to experience on your own at Meadow Lane lodge, Natural Retreats Outfitters holds the exclusive right to guide on the estate. We also have exclusive guiding rights to over 2 additional privately held miles of the Jackson River, just a few miles north of the retreat, a partnership with The Nature Conservancy to lead guided excursions within the 9250-acre Warm Springs Mountain Preserve, and a prime Main Street, Hot Springs location for The Outfitters retail shop. We offer a wide variety of guided experiences including fly fishing, horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, camping and mountain biking.
MEADOW LANE LODGING GUESTS ALWAYS RECEIVE 50% OFF ROD FEES!
Virginia Hot Springs and the Allegheny Mountains have long been called an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Now Natural Retreats and Meadow Lane Lodge and Cottages have partnered to bring you yet another breath-taking venue that invites you and your family to explore the great outdoors. Meadow Lane Lodge and Cottages is a romantic, peaceful, mountain setting just fifteen minutes from downtown Hot Springs. The unspoilt, fourteen acre site is ideal for getting out and enjoying yourself. There are a variety of ways to experience nature–on foot, horseback, a bicycle or fishing on our private stretch of the Jackson River. Meadow Lane Lodge and Cottages is inspiring no matter how you choose to enjoy it. Two-and-one-half private miles of the Jackson River wind through the estate, stocked with a variety of Rainbow, Brown, and offering every level of fun and challenge for the beginner to the expert fly fisher. Professional Guides are available to make your experience all the more memorable. Guiding services are provided through our Natural Retreats Outfitters. If you prefer seeing the Meadow Lane on dry land, the farm is filled with over twelve miles of hiking, horseback riding and mountain bike trails. Follow these lovingly maintained pathways through shaded forests to breath-taking vistas, past blackberry patches, amongst wide open pasture, and along the river’s edge. Each path leads to a new and exhilarating discovery.
*While fishing is open all summer long, due to the warm water we do not stock trout during this time. Bass and sunfish are typically available to catch.*
Rod fee program for Meadow Lane Anglers
- $100 – peak season (March 1st - June 15th) & (September 1st - November 30th)
- $50 – off-peak season (December 1st - February 28th) & (June 16th - August 31st)
- Click here to view our River Map and to learn more about our Rod Fee Program.
Meadow Lane Lodging Guests Always Receive 50% off Rod Fees!
Guest staying at Meadow Lane Lodge or Cottages will enjoy 50% off rod fees in both peak and off-peak season. Rod slots are limited to 8 per day, and may be reserved in the morning (sunrise – 12pm), afternoon (12pm – sunset), or Full-day (sunrise – sunset). That’s just $25 during off-season!
All Anglers must have a valid Meadow Lane Fishing Stamp.
NATURAL RETREATS OUTFITTERS
While there are many activities to experience on your own at Meadow Lane, Natural Retreats Outfitters is the only branded guiding service in the region. We have exclusive guiding rights to over 2.5 privately held miles of the Jackson River, an exclusive partnership with The Nature Conservancy to lead guided excursions within the 1400-acre Warm Springs Mountain Preserve, and a prime Main Street, Hot Springs location for The Outfitters retail shop. We offer a wide variety of guided experiences including fly fishing, horseback riding, hiking, and mountain biking. Choosing to vacation in the Virginia Hot Springs region means opening up all four seasons of the year. In spring our fly fishing experience is at its peak and the warming temperatures beckon us all to go outside and play! In summer, the waters of Bath County come alive with kayaking, canoeing around Lake Moomaw and on the tail waters of the Jackson River. In fall, the region bursts alive with and endless vista of colored leaves; making it a perfect time of year for a guided mountain bike ride, a scenic drive through this historic landscape, or an adventurous hike along our more than 100 miles of organized trails. Winter brings families from all over the world to enjoy the holidays in Virginia Hot Springs. Snowy conditions bring about skiing, skating, tubing and snowshoeing excursions both here in the Homestead Resort area and at our neighboring resort of Snowshoe, West Virginia. Our Natural Retreats Outfitters opens the door to all of these activities with both guided and unguided opportunities throughout the year; making it all that much easier for all of our guests to step into the outdoors with confidence. Our Natural Retreats Guides have been recognized as some of the most knowledgeable, patient, and enthusiastic in the business. Our goal at The Outfitters is to provide you with the highest quality experience, tailor-made to exceed your expectations! We invite you to experience the grandeur of Virginia Hot Springs with one of our highly qualified guides by your side.
What better opportunity could there be for parents to bond with their children than by spending time hiking through scenic trails, biking across the Allegheny Mountains, or fishing and canoeing on the Jackson River? Virginia Hot Springs provides it all — fun, fitness and sporting pursuits in simply incredible environments.
Meadow Lane Carriage Rides
For couples seeking a romantic evening or families just looking for a great way to unwind after a day of hiking or fishing, a Meadow Lane Carriage Ride is the way to go! For an hour, join the magnificent Haflinger horses, Annie and Bud, as you journey through the amazing bucolic scenery of hay fields, river sides, and deep valley views. Photography opportunities are endless. One of our carriage trails even stops off at Natural Retreats’ fire pit for s’mores! Perfect for late afternoon and evening rides. Carriage rides are $225 and can seat up to four people (up to five with two child passengers). Guests will meet at Meadow Lane’s barn for pick up. Total activity time is 2 hours and carriage rides operate Tuesday through Saturday.
Warm Springs Mountain Preserve
Natural Retreats enjoys the exclusive right to guide our guests within The Nature Conservancy’s Warm Springs Mountain Preserve. Please contact your Personal Concierge or General Manager directly for more information on how you can take advantage of this rare opportunity to hike, mountain bike, ride horseback throughout and even overnight camp with our expert Outfitters. Atop Warm Springs Mountain Preserve, one gazes across a sea of ridges rolling to the horizon—an unexpected, unbroken forest in a well-traversed part of America. The view was much the same for the native Algonquin people, who called these mountains Allegheny, meaning “endless.” Since the 1800s, people have sought rejuvenation and recreation here, including Thomas Jefferson, who found these highlands both therapeutic and inspiring. Today, these historic highlands are also recognized as one of North America’s richest natural treasures. At Warm Springs Mountain and across the Allegheny Highlands, The Nature Conservancy works to preserve the region’s beauty and diversity of life for future generations. Visiting Warm Springs Mountain Preserve’s The Ingalls Overlook Trail, near the north end of the preserve, provides an excellent introduction to the mountain. This well-marked 1.2-mile path (2.4 miles round trip) begins at the Dan Ingalls Overlook on Route 39. The first section is designed to enhance your appreciation of the mountain’s natural features and deepen your understanding of threats to its health and diversity. Interpretive signs explain invasive species, forest succession, species identification and other ecological issues. The path then winds upward through a series of scenic rock formations before looping back to the main trail and returning to the overlook. AmeriCorps volunteers helped complete the trail in spring 2004, and it is now open to the public daily, from dawn to dusk, for hiking and nature study. Education and outreach are priorities for the Allegheny Highlands Program, so the Conservancy also offers a slate of guided hikes, providing visitors with opportunities to explore many facets of the mountain. From spring wildflowers to birding to forest ecology, the field trip themes cater to a wide variety of interests.
Experience music as it was meant to be heard
Natural Retreats is a proud sponsor of Garth Newel Music Center! From its acoustically-amazing horse barn, to its gourmet chef, Garth Newel offers the most wonderfully under-stated, naturally beautiful, and serene landscape for music and dining just about anywhere. Garth Newel hosts regular weekend concerts from spring through New Year’s, including entertainment by guest artists from around the globe. And chamber music isn’t all Garth Newel serves up. They also feature everything from jazz quartets to swirling Flamenco dancers and host instrumental workshops for both adults and college students. Garth Newel is located in the west central portion of Virginia and is easily accessible from Interstate 81 and Interstate 64 by U.S. Route 220. We’re 75 miles north of Roanoke, Virginia; 160 miles west of Richmond; 275 miles west of Norfolk; 200 miles southwest of Washington, D.C.; 210 miles south of Pittsburgh; 180 miles north of Greensboro, North Carolina; and 150 miles east of Charleston, West Virginia. The entrance to Garth Newel is clearly marked on Route 220, half-way between Hot Springs and Warm Springs, Virginia. The address is Garth Newel Music Center, Warm Springs, VA. Call on 540-839-5018. Virginia Blues and Jazz Festival: Two days of music on the side of Warm Springs Mountain, held in June. Spring Music Holiday Weekends, from April to June: On Fridays and Saturdays cocktails are served at 6pm. The concert begins at 7pm followed by a gourmet dinner with wine. Some weekends also have a Sunday morning concert and brunch. Fall Music Holiday Weekends, from October to November The air is crisp and the trees are ablaze in color. Thanksgiving and New Year There’s no better place to spend the holidays than Garth Newel Music Center. The festivities are full of music, food, drink and laughter. It’s a perfect celebration for the entire family. Call for pricing. Please make your reservations early as we often sell out!
The hot pools and spas of Bath
Hot Springs is so named because the region has several natural warm and hot pools in which to bathe. The Jefferson Pools, named after Thomas Jefferson, are supported by pool houses in which to change before relaxing in the invigorating waters. People have been taking to the waters in Bath for centuries. The warm and hot springs that seep and bubble to the earth’s surface in the Warm Springs Valley were once the sacred place of Native Americans and later the medicinal and recreational pools of well-to-do European Americans. Today visitors to Bath County can partake of the healing waters of old or enjoy new spa luxuries ranging from hot stone massage to aromatherapy under the quiet slopes of the Alleghenies.
Warm Spirit Spa
The therapists at the Warm Spirits Spa have over 22 years of massage therapy experience. They are Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia and certified as LaStone Therapists. In addition, they hold individual certifications in Reiki, Kobido, Reflexology and Kripalu Yoga instruction. Let the magic and experience of these therapists transform your time in Bath County to relaxing memories. Private spa services from Warm Spirit Spa may be reserved at the private Warm Springs Dairy facilities. Simply contact our Concierge Team for assistance!
Old Dairy Community Center
The Old Dairy Community Center, located on Route 220 South, just 5 miles from Hot Springs, is available for special functions and family gatherings. Please contact our Event Specialist on 1.877.805.7794. for pricing and availability. The address is The Old Dairy Community Center, 47 Old Dairy Road, Warm Springs VA 24484. The following amenities are available at the Old Dairy Community Center for Homestead Preserve property owners and their Natural Retreats guests: Swimming pool: The swimming pool is open every day from 10am until 6pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Please use the restrooms and locker rooms in the fitness center. Swimming is at the swimmer’s own risk. Children under 16 are not permitted in the pool area without adult supervision. Children in diapers must wear swim diapers while in the pool. Glass objects, drinking glasses, and sharp objects are not permitted in the pool area. Spa and fitness center: Children under 16 are not permitted in the spa or fitness center without adult supervision. Please let us know immediately if equipment is not functioning properly. Games room: A pool table, large screen TV, board games, and puzzles are available for your recreational enjoyment. Children under 16 are not permitted in the game room without adult supervision. General rules:
- Children under 16 are not permitted to be in buildings or on the grounds without adult supervision.
- Smoking is not permitted on the grounds or in the buildings at Old Dairy.
- Please report all accidents, no matter how slight, to Association staff.
- Animals (other than qualified service animals) are not permitted at the Community Center, except under special circumstances when authorized by the Association. Any person who brings an animal to the Community Center premises is responsible for any damage or injury caused by the animal.
Note: We are unable to provide staff to supervise the recreational facilities at the Old Dairy Community Center during most of the hours we are open, so we must have guidelines to ensure safety and appropriate use of equipment and space. Please help us keep this facility open for your enjoyment by following the guidelines as outlined above.
Sports and adventure
If swinging a nine iron is your thing, The Old Course and The Cascades Golf Course are both within driving distance of the Hot Springs retreat. Off the green and into the blue, with swimming opportunities at the Dominion Back Creek Recreational Area and the lake’s beach at Douthat State Park. The teens in your family might appreciate the Bath County Skateboard Park on Panther Drive, and you can ride on wheels of a different size by taking your mountain bikes to the Bolar Mountain Recreational Area in Warm Springs to find panoramic views of Lake Moomaw and Gaithright Dam.
George Washington National Forest and Lake Moomaw
The George Washington National Forest covers more than 170,000 acres in Bath County, offering outdoor recreation galore, from boating on Lake Moomaw to fishing in the premier trout waters of the Jackson River. More than 120 miles of secluded and sparsely traveled hiking and biking trails offer long blue Allegheny Mountain vistas, access to unusual blowing springs, and views of high elevation cranberry bogs. The Nature Conservancy’s Warm Springs Mountain Preserve protects 13 miles of fragile mountain ridgeline, including a high elevation Appalachian forest of rare montane pine barren, some of which you can explore along the Ingalls Overlook Trail. Lake lovers will treasure Bath’s mountain waters from 2,500-acre Lake Moomaw with its marina and boat rental facilities to a lazy paddle by canoe across the lake at Douthat State Park. The Dominion Back Creek Recreation Area provides access to two stocked lakes in a stunning natural setting beneath Back Creek Mountain. Come out and enjoy the great outdoors on the beautiful Warm Springs Ranger District. Some of the best trout streams in the state run through this area of the forest and some of these streams feed into Lake Moomaw. Lake Moomaw offers boating, water skiing and swimming, in addition to fishing. Several nearby developed campgrounds offer a good place to stay while you enjoy the outdoors. You will discover that the abundance of roads open during hunting season, and isolated places to hike into, together with plentiful game make the district a great place to hunt. There are many good places for horseback riding and hiking on over 120 miles of trails, or you can travel around the back roads by automobile and enjoy the beautiful scenery. The district is rich in both cultural and natural history. Visit these pages to see the opportunity to view the natural wonders and historic sites that are available to you.
Warm Springs Ranger District
The Warm Springs Ranger District is located in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of west central Virginia. It lies within the Bath and Highland Counties of Virginia. The district is bisected north to south by US 220 north of Interstate 64 and east to west by Virginia Highway 39 west of Interstate 81. These roads cross at Warm Springs.
Douthat State Park, high in the Allegheny Mountains
Douthat State Park’s 4,493 acres embraces some of Virginia’s most outstanding mountain scenery. Visitors may enjoy dining at the Lakeview Restaurant, or a quick refreshment at the Beach Snack Bar. You will also find water bikes, paddle boats, canoes and row boats available for rental. Visitors may also bring their own water craft (must be electric powered). Douthat offers more than 40 miles of hike and bike trails, conference facilities and catering services to its guests. Add to this the spectacular Douthat Lake spillway waterfall and you’ve got all the ingredients for a breathtaking and memorable family vacation experience. All facilities are open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The park is open year round for day use until 10PM. Please check with the park office for other seasonal restrictions. For information and reservations, call 1-800-933-PARK.
DOMINION BACK CREEK RECREATION AREA
Cradled in Virginia’s rugged Allegheny Mountains, the world’s most powerful pumped storage generating station quietly balances the electricity needs of millions of homes and businesses across six states. The Bath County Pumped Storage Station, which went into operation in 1985, is jointly owned by Dominion and the operating companies of the Allegheny Power System, and managed by Dominion Generation. This mammoth station was cited as one of the nation’s most outstanding 1985 engineering achievements. The earth and rock fill moved to construct the dams and other project facilities, if piled up, would create a mountain 1,000 feet (305 meters) high. Enough concrete was poured to build 200 miles (322 kilometers) of interstate highway. The station consists of two large reservoirs — one 1,262 feet (385 meters) higher than the other, a massive power house and the huge tunnels that connect them. When demand is low, water is pumped from the lower reservoir to the upper one. When demand is high, valves permit water to run through the tunnels to the lower reservoir at a rate as high as 14.5 million gallons (915 cubic meters/second) per minute, turning six 350-megawatt turbine generators. The water level in the 265-acre upper reservoir can fluctuate as much as 60 feet when the unit is operated. The Bath County Pumped Storage Station is nearly surrounded by the George Washington National Forest and was built in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service. Occupying a relatively small amount of land, it has had minimal adverse effect on the environment. Flows to both streams, Back Creek and Little Back Creek, are supplemented by storage from the station reservoirs. This significantly improves stream flow during periods of drought and enhances the environment for fish and other aquatic life. The extreme fluctuations in water levels in the two reservoirs make them unsuitable for recreation. However, a separate 325-acre (1.32sq. kilometers) public recreation area containing two lakes is located just downstream from the lower dam. The area has facilities for fishing, non-power boating, picnicsing, swimming, hiking and camping. The recreation area is open on a seasonal basis only.
Hiking the Alleghany Highlands
Bath County, Virginia, is one of the best hiking spots in the state for those who want to escape the crowds of more populated mountain destinations. With more than 150 miles of trails, some of which are open to mountain biking and horseback riding, the opportunities for quiet walks or rides in the woods or more challenging treks up mountain ridgelines are endless. Hidden Valley Trail: 4 miles (easy) Accessible from the Hidden Valley Recreation Area parking lot, this trail follows the Jackson River along an old road bed, passes through open fields, across a swinging bridge, and offers many opportunities for wildlife and wildflower viewing. Bolar Mountain Loop Trail: 2 miles (moderate to difficult) This trail is accessible across the road from the beach picnic area parking lot at the Bolar Mountain Recreation Area at Lake Moomaw. It leads to stunning views of Lake Moomaw from the Grouse Point Overlook and the Islands Overlook. Shenandoah Mountain Trail-South: 24 miles (moderate to difficult) The southern terminus is accessible from Route 678 or 627 (trailheads unmarked). It follows the ridgeline of Shenandoah Mountain at elevations up to 4,000 feet, offering stunning views west into the Jackson River Valley and east into the Cowpasture River Valley. This trail is perfect for an overnight trip or broken into shorter day hikes. For trail maps, visit the Warm Springs Ranger District office of the George Washington National Forest off Route 220 in Healing Springs or call 540-839-2521.