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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.

For more about fly fishing please call +1 877-805-7794.

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MEADOW LANE LODGING GUESTS ALWAYS RECEIVE 50% OFF ROD FEES!

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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

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.

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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.

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FLY FISHING

Enjoy one of the East Coast’s finest trout rivers in Virginia Hot Springs. With over two and a half miles of private, exclusive access to the Upper Jackson River, we are able to ensure that every guest’s retreat will be a memorable one.

*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.*

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HIKING

The George Washington National Forest presents hikers with great diversity and landscapes that range from cascading gorges to high mountain vistas and easy strolls along the Jackson River. Natural Outfitters will guide you on the perfect hike.

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BIKING

Whether you are interested in the rugged 2000′ climbs of Douthat or are more entertained by the thought of an easy cruise along the Jackson River through the Hidden Valley gorge, Natural Retreats can easily find a bike rental that fits your needs and skill level.

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KAYAKING

The Lower Jackson tailwater provides 17 miles of the area’s best canoeing and kayaking water. Consistent flows, picturesque landscapes, and colder water temperatures provide one of the best ways to enjoy the summer’s heat.

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HORSEBACK RIDING

The 200 square miles of publicly accessible land invites riders to truly explore, dream and discover. Given the vastness of these public lands, you will be hard-pressed to find another rider on the trail. Let us arrange boarding for your favorite companion among our selected locations in the area and enjoy the best of what Virginia Hot Springs has to offer by horseback.

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PADDLEBOARDING

Stand-up Paddle boarding (SUP) is a fun and easy sport that the whole family can enjoy. The boards are very stable and require no prior board experience. Come try one of the most exciting new sports to hit the waters of Lake Moomaw in one of the most scenic locations imaginable. Only from the vantage point of a stand up paddleboard (SUP) can visitors get a true sense of what Lake Moomaw’s incredible clarity means as one explores the flora and fauna.  The Outfitter’s paddleboard rentals are available on a half-day rate of $60 and daily basis for $95 for unguided outings. Guided lessons start at $45/hr with a 2 hour minimum.

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NATIONAL & STATE PARKS 

Douthat State Park is only a short distance away and has 4,493 acres of some of Virginia’s most outstanding mountain scenery. Less than an hour from Hot Springs are two of the most scenic drives on the east coast, the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive. And of course, there is the George Washington National Forest for your enjoyment as well.

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GOLFING

Two of the Homestead Resort’s 18 hole golf courses have hosted the PGA Tour and the legendary golfer, Sam Snead who lived his entire life nearby. The Cascades Course has hosted a number of USGA championship games, while the Old Course has the country’s oldest first tee in continuous use.

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NATURAL HOT SPRINGS

Vacation travelers have been taking to the waters in Bath County for centuries. The warm and hot springs that seep and bubble to the earth’s surface in Virginia’s Warm Springs Valley, were once the sacred place of Native Americans and later the medicinal and recreational pools of well-to-do European Americans.

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OLD DAIRY CENTER

With a full fitness center, beautiful hot tub, sauna as well as private massage rooms for booking a session you can’t go wrong here. Keep the kids entertained at the large pool with additional children’s pool or in the fully equipped game room. Play pool, watch the football game, test your skills at scrabble or sit by the fire in this beautifully restored building at the Old Dairy.

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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.

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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!

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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.

 

To make reservations for any of these activities, call the Concierge Team at 1(877) 805-7794. Or email us at concierge@naturalretreats.com.