Your Guide to The Homestead Preserve
with xplore expert Colleen

Why We Love The Homestead Preserve

Surrounded by millions of acres of National Forest, Virginia's Homestead Preserve is the perfect destination for a relaxing getaway. Explore on horseback, float down the river, or play a round of golf on a nationally-renown course. The Homestead Preserve is brimming with fun and adventure for everyone to enjoy. To help you make the most of your trip, our Xplore team expert, Colleen, has complied a sample 3-day itinerary with some of our favorite things to experience at The Homestead Preserve.

In the heart of the Allegheny Mountains, the Homestead Preserve is the ideal getaway for couples and families alike. Featuring wooded seclusion and stunning views, guests can explore the trails of Douthat State Park, fish for trout in Lake Moomaw, and soak in the waters of the Jefferson Pools. The lush, rolling mountains will provide the perfect backdrop for your much needed getaway. Our handpicked homes come with access to the Warm Springs Dairy Community Center, complete with a fitness center, spa, sauna, game room, and pools. On-site, the Milk House Market prepares gourmet sandwiches and treats, and can even prepare a personalized picnic basket for your day in the state park. The Homestead Preserve is a little slice of heaven with everything you need to perfect your dream getaway.

Day 1

Take a Hike

Admire stunning views of Virginia's Allegheny Mountains while enjoying the great outdoors.

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Flag Rock Trail

This 1.4 mile hike offers a challenging trek and offers a breathtaking, well-deserved 180-degree view from the overlook. Pick up a picnic lunch from the Milk House Market and make a day of it.

02

Jefferson Pools

Soothe your tired muscles with a soak in the natural mineral waters of the Jefferson Pools. A local staple for over 200 years, these pools are the perfect way to reward youselves after a day on the trails.

03

Cuccis at the Varsity

End your evening with casual, Italian dining at Cucci's on the Varsity on Sam Snead Highway. Known for traditional favorites, and homemade dressings, soups, sandwiches you're sure to leave with satisfied taste buds.

See the Beauty of the Waterfalls

Day 2

Experience Douthat State Park

Take advantage of the boundless beauty in Bath County and explore the park.

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Douthat State Park

Choose to hike one of the many trails, admire the fantastic Lake Moomaw, or settle on a quiet bank for some fishing. The opportunity for fun and excitement are endless in Douthat.

02

Fishing in Douthat State Park

The Douthat Lake and adjoining Wilson Creek are stocked with trout on a regular basis to accommodate your fishing needs. Be sure to have a valid Virginia State fishing license before your trip, as it is required to fish in the park.

03

Milk House Market

Appease your hunger with a visit to the Milk House Market. Choose from a variety of house-made sandwiches and salads, and top off your meal with locally made ice cream from the Homestead Creamery.

The State Park Lake

Day 3

Uncover The Hidden Valley

A scenic walk along the river to the Hidden Valley Dispersed Recreational Area is the best way to start the day.

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The Hidden Valley Recreation Area

Tucked in the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests, this stunning valley attracts visitors from across the country to enjoy the quiet seclusion. Visitors can fish in the Jackson River, picnic under the shade of the trees, or explore the many hiking trails on foot, bike, or horse.

02

Old Dairy Community Center

Spend the afternoon enjoying the on-site amenities at the Homestead Preserve's very own Old Dairy. Once the epicenter of Virginia's dairy production, today, it has been revamped to cater to our guests' needs, complete with a fitness center, a large, outdoor pool, and a game room.

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The Waterwheel Restaurant

Complete your stay with a delectable dinner at a local favorite. With a variety of options to appeal to all and the finest selections of wine in Western Virginia, you're sure you end your Homestead Preserve visit on a high note.

Muddy Run Trail

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Our Top 3's in the Area

Colleen

US Xplore Team

I love exploring on horseback, and the food at the Milk House Market. My kids love the game room in the Old Dairy Community Center. "

Colleen possesses a deep love of the outdoors, specifically horseback riding, travel, and hospitality. She is excited to immerse herself into, and learn about, new cultures and customs.