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Bath County, Virginia is a land blessed with rushing rivers, abundant forests, gorgeous mountains, warm and hot flowing springs, and country folks anxious to make you feel right at home.
Famous for its mineral springs, outdoor recreation and cultural heritage, the County of Bath is a captivating, four-season destination nestled in the scenic Alleghany Highlands of Virginia. Bath County is recognized as a major outdoor recreational and resort destination in the scenic Allegheny Mountains of Virginia. Rich with lush forests, rushing crystal rivers, hot and warm springs, and beautiful mountain scenery, it is home to fabulous hotels, rustic lodges, and quaint bed and breakfasts.
Bath County is located in the west central portion of Virginia. It is easily accessible from Interstate 81 and Interstate 64 by U.S. Route 220. With the changing seasons come opportunities for a wide variety of activities such as hunting, fishing, golfing, hiking, horseback riding, birding, canoeing, kayaking, spelunking, bicycling, skiing, and skating. Elevations in Bath County range from 4,477 feet above sea level atop Paddy Knob to 1,140 above sea level where the Cowpasture River flows into Alleghany County.
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SKYLINE DRIVE... The Skyline Drive runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park and is the only public road through the park. You can enter Shenandoah at four places: Front Royal near Rt. 66 and 340, Thornton Gap at Rt. 211, Swift Run Gap at Rt. 33, and Rockfish Gap at Rt. 64 and Rt. 250 (also the northern entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway). It takes about three hours to travel the entire length of the park on a clear day.
As you travel along Skyline Drive you will notice mileposts on the west side (right side if you are traveling south) of the road. These posts help you find your way through the park and help you locate areas of interest. The mileposts begin with 0.0 at Front Royal and continue to 105 at the southern end of the park.
The speed limit is 35 mph, so you can roll down your windows, feel the breeze and experience every curve and turn of this beautiful drive. There are 75 overlooks that offer stunning views of the Shenandoah Valley to the west or the rolling Piedmont to the east. The park purposely leaves the roadsides unmowed so wildflowers put on a show all year long.