See George Washington National Forest near Warm Springs

Only a few miles from Warm Springs lies the George Washington National Forest. This forest includes over a million acres of mountains and valleys with majestic scenic views. There is a plethora of outdoor recreation including but not limited to sightseeing, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, bird watching and swimming. George Washington National Forest is made up of six wilderness areas which are home to wildflowers and many game species including deer, bear, rabbits and squirrels. There are also more than 160 different kinds of songbirds, owls and hawks.

Warm Springs Ranger District Office
422 Forestry Road
Hot Springs, VA 24445
(540) 839-2521

This Ranger District is the closest one to your Warm Springs Inn. It offers a wide variety of recreational activities for you to enjoy during your visit to George Washington National Forest.

 

Bolar Mountain and Bolar Flat Recreation Area

BBOnline recommends a visit to Bolar Mountain and Bolar Flat Recreation Area, which are located on the shore of Lake Moomaw. The picnic areas offer a spot designated for volleyball, beach access with a bathhouse and courtesy docks. The marina offers a boat launch, boat rentals and even a fishing pier. There is an accessible fishing area for persons with disabilities. Interpretive programs are conducted in the amphitheater during the summer on weekends. To reach the north end of Lake Moomaw, drive 13-miles west on SR 39. Then travel on SR 600 south for seven miles and follow the signs.

Hidden Valley

Nestled among the Allegheny mountains is Hidden Valley. This picturesque valley is home to the historic Warwick Mansion and the Jackson River, which is the home to both native and stocked trout. Hidden Valley is an excellent place to fish, hike and bird watch. The six mile Hidden Valley Trail provides river views, rock formations and even a swinging bridge at one point. The seven-plus mile Bogan Run Trail passes by Warwick Mansion on the way up to Back Creek Mountain. For a shorter distance, the one mile Muddy Run Trail travels along a mountain stream offering scenic views. To visit Hidden Valley, from Warm Springs drive SR 39 west for three miles. Turn right and travel on SR 621 north for one mile. Then travel on FDR 241 for around two miles to the parking are.

The Beard's Mountain Trail

This trail located close to your Warm Springs Bed and Breakfast offers magical views of Cowpasture River Valley. The trail is seven miles long and begins by crossing the Cowpasture River via a swinging bridge. The trail then goes up Beard's Mountain. This trail can be accessed off of FDR 260.

George Washington National Forest has much to offer with it being home to many species of animals, flowers, trees and birds. There are many mountains to hike, wildernesses to visit or streams to fish. The waterfalls within the forest are breathtaking and are some of the largest east of the Mississippi River.