A Diamond in the Rough!
Wildlife management practices are devoted to enhancing the natural habitat of a variety of woodland creatures. Ruffed grouse startle trail walkers with their sudden flight. Hawks - red tails and ospreys - are a common sight and if you're very lucky you might spot an eagle. Wood ducks nest along the Cowpasture and, sometimes, on chilly fall mornings, you'll hear the ghostlike honking of Canada geese.
A half hour drive through the mountains is Warm Springs, Virginia, and the soothing octagonal mineral baths designed by Thomas Jefferson. Five miles further is Hot Springs, the world famous Homestead Resort, wonderful art galleries and quality antique shops. Hot Springs boasts Garth Newel chamber concerts, wonderful shopping at the Cottage Row Shops, Bluegrass Valley drives and the Highland County fairs and festivals.
One of Virginia's most beautiful rivers is the Cowpasture. The Lodge has a real "swimming hole" to romp in. The five foot deep pool makes it a family favorite and there's a steady supply of skipping stones to bounce across the calm surface. Float downstream in an inner-tube, or just dangle your feet from our deck and breath the clean mountain air.
Hook, Line and Sinker
For the serious fisherman or weekend angler, the Lodge offers miles of clean river teeming with fish. The Cowpasture holds a large population of smallmouth bass, and there are also rock bass just right for the kids to catch. Rainbow trout are stocked in the early spring, making the Lodge a fisherman's paradise.
Take the High Road
There are miles of trails through these wooded mountains, some gentle, some more vigorous. One trail climbs 3000 feet for a view of the mountain tops that roll on forever. Limestone caves entice the intrepid spelunker. If bicycling is your passion, you'll enjoy taking the winding roads through this rural countryside. Mountain trail bikers can tackle logging roads into the wilder country.