Fall has arrived in Bath County, and that means it’s time for Apple Day! This celebration of local Appalachian heritage is held October 13 in Douthat State Park, just a half hour away from The Homestead resort in Hot Springs, and makes a great day trip during your fall leaf-peeping getaway or romantic retreat!
Pack a picnic lunch and take a scenic half-hour drive to Millboro to check out all the action in Virginia’s Douthat State Park – named one of America’s 10 best parks by Outside Family Vacation Guide. From 8am until 5pm, you can enjoy a full array of Apple Day festivities – including hayrides, fun games, and activities that celebrate Appalachian history. Try your hand at making apple butter or cooking over a campfire, or check out pelt displays and traditional Appalachian crafts. Throughout the day there will also be artistic demonstrations, live bluegrass music, clog dancing, and more!
While you’re there, be sure to take in the area’s spectacular fall foliage as you explore Douthat State Park. One of Virginia’s six original state parks, it spans nearly 4,500 acres in Bath and Allegheny counties and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Take a hike along one of the nature trails to check out the changing leaves and autumn scenery, or head for the 50-acre lake for some of the state’s most incredible views of the Allegheny Mountains.
Come celebrate the bounty of fall – and the history of Appalachia – at Apple Day, October 13 in Douthat State Park! Contact The Homestead for more information or to make reservations for your visit, and let us help you plan your trip today!