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Recreation

Recreational Considerations

One of the standout aspects of River Ridge Ranch is the on-site recreation. The limestone-rich waters of the Cowpasture River provide excellent fishing and hold healthy populations of bass and trout, the latter being most prevalent during the cooler months of the year. The river can be accessed via a walking path or a farm road that allows you to drive down to the river where there is a perfect spot to hang-out, swim and BBQ, and launch canoes and kayaks.

 

Roads and trails are present throughout the ranch and a well-developed trail system overlays the wooded acreage, complete with trail markers and names. The trails are perfect for hiking, trail running, horseback riding, mountain biking, or ATV’s. The shared boundary with the George Washington National Forest further builds on these options and provides immediate access to thousands of acres of public land. Although there are no horses currently on the ranch, the stable and nearby 10-acre paddock stand ready to welcome equestrians, and the facilities could easily be expanded and improved if the next owner were so inclined. 

 

Wildlife populations on the property are substantial and healthy; and deer, black bears, turkey, otter, bald eagles, and dove are all present and commonly seen. Hunting is not currently a focus at the ranch; however, between the ranch itself and the adjacent national forest there are ample opportunities to develop wildlife habitat and a hunting program. 

 

Beyond the ranch, recreation opportunities continue and the vast amount of public land in Bath County beckons outdoor enthusiasts. Similarly convenient are the celebrated golf and sporting amenities of the Homestead Resort, offering an unusually balanced range of activities for a property in such a rural location.