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Farms and land in Bath County are nestled in the Allegheny Mountains on the central western border of the state on the West Virginia state line. The Bath County land offers amazing opportunities for both business and recreation. Sparsely populated with just 4,300 residents, the 535-square-mile county is without a single traffic signal. Farms encompass about 48,000 acres of which woodlands account for 37%. Livestock, poultry and products make up 75% of its agricultural sales. Hunters take advantage of its woodlands where they can bag deer, turkeys, bear and other game animals. Known for its great fly fishing, fishers head for its rivers and lakes. Omni Charlottesville, owner of the Omni Homestead Resort, is the county’s largest private employer. The luxury resort has the largest hot springs in the state, championship golf courses and the oldest alpine ski resort in the state. Also part of the resort are the Jefferson Pools, two spa structures in nearby Warm Springs. Bath has become an all-season destination with the added opportunities for camping, mountain biking, hiking, boating and other water sports. Bath County Public Schools provides K-12 public education. Dabney Lancaster Community College is in neighboring Alleghany County.