Ready for some amazing natural wonders and some fascinating history?
Located in the center of Berkeley Springs, a small resort town in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, Berkeley Springs State Park is where you can experience a historic mineral spa that has actually been in use since all the way back in colonial times. Pretty amazing!
The park is known for its warm spring water, which flows from a natural source at a constant temperature of 74.3 degrees. The Bathhouse first opened in 1930. Since then, thousands have enjoyed the variety of baths and treatments in these waters – it’s amazingly good for you!
The springs discharge from a number of sources, all within a hundred yards, which is about 2,000 gallons of clear, sparkling water per minute. Fun fact time – bathing in the springs has actually been popular since before the days of George Washington. The history lesson has begun!
Long before the first Europeans discovered the warm waters of Berkeley Springs, the area was already a famous health mecca which attracted Indians from the St. Lawrence Seaway in Canada and the Great Lakes to the Carolinas. Those first settlers, who arrived in 1730, learned the uses and value of the springs from the Indians and began spreading the word of its benefits throughout the settlements of the east.
Then of course George Washington himself, who, at 16, visited Berkeley Springs State Park as a member of a survey party. He noted in his diary, “March 18th, 1748, We this day called to see Ye Fam’d Warm Springs.” For many years afterwards, George Washington visited the springs regularly, and it was largely through his efforts that its fame as a health spa grew throughout the colonies.
How about that!
So now it’s your turn to discover the amazing powers of the water! It’s a great way to spend the day with the family, or even extend your stay to a weekend. There is even a spa if you want to pamper yourselves, parents!
The Old Roman Bathhouse offers a historical look and is more family oriented for those who want the Roman Bath mineral water experience.
If Roman baths aren’t for you, don’t worry! You can still relax in a 150 gallon mineral whirlpool bath with jets heated to a maximum temperature of 102 degrees Fahrenheit.
So many options in this unusual state park in West Virginia!