Berkeley Springs State Park, Berkeley Springs

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Berkeley Springs State Park is situated in the center of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, USA. The centerpiece of the Park is its historic mineral spa. These waters were celebrated for their medicinal or restorative powers and were generally taken internally for digestive disorders, or bathed in for stress relief. Native peoples visited these springs as did George Washington. Berkeley Springs is the only state-run spa in the United States and is operated by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.HistoryThe Park is located on land which has been used as a health resort since the 1750s and which was officially granted to Virginia by Lord Fairfax in 1776. The historic Roman Bathhouse, the oldest public building in Berkeley Springs, was built in Federal-style architecture in 1815 on the site of an earlier bathhouse attributed to James Rumsey. The earlier bathhouse, built in 1784, is described as having had five bathing chambers and dressing rooms.Mineral springsWater flows from natural mineral springs at a constant temperature of 74.3 degrees, emerging from the Oriskany (Ridgeley) sandstone of Warm Springs Ridge. It contains significant amounts of sulfates, nitrates, and carbonates -- mostly magnesium carbonates. The flow rate varies from 750to per minute.
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  • The park is wonderful the kids don't want to leave. The run keeps them busy trying to catch minnows and in the summer they can actually take a dip. We love it.  more »
  • Nice small park with interesting history and architecture. Great stop for families. Enjoy a refreshing bottle of Berkeley Springs water!  more »
  • We went to the roman baths. we also sat and soaked our feet in the spring. This is our second time, but we will be back, we just have to find a nicer hotel to stay at.  more »
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  • Love the Historic Roman Baths. With all the minerals in the water,you leave feeling relaxed and that you did something healthy for your body. Berkeley Springs State Park has a pool for seasonal swimming using the mineral waters. And throughout the Park are several soaking areas for your feet. The soaking areas are free ever since the 1700's when Lord Fairfax said they would be free forever. There is a Museum above the Roman Baths that gives you a history of the town.
  • There is a giant swimming pool filled with water from the springs here and a building to change your clothing but it was too chilly when we visited to use it. You can use the springs here for free. The museum was closed but locals told us about a lot of the history. The park is free to use but you have parking meters on the street, so bring quarters, the meter maid is diligent in his/her job, we didn't get tickets but a couple of cars near by did.
  • I love this place. What's not to love about healing waters! I could feel the effects after soaking for a few minutes. Nope, not a placebo effect but tge effect of minerals like magnesium found in the water. Make sure to make a donation so that this state park will continue to run.
  • A neat little park with tons of history. The actual springs are really neat to see and there are even parts you can take your shoes off and wade into. There is also a spring-fed swimming pool here that is open to the public.
  • Wonderful massage, whirlpool, and shower. My attendent Cheryl and massage therapist Julie were both so good at what they do. What a wonderful little "pamper" for me! Thank you both.

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