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 discharge varies from 750to per minute.
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  • Whirlpool and massage are so soothing to old and young! We come as often as possible, stay in town and enjoy the State Park Bath House as much as possible!  more »
  • Berkeley Springs is an an afternoon well spent. Restaurants, cute shops, bars, walking paths, museums, and the bathhouse and gazebo. It's a pleasant visit any time.  more »
  • My husband and I enjoyed the Roman baths on the men's side and had a 60 minute massage. It was a little odd for me, as a woman on the mens's side because I kept thinking some guy would walk in the cha...  more »
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  • Even if you do not go for the hot spa experience, you can enjoy soaking your feet in the nearby water channels and watching fish swim by. The mineral water is supposed to have special healing power, a lot of people brought buckets to fill in the water to enjoy it at home. Love the friendliness of people there. A nice visit.
  • Great state park to bring the family for a day trip. You can swim or wade in the natural spring water. Be sure to bring some bottles to take home some of the fantastic natural spring water.
  • 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 the effect of minerals like magnesium found in the water. Make sure to make a donation so that this state park will continue to run.
  • Exquisite! Every single time. The staff at the bathhouse are just so nice and accommodating. Bathing and walking around the park is so peaceful!
  • It's a beautiful setting, with a charming (although very small) gift shop. Lovely people. But no public restrooms available at the park!
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