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Berkeley Springs State Park, Berkeley Springs

Categories: Hot Springs, State Parks, Spas & Wellness, Nature & Parks
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4.1/5 based on 340 reviews on the web
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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  • A great little Warm spring spa. Two 60+ couples had a roman bath and a 30 min.Thearpy massage. This was especially relaxing after a longish bike ride on the C&O trail. Very Professional Staff. 
  • George weosingteondo deulreossdeon hot springs. It's about a 2-hour drive from Washington, DC go quiet spa town. Oriental hot and, even though their use is somewhat expensive burden, but it is a good place to feel the atmosphere.
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  • I'll admit that it took me 5 years of living here before I made it to the Roman Baths at our little state park. A friend was visiting and I though it would be a great adventure for us. I was a regular...  read more »
  • The kids especially love to play in the water and it breaks up the trip. The water is refreshing and clear with tiny fish . So pretty and relaxing to soak our feet and watch the kids play and see the spring water bubble out of the rocks.
  • First-time visit based on a friend's recommendation. I searched online and through the website for information, called and made reservations for natural hot springs mineral baths and messages and then was surprised when I arrived that more services were available that I knew about and they didn't have time for them that day. Customer service on the phone and in person was not very informative. The hot spring baths are tiled 3 feet deep with a built-in seat for two. As my friend described the atmosphere felt like a high school pool. The water felt very hot at first, they offered to cool it off, but we gave it a shot and 15 minutes was almost too much. The massages were average in quality but felt relaxing. The park itself is small yet beautiful and rich with history. There is a very small area of small boutique shops nearby. Panoramic views up behind the hill where you can see Pennsylvania Virginia and Maryland all at one time. Excellent one day visit.
  • Small Park for a quick getaway from home. Day visits only. No Camping. Picnic tables but no grills. Pet friendly on leash.
  • Awesome place. Everyone there was very kind and passionate about their livelihood. The springs were beautiful
  • Interesting little tourist town with lots of history surrounding it. Get to go and walk bare foot through natural springs that have been around for hundreds of years.
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