Historically known as Bath, Berkeley Springs is one of the nation’s first spa towns. It was a well-known health mecca that attracted Indigenous people from Canada and the U.S. before the first European settlers arrived in 1730. At Berkley Springs State Park, private tubs filled with warm mineral water and spa treatments are available. The Old Roman Bathhouse recently underwent renovations and reopened in summer 2019. A local inn and spa also offers spa treatments incorporating the town’s mineral springs water.
In Capon Springs, a longtime property made up of cottages, lodges, a bath house and spa, provide a glimpse of what it might have been like in 1855. There was a grand, four-story Mountain House with a large dining room that could seat 600, a ballroom and a portico with a 35-feet-high ceiling supported on 10 massive pillars.
In White Sulphur Springs, since the establishment of a hot springs resort in 1778, royalty, celebrities, presidents and the general public have been attracted to the town’s healing waters. At the resort, a 30-meter pool is adjacent to a world-renowned mineral spa that utilizes the spring waters and mineral-based products.