Berkeley Springs is a town known for its thermal waters and natural spas in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. Its most popular attraction, Berkeley Springs State Park, contains naturally warm mineral waters first popular with the Indigenous tribes in the area. The park houses what’s considered the country’s first spa and George Washington was apparently a repeat visitor to its mineral baths. Today you’ll find a variety of rejuvenating services being offered here centered around the therapeutic waters. In the middle of the park stands the town’s oldest building, which now houses a 200-year-old Roman Bath House, and the Museum of Berkeley Springs.
The compact downtown area features an array of independent shops, cafes, and local eateries. There are also a handful of art galleries, such as the Ice House Artist’s Co-op, which displays and sells the work of more than 30 local and regional artists.
Berkeley Springs is within 100-200 miles of many Mid-Atlantic cities, making it a convenient base for day trips to places like Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.
Things to Do in the Berkeley Springs Area
- Soak in the springs in Berkeley Springs State Park
- Explore Cacapon Moutain State Park
- Check the view from Panorama Peak