Berkeley Springs State Park
One of the oldest spas in the country is in West Virginia. Photojournalist Larry Clark takes you for a relaxing dip at the historic mineral water health resort.
The Berkeley Springs have attracted people since before the first Europeans traveled to North America. The bathhouse first opened in 1930 but the most notable and influential visitor to the springs was George Washington who visited the springs regularly in the mid-1700's. The warm mineral waters flow from springs at a constant temperature of 74.3°F and are heated for the baths to a maximum of 102 degrees. About 2,000 gallons of clear, sparking water flow every minute. Whether you choose to enjoy the Roman Baths, the 6 1/2 foot Victorian-styled footed bathtubs or the steam cabinets, you'll find the mineral waters one of the most relaxing experieces you can have. A Swedish-style full-body massage or a infra-red heat lamp session will round out your visit to the springs.
FOR MORE INFORMATIONBerkeley Springs State Park
Person Interviewed: Christopher Hansroth
Date: Open all year
Hours: Daily 10:00am-6:00pm, Fri. hours are extended to 9:00 p.m. in the summer and fall months
Location: Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia
Address: #2 So. Washingon St., Berkeley Springs, WV 25411
Phone: 304-258-2711, 1-800-CALL WVA
Rates: Park is free. Various rates from $9.00 to $73.00 apply for spa packages
Reservations: Highly recommended
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