DescriptionThe Berkeley Springs, famous for their supposed curative properties, were a haven for Native Americans long before Europeans discovered their soothing waters. A thriving community had been established by the time George Washington arrived in 1748 to survey the area for its owner, Lord Thomas Fairfax. In 1776, Washington assisted in establishing the town as a health resort under the name of Bath, which remains its official name.
More than a dozen members of the Colonial elite were among original lot owners—George and Martha Washington bought property in the area. The springs continue to flow from five main sources at the rate of 1,000-1,500 gallons per minute; the water maintains a uniform temperature of 74 F.
Though known for its spas, Berkeley Springs is also gaining notice as an arts community. The town is home to a growing number of art and craft galleries and shows. Ten miles south, Cacapon Resort State Park offers an 18-hole golf course, a lodge, a lake beach, a trap shooting range, a nature center and trails to the top of Cacapon Mountain; phone (304) 258-1022 or (800) 225-5982.
Visitor InfoBerkeley Springs-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce 127 Fairfax St. BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV 25411. Phone:(304)258-3738
Things to SeeBerkeley Springs State Park