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“quiet setting”

Berkeley Springs State Park
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Owner description: The park's natural spring is used for mineral baths and other therapeutic treatments.
Reviewed January 21, 2012

Nice quiet setting with free spring water. We didn't go to the bath houses but just walked around the park and downtown area.

Thank cavychauffer
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Reviewed December 28, 2011

To update and amend my March 2009 review ("Can't this Natural Wonder Be Saved?"): I visited the newly-renovated bathhouse at Berkeley Springs State Park in December 2011 and can report that after many years of talk, the West Virginia state parks department finally got serious about preserving this natural treasure. The new bathhouse is 100 percent better than it was -- clean, new tilework, properly lit, new lockers, an almost complete transformation, and it shows.

There are still some design deficiencies in the layout and amenities, however. The water temperature can only been cooled down, not heated up (computer-controlled thermostat), so remember that when you first enter the water and think it may be too warm. The showers have inadequate drains and tend to flood the changing areas. (I guess that's what happens when engineers and architects are allowed to design a remodelling project in their office in the state capital, rather than talking to patrons and workers who have a much better idea of what changes and improvements might be needed and feasible.)

The old Roman bathhouse on the other side of the park is still decrepit, with no apparent plans for an upgrade. (Why weren't these two state projects undertaken at the same time, or phased one-after-another? Oh, I know ... that would be more efficient by our state government.) This old original is still the only option for customers who want to bath communally, rather than sex-segregated as in the main bathhouse ... and it's also still cheaper than the main bathhouse. But it pales by comparison with how much better the main bathhouse has become.

But, on balance, the improvements at Berkeley Springs State Park are terrific. We waited a long time for these. Some of the old charm has been lost, but much more has been gained.

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Reviewed December 22, 2011

Do not miss having a roman bath and massage at the bath house in the park. The whole place has been updated and is much more appealing now. Prices are reasonable, staff is pleasant and competent.

2  Thank Imagecatcher
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Reviewed November 26, 2011

great mineral soak and massage deal for $45! where else can you get that for a whole hour of pampering?

Thank Cindy H
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Reviewed November 12, 2011

Recommend the whirlpool bath followed by the massage

Thank delbeach
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