Berkeley Springs was originally named way back in 1776 by George Washington and his group. The name Bathe was given to the town due to the naturally occurring springs that were present and that the water was bath temperature. The water housed healing properties and were used to bathe in. This area is known today as Berkeley Springs State Park, which houses the natural springs. Later, the town would be officially known as Berkeley Springs...still named for the springs! The spring puts out about 1,000 gallons a minute and residence can get free water from a small filling area designated by the town. Check out all the history of the town on their official page.
Unlike Martinsburg, the town doesn't have it's own transit service for residents although the town does provide some walkability for the main street. They offer a taxi service and a limo service.
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The rural town is located in Morgan county, West Virginia. The town is about 107 miles from Washington DC, 38 miles from Hagerstown, MD, 36 miles from Winchester, VA, and is closest to the Maryland state line.
Cacapon State Park
This 6,000 acre area of beautiful wilderness is home to horseback riding, scenic train rides, hunting, fishing, hiking, whitewater rafting, geocaching, and so much more. Visit the parks official website for trail info and other activates.
Yes, there is a legit castle looming off in the distance! The castle was once a main attraction of the town, but since undergoing new ownership, the castle is now turned to event hosting rather than tours. As of this time, the castle is still being renovated, so maybe tours aren't too far off the menu when everything is said and done! You can still see the castle from the main road.
Berkeley Springs embodies the "quaint little town" feel to a tee. Although a major roadway runs through the center of the town, it still carries on the slowed down vibes of it's years before the roadway. Everything is a bit older there such as buildings and homes and the town is very rural. There will be no quick trip to the local Walmart store!
With viewing an "old town" type community, it can be a bit of a shock to find local businesses that are more high end. The town is home to two spa's that give off luxury more so than quiet country town.
The Renaissance Spa is an all inclusive getaway that's at most an hour away for most Eastern Panhandle residence. Located in the rear of the Country Inn of Berkeley Springs, the spa offers relaxing views and atmosphere. They have joined forces with the Country Inn to provide packages combining lodging, dinning, a little spa vaca.
Atasia Spa is another option for relaxation in the small town. They offer bath and body services, nail care services (no gel or acrylic nails) for both hands and feet, massage (Reiki, and aroma stone!) and massage by Frankie Tan, along with facial treatments. Atasia Spa recommends that you park on the side street as the parking lot across from the spa is metered.
The homes for sale and rent in the town vary from older properties to ones that have a more modern exterior and interior. Berkeley Springs is a rural community so the majority of homes for sale are not in the town center, but rather more on the outskirts.
You will fall for the friendly atmosphere from the residence and the business owners. They love their town and are proud to share it with visitors or other locals.
The town center falls right on a major roadway, route 522, or Hancock Road. This roadway brings high volume traffic through the sleepy little town as the road connects West Virginia and Maryland. Even with the amount of traffic come to the town, it is still "old fashioned" in its look and branding throughout the town. Berkeley Springs offers a dash of history and a pinch of down home community.