5 Southern Hot Springs Destinations to Keep You Warm
Thousands of years ago, the first inhabitants of our country used the nourishing powers of mineral water to cure a variety of ailments. Today, hot (or hot) springs are delightful places to relax, reconnect with nature, and nurture your body and soul. Soaking in spring water is reported to help fight circulatory disease, increase oxygen flow, and alleviate muscle, joint, and skin problems. From lush resorts to rustic small-town parks, here are five hot springs to check out.
Spa Resort and Spa | Hot Springs, North Carolina
Located just outside of Asheville, the hot springs in this small North Carolina town were first discovered by Native Americans, whose presence dates back nearly 5,000 years. Since 1778, the town has shared the benefits of its spring water with residents and visitors. Mineral baths have moved to several locations since the early 1800s, and you can still visit the ruins of an 1860s public bath. aches, Hot Springs Resort and Spa offers immense relaxation, as well as a selection of cabin rentals and campsites!
Hot natural mineral water constantly flows through the jet spas from the depths of the earth. The resort has tactfully built the tubs into beautiful wooden decks nestled along scenic Spring Creek and the French Broad River. Open seven days a week, you can enjoy the mineral baths every hour, starting at $50 for two. Reservations are required and you can plan your visit here.
Quapaw Baths & Spa | Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
Hot Springs, Arkansas is home to Hot Springs National Park and a thermal springs “hot spot”. From 1880 to 1950, the city flourished as a health destination, culminating in 1946 when a million baths were taken. The development of modern medicine led to a decline in bathhouse attendance, but Hot Springs’ “Bathhouse Row” continues to thrive today.
The huge indoor baths of Quapaw Baths & Day Spa are a popular spot on the line. After a day of sightseeing and exploring in vibrant Hot Springs, there’s no better way to relax than in a world-class mineral bath.
Allegheny Springs at Omni Homestead | Hot Springs, Virginia
The two main natural springs of the Allegheny Mountains cross The Omni Homestead Resort. Since their discovery by Native Americans around 9,000 years ago, key Virginia figures like Thomas Jefferson have touted the water’s healing abilities, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors to the area each year. Depending on the station, the United States Geological Survey has determined that these springs are unaffected by seasonal changes. They stay at natural body temperature all year round and flow at an astonishing 1.7 million gallons Daily. The waters are teeming with minerals but are also so crystal clear you can read a book through them.
You can visit the springs via the station. Allegheny Springs is a two-acre water park fed by the area’s natural springs. Kids and kids at heart love the park’s two 100-foot waterslides, 400-foot lazy river, large outdoor pools, majestic indoor pool built in 1904, and cozy hot tubs. But the main attraction for relaxation seekers is the spa’s naturally warm, spring-fed outdoor Serenity Garden pool. It’s open all year round, so imagine cozying up in a corner of the pool with a hot tea and a book while the snow is falling around you.
Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
Less than two hours from Washington DC, Berkeley Springs State Park is one of the most historic examples of ancient hot springs still open today. In 1730, the first European settlers discovered the ancient springs that had drawn Indian predecessors from Canada to the Carolinas. Word of the equally mystical and practical natural springs spread everywhere, and soon everyone was flocking to this mecca of holistic health.
In the small state park in the heart of town, you can dive into the idyllic Roman baths, hire a modern hot tub – both heated to 102 degrees – or swim in the outdoor pool filled with the legendary hot mineral water that flows from the springs at a constant temperature of 74.3 degrees. Today, the springs still release about 2,000 gallons of sparkling water per minute from five nearby springs.
Hot Mineral Springs Park | North Park, Florida
According TopHotSprings.comFlorida has 13 natural springs ranging from hot (above 68 degrees) to hot (above 84 degrees), but it has dozens more if you count the coolest too! One of the warmest, oldest and most magical of all is Warm Springs Mineral Park.
With a balmy 85-87 degrees year-round, the huge sinkhole is said to have been in public use 30,000 years ago. Reaching 200 feet deep in places, the spring flows continuously and fills nine million gallons per day. Swim, soak, scuba dive, or opt for a skincare or facial treatment to enjoy the water 50 nourishing minerals. It’s no wonder this place is crowned “Fountain of Youth!”
These hot springs invite us to ditch the cozy robe and immerse ourselves. May the pursuit of this anti-aging and soothing mineral magic also spark an ancestral upbringing and exploration of parts unknown!
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