West Virginia is the state that has always taken travelers home away from home with its scenic ‘country roads.’ The Cacapon Mountain region is possibly the state’s best-kept secret, with spectacular panoramic mountain views, epic national parks full of hiking trails, and charming fairytale small towns. Here’s what to do in this scenic region.
Visit the Berkeley Springs
Back in 1748, the quaint small town of Berkley Springs was known as Medicine Springs, thanks to its healing mineral waters. People would return to bathe in the hot springs several times. Today, Berkley Springs continues to attract visitors with its fall foliage, mineral springs, and a diverse mix of offerings, like jewelry, artisanal cheeses and oil, cafés, and local breweries.
Soak in the Incredible Mineral-Bath Spas
Being the spa town of West Virginia, the mineral-bath spas are most certainly the prime attraction of Berkeley Springs. Especially the recently renovated Old Roman Bathhouse attracts visitors offering mineral baths, rejuvenating saunas, and different healing massage treatments for an immersive experience. The Atasia Spa offers an exotic indulging experience with its mineral whirlpool baths, a unique eucalyptus steam room, and a wide menu of body, face, and beauty treatments.
Stay at the Cacapon Resort State Park Lodge
The Cacapon Resort State Park Lodge in Berkeley Springs offers visitors an all-inclusive experience. The resort features a fitness center, a full spa, a whirlpool, and a large indoor heated pool, providing the ultimate West Virginia wellness getaway. The 124-room resort lodge sits on a rolling hill overlooking the 18-hole golf course of the property. Guests can relax by gathering in the indoor lounge areas or around the fire pit, while the elegant in-house family restaurant would take care of their delicious meals. The picturesque Cacapon Resort State Park surrounds the lodge. Along with a small swimming lake with a beach, the park is also home to 20 miles of hiking trails.
Visit Harpers Ferry
Harpers Ferry is one of the most charming small towns along the famed Appalachian Trail in West Virginia. A designated National Historic District, this gem of a town boasts several heritage sites, museums, a neo-Gothic cathedral, and restored Victorian buildings. The town also offers a natural treasure trove of scenic trails, mountain vistas, and flowing waterways. Eight national parks and two rivers converge at Harpers Ferry. The historic downtown area has a viewpoint with an observation deck, allowing the visitors to marvel at the stunning rugged landscape of three different states – West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia.