Home of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia showcases some beautiful rolling mountains and forests, especially along its western side. There are two neighboring towns, less than miles apart, called Warm Springs, VA, and Hot Springs, VA. In the latter is where you’ll find the state’s premiere, and only, hot springs resort.
This 2,300- acre property located in the Allegheny Mountain Valley is known for its beautiful healing springs as well as lush golf courses and plentiful activities. As a four-season resort, you will find plenty to do that will be both exciting, adventurous, and relaxing! Founded in 1766, The Omni Homestead Resort has spent the last …
List of Mineral Hot Springs in Virginia
Head out to Western Virginia to experience the state’s Omni Homestead Resort. Located in Hot Springs, VA, this resort features a water park and full spa treatments and soaks in its natural healing waters. It has served the East Coast elite since 1766, including Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Less than ten minutes north is Warm Springs, VA, where you’ll find the Omni Resort-owned Jefferson Pools.
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Guide to Virginia’s Natural Hot Springs
Virginia, located on America’s east coast, has two main hot springs sites. The first is Jefferson Pools in Warm Springs and the other is The Omni Homestead Resorts in Hot Springs, VA. Both of those venues make wonderful, scenic vacation destinations, but there are two off-the-beaten-path options that nature lovers may find even more restorative.
Warms Springs, VA and Hot Springs, VA
In Warm Springs, VA, located just off of Highway 220 south of Chimney Run, you’ll find crystal-clear water enclosed by a wooden bathhouse deck. These are the Jefferson Pools, and, yes, they are named after that Jefferson. He came to “take the waters” when he was old and miserable with rheumatism.
He found relief in the sulfur water. It has recently been reported that the bathhouse itself is closed but the hot springs that feed it are still accessible on the property.
In Hot Springs, VA which is south of Warm Springs, you’ll find the regal Omni Homestead Resort. It’s been a tradition for American presidents to stay at the resort, though it’s unclear if they visited to restore their health after the stresses of the highest office in the land.
There are several spring-fed pools, which are European in design. The resort offers rooms in three sizes: king, double beds, and studio suites.
Other Primitive Springs
Virginia has a probably extinct volcano called Mole Hill. While it hasn’t erupted in the modern era, the soil beneath the thick tree growth is igneous rock. It’s easy to understand how hot springs can be near this landmark north of Lynchburg.
There’s a small pool there that can be reached via hiking if you have the endurance and time. Also nearby is Silver Lake, which is spring-fed and from which you can see the large slope of Mole Hill.
In Covington Virginia, east of Richmond, there’s an 80-foot waterfall. Like so many landmarks in this area, it has ties to Thomas Jefferson. The falls themselves are illegal to climb to because the ledge it runs over is quite precarious.
However, if you hike a few miles from the falls, you’ll find Falling Spring Creek, which is far safer to access. There are trails around both the falls and the creek.
The Omni Homestead Resort is the gem in Virginia’s hot springs necklace. It’s certainly worth a visit, and the 2,000-acre grounds are fodder for endless exploration. However, if you’re willing to rough it for a bit, there are other, quieter natural springs you can visit while traversing the state.
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