Items to Bring With You
- Operational flashlight and bottled water in case of power outages
- Food and Drink
- Personal Bath Items:Shampoo, Toothpaste, Hair Dryer, Body Soap
- Fire Starter Stick/Kindling and Matches (if you have reserved a place with a fireplace or woodstove.)Note: just enough wood will be brought inside to start the fire, we try to keep wood dry, but if weather conditions are rainy the wood will get wet on top. Try to pull wood from the lower rolls of with wood pile. You will need to carry wood in to keep the fire burning. Be sure the flu or damper are open, if not smoke will fill the room! Check with a flashlight before lighting the fire. If you are not familiar with wood stoves or fireplaces, please do not attempt to build fires.
- If you reserved a property with a hot tub: please bring beach towels; the house will have regular towels, if you use the towels with the hot tub, you may have to do a load of laundry to have enough towels for the weekend.Make sure cover is on hot tub at all times when not in use. Be sure water level does not get below any of the Jets, the hot tub will turn off and not heat, damage may occur to the pump. You will need to fill the water in the tub if you splash it out!
- In the winter months:your may want to bring a flashlight, extra food and water. (In case you are snowed in or the power goes off). Snow shovel, bag of sand, kitty litter, or salt in case you get stuck. Decks are shoveled, but snow blows and melts and accumulates. You will need to make a trough yourself.
Places to Eat
There are so many choices to dine in Berkeley Springs that you will have some trouble choosing where to eat. You will have a hard time deciding which is your favorite because they are all fabulous! From casual to fine dining, we have it all.
B – Breakfast L – Lunch D-Dinner C-Cocktails * Reservation Recommended
Please note that we do recommend calling ahead as some locations are seasonal
There are also several fast food/pizza places available in the area; McDonald’s, Subway, Dairy Queen, etc.
In Town of Bath / Berkeley Springs
Betty Lou’s/Roy’s 205 S Washington St 304-258-3559 B/L
Beehive Cafe 99 N. Washington St 304-867-4365 B/L
Charlotte’s Café 495 South Washington St 304-500-2629 B/L
Country Inn 110 South Washington St 304-258-1200 B/L/D/C
Fairfax Coffee House 23 Fairfax St 304-500-2710 B/L
Lot 12 117 Warren St 304-258-6264 D/C
Mi Ranchito 373-399 Independence St 304-258-4800 L/D
Heavenly Harvest Cafe and Boutique 174 N Washington St 304-500-2176 B/L
Ravenswood Pub 206 Martinsburg Rd 727-742-8333 B/L/D
Tari’s 33 N Washington St 304-258-1196 L/D
The Naked Olive Lounge 87 N Washington St #100 304-500-2668 L/D/
South of Berkeley Springs
Angus and Ale 146 Southridge Dr 304-258-7575 L/D
Cacapon State Park 818 Cacapon Lodge Dr 304-258-1022 B/L/D
Canary Grill 308 Berkmore Pl 304-500-0051 L/D
Mountainside Restaurant 91 Sugar Hollow Rd 304-258-2242 L/D
Southern Belle 3425 Valley Rd 304-258-3648 B/L/D
Tony’s Butcher’s Block 2880 Valley Rd 304-258-4770 L/D
West of Town – Cold Run Road & RT 9 West
Berkeley Springs has a wonderful selection of shops that have a variety of treasures for everyone. We welcome our guests to stroll through town and stop in these unique shops. Enjoy!
Berkeley Springs Antique Mall 7 Fairfax Street (304) 258-5676
Quality antiques & collectibles from 30 dealers, including Salter's Political Collectibles.
Jules Enchanting Gifts 13 Fairfax Street (304) 258-9509
Special sparkles, fabulous functionals, and captivating collectables from around the world.
Fleur De Lis Cheese Shop 15 Fairfax Street (727) 742-8333
Artisan cheese shop...specializing in fine meats & cheeses wholesale, retail & catering.
Marley Max Candles and More 21 Fairfax Street Suite 1 (304) 268-8141
Hand poured soy candles and melts, approx 40 scents available. Handmade soaps, bath bombs, bath salts, salt lamps, organic herbal teas and ceramic mugs. Handmade ceramic and copper pet treat containers, pet dishes, and pet themed mugs. Electric candle/wax warmers, incense, and wind chimes.
Mineral Springs Trading Company 45 Fairfax Street (304) 500-2753
“Frivolities and Essentials for an Art Fueled Life” thoughtfully sourced handmade artisan products.
Berkeley Springs Farmers Market (SEASONAL)
Sundays 10am till 2pm April through Mid-December Thursdays 2pm till 5pm July & August Located Downtown Berkeley Springs, WV at the corner of Route 522 & Fairfax Street
North Washington Street
Mountain Laurel Gallery 1 N Washington Street (304) 258-1919
Regional & National contemporary American crafts & wearable art.
Berkeley Springs Memories 15 N Washington Street (304) 258-2000
Quality souvenirs and gifts. Logoed Berkeley Springs and West Virginia items, old fashion candy, year round Christmas section.
Portals New Age Shop 21 N Washington Street (304) 258-5200
Offers a variety of products created by local artisans, from soaps to jewelry to dreamcatchers. Portals maintains a selection of aromatherapy, essential oils, and homeopathic remedies for your alternative healing needs.
The Stop and Shop 50 N Washington Street (304) 258-5150
Variety of quality wood furniture, collectibles, glassware, art, and new items weekly.
Himalayan Handicrafts 81 N Washington Street (304) 258-0618
Imports clothing, jewelry, statues and Buddhist ritual objects, one-of-a-kind antiques, furniture, paper goods, carpets incense and many other handicrafts directly from Nepal and Tibet. Also organizes regular travel tours to the Himalayas. http://www.himalayantrade.com/
The Naked Olive 87 N Washington St (304) 258-0900
The Rag Shop 109 N Washington St (304) 258-7742
An extensive thrift shop which profits The Humane Society, Morgan Arts Council, Starting Points & American Red Cross. Inventory includes furniture, music, toys, games, kitchen, sewing, electronics, books and plenty more, you need to come often and bring along your box of donations (tax receipts available). We accept donations during business hours only.
The Garden Market 148 N Washington St (304) 258-8300
Market offering bulk food, frozen and shelf convenience foods, dairy and non-dairy substitutes, homeopathic remedies, natural personal care items, fresh organic produce, and more.
The Vintage Kitchen 257 N Washington St (304) 886-4503
Homer Laughlin, Edwin K. Knowles China, glassware, and primitives, including lamps, vintage linens and photos.
Yost Antiques and Bicycles 296 N Washington St (304) 676-2535
Bikes, antiques, and more.
The Phoenix Rising 312 N Washington St
Native American Jewelry and Home Decor
Corner of Congress and Mercer Streets
Firehouse Opticals/ Andree's Essence of Health and Optical 110 Congress Street 410-836-0878
Offers a variety of alternative and holistic services such as Bemer Therapy, Tuning Fork therapy, Essential oil training and therapy, Ionic foot therapy, nutritional counseling and vision services. Offers affordable eyeglass frames.
Always in Bloom 69 Mercer Street 304-258-8099
Floral arrangements and gifts
Inspired Chaos 47 Independence Street 304-258-3692
Quirky and fun gifts for all
Sage Moon Herb Shop 42 Independence Street 301-943-4765
A large selection of bulk herbs and teas, high quality essential oils, herbal supplements.
CJs Floral and Gift Shop 50 Independence Street 304-258-6683
Full service florist, Ty retailer, balloons and gifts.
Give Purrs a Chance 51 Independence Street (304) 258-7299
Give Purrs a Chance is a non-profit cat adoption center. Their Catique Boutique with hundreds of items for sale both vintage and new. Many local artists and craftspeople offer ceramics, jewelry, soaps, textiles and many other cat related items.
Hunter’s Hardware 115 Independence Street 304-258-2442
Old time hardware store with garden supplies, housewares, sporting equipment, guns & ammo, paint, plumbing, electric and much more.
BlackCat Music Shop, Studio & Boutique 155 Independence Street 304-258-4440
A local source for everything music. New, used & vintage instruments, accessories, gifts, pro- audio, instrument repair, consignment, livesound/Backline sales and rentals, books and lessons. Recording studio, weekly jam sessions and BlackCat School of Rock.
Morgan Arts Council/Ice House Co-op Gallery Independence & Mercer Streets 304-867-3073
Co-operative gallery of local artists; Morgan Arts Council rotating art exhibits.
South of Berkeley Springs / Route 522
Country Roads Inspiration 19 Greenway Trail 304-258-0381
Handmade soap, bath and body products. Every day special 5 soaps for $20. Coming in early 2020 Salt Therapy. http://berkeleyspringssaltcave.com
The Fearless Painter Community Craft Center 1855 Valley Road 304-449-7028
Tons of activities, both public and private. From painting, to jewelry making, to wood crafts and so much more.
Olde Town Holding Co. 2976 Valley Rd 304-258-4582
Cabins, sheds, garage, cabana sales.
Country Traditions Emporium 7440 Valley Road 304-258-7110
Specializing in primitive and country furniture, accessories and décor our shop is home to several local WV artists including a furniture maker, a sign maker and primitive décor designers. Crafting supplies such as pip berry garland, burlap and lath ladders, will help customers create their own one of a kind item. Amish made furniture for your porch and home can be found through out the store, including benches, chairs and farm table and you can custom order pieces. And while you shop enjoy a scoop of hand dipped ice cream. 12 flavors available.
Quail Hollow Farm Herb & Flowers 5285 Highland Ridge Rd 304-258-0584
By Appointment. Wide selection of hard to find herbs, as well as many varieties of the familiar favorites.
East of Berkeley Springs
Youngbloods Antiques 944 Martinsburg Road 304-258-9219
Studios – Please call for an appointment before you go...
Heath Studio Gallery 327 North Washington Street 304-258-9840
Featuring the paintings and prints of Jonathan & Jan Heath.
Frog Valley Artisans 82 Powerline Lane 304-258-3541
Featuring works by a collection of artists. Gallery features, pottery, fused and stained glass, forged iron sculpture and more.
Highland Forge 2994 Highland Ridge Road 304-258-4058
By Appointment; Custom hand forged metalwork.
Hsu Studios 8 miles south off Route 522 304-258-1911
By Appointment. Unique jewelry, wall hangings, mobiles and sculptures. Works also available at the Ice House.
Jane Frenke’s Fiesta Fibers Johnson Mill Road 304-258-4582
By Appointment. Weaver and a quilter,now produce beautiful hand made fabrics in quantities large enough to sell to others. Works also available at the Ice House.
Please come and get pampered at one of the fabulous spas that are here in Berkeley Springs. You will benefit from the natural healing mineral waters that the town is so well-known for. Come and treat yourself while you are here visiting.
Full Service Spas
Atasia Spa 304-258-7888
Treatments include facials, pedicures, manicures, sugar polish, mud treatment and various wraps. Massage-ranging from therapeutic to aroma-stone and raindrop therapy to Reiki and reflexology. Atasia is the dream of master massage therapist, Frankie Tan, who designed and built the spa with its unique blend of Asian and western decor. All Atasia’s therapists are licensed in their specialties.
Berkeley Springs State Park 800-225-5982 / 304-258-2711
The original warm mineral springs are centerpiece of various treatments offered to the public in two facilities operated by the state of West Virginia. The main bathhouse provides sauna, baths and female massagers for women on one side and male massagers for men on the other. The historic Roman Bath House is on the north end of the park, reservations are required. The park is in the heart of town and also has an outdoor pool open in summer, a public tap for free spring water and open pools of springs run-off. Budget conscious spa goers love the park’s modest prices.
Renaissance Spa at The Country Inn 304-500-2642
For sheer pampering pleasure, nothing beats A Renaissance Spa at the Country Inn of Berkeley Springs. Sitting high above the town, spa guests are presented with a fantastic view and treated daily to famed mineral whirlpool baths for two set in private rooms, full body massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, waxing and various beauty treatments. All are provided by certified and trained professionals.
Other Spa or Wellness Services
Able Body Wellness 540-336-6872
Massage and bodywork treatments.
RnR Spa 304-258-8992
Treatments include massage, facials, waxing, pedicures, manicures and more. Our goal – “when you enter our spa you will have the feeling of rest and relaxation and you will leave feeling restored.”
Healing Springs Acupuncture 304-258-2272
Five Element Acupuncture that supports clearer energy throughout the body and spirit and eases physical pain. Contact them for more details.
Evelyn Garcia, LMT at Integrative Massage Therapy. 304-261-4960 / 304-258-9069
Evelyn has many years of experience practicing massage therapy in the Berkeley Springs. Her training includes Neuromuscular Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage, Swedish massage, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, La Stone Therapy and Reiki. These modalities can be combined to provide an integrated massage experience or requested on their own according to the client’s needs. She is available at her in-town office or on-site by appointment.
Happy Calm Acupuncture-Dixie Mullineaux 410-458-2806
Dixie provides acupuncture and related treatments that will improve, reverse and prevent a broad array of health problems. Practicing at Sage Moon Herb Shop. Appointment Only
Other Spa or Wellness Services Continued
Sage Moon Herb Shop 304-258-9228
A healing center offering Massage, Craniosacral therapy, Reiki, Cyma therapy and Quantum Analysis. Also, a large selection of bulk herbs and teas, high quality essential oils, herbal supplements.
Somatic Energy Therapies 703-409-1567
Polarity Therapy and Craniosacral Therapy are our focused energy-based modalities. We believe these “natural systems” support the personal healing processes.
Tejase Bodyworks 540-535-6188
Massage and yoga therapy to enhance well-being in body, mind and spirit. Incorporating a variety of modalities including Swedish and deep tissue massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, yoga postures, breath work and mindful meditation. Christina Page is a board-certified massage therapist and certified yoga therapist. Call for appointment.
Best Life Boot Camp 304-549-1456
Group fitness classes and Personal Training. Boot camp, strength and conditioning, stretch and strength, HIIT, low intensity options and Zumba Strong. Weight loss or plant based nutritional support
Jensuya Belly Dance 304-258-7647
Jensuya Belly dance and Mediterranean folk dance classes, workshops, mini lessons, coaching and live music and belly dance for parties and events.
Things to Do
There are so many different activities in the area to explore and have some fun. From mountains to lakes and everything else in between, there is never a dull moment!
Morgan County began its historic life as the playground of Thomas Lord Fairfax. Period letters and documents describe Fairfax’s frequent visits to his spa on the edge of the wilderness. Along with many social gatherings, he soaked in the warm mineral waters of the springs and rode into the mountains. Fairfax was occasionally joined in these adventures by his friend and Virginia neighbor, George Washington. Today, Morgan County remains a favorite playground of folks along the East Coast. The area is blessed with wooded mountains and ridges, two rivers, several lakes and a wide selection of contemporary recreation activities for both individuals and families. Natural wonders abound in the area side-by-side with man-made recreation. As part of Morgan County’s ecotourism, you can explore geology, birding, rare plants, hiking and the ecosystem of the Cacapon River on your own. Organized education opportunities are also available. Contact Travel Berkeley Springs at 1-800-447-8797 for special brochures on the Cacapon River and Morgan County as a whole.
Cacapon Resort State Park 304-258-1022 ex.4165
The 18-hole, 72 Par, Robert Trent Jonesgolf course with 73 well placed sand bunkers and a challenging 100 yard green. Opened in 1960 this championship golf course has carts, driving range, pro-shop, club house, and deer obstacles.
The Woods Resort 304-754-7222
The 18-hole Mountain View Course for the low handicappers and the Stony Lick mid length course are both great options. The Mountain View Course is mainly flat and fair course near the Pro-shop. The Stony Lick is now an 18-hole, 3600-yard, par 62 course. Contact the Woods for more information.
Located within the Cacapon Resort State Park, the lake is stocked with Trout each Spring, and also has Bass, Bluegill, and Catfish. West Virginia fishing licenses are required.
Sleepy Creek Lake
Sleepy Creek Lake is a 205-acre lake located on the 23,000-acre Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area. The lake is accessible from several points on U. S. Route 522 and WV Route 9 East near Hedgesville. The lake was built in 1962 with a maximum depth of 26 feet and an average depth of 9 feet. Pit toilets and four primitive camping areas (fees charged) are also on site. Boating with electric motors only is permitted. The lake is stocked with Bass, Crappie and Northern Pike.
Public access points are located at Country Road 10 near Cherry Run, and an additional access point near Paw Paw, WV. Bass and Bluegill are common fish.
A carry down public access point that allows small boats. Located just before the Great Cacapon on Route 9 West before the bridge. The Cacapon River is home to Large and Small Mouth Bass.
Hunting / Shooting
More than 20,000 acres in two wildlife management areas provide opportunities for hunting everything from white-tailed deer to roaming flocks of wild turkey. There are also spring and fall seasons for various game. This includes the Sleepy Creek Wildlife Area and the Widmeyer Wildlife Area.
Quail Hollow Hunts 304-258-0584
Offers the finest Quail, Pheasant, and Chukar hunting. 300+ acres present a breathtaking view and quality habitats for game. Hunting licenses are required of both residents and nonresidents 15 to 65 years of age. NEVER hunt on private land without permission. Clay Shooting is also offered.
10x Freedom Gun Range 304-258-8382
10x Range is an outdoor Range that provides a roofed pistol range up to 10 lanes. They also offer 100-yard Archery and Rifle ranges. Contact them for more information.
Hiking / Biking Trails
Cacapon Resort State Park 304-258-1022
Nine different trails with a total of twenty-three miles are perfect for both the seasoned hiker as well as the beginner hiker. Pick up a guide at the park office and explore the beautiful nature of West Virginia. Contact the park for more information.
C & O Canal 301-678-6665
Following the Potomac River from DC to Cumberland, Maryland is a 185-mile-long hiking/biking trail. Access the trail in Hancock, Maryland at marker 125. Don’t have a bike? No problem, check out C&O Bicycle, which offers bikes for rent and sale. Contact them for more information.
Washington Heritage Trail 800-447-8797
We encourage you to check out the Washington Heritage Trail that winds along the West Virginia Eastern Panhandle. Stop by the Visitor Center in Berkeley Springs to pick up maps and the guide. You can explore our “Washington” Connection in Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan County.
Cross country skiing is a popular sport on the mountain trails of Cacapon State Park as well as along the many back roads of the county. Bring your own equipment. Snowtubing and down hill skiing at Whitetail Resort in nearby Maryland are a great way to spend the day. Rentals available.
Spring, Summer and Fall recreation
Lake swimming -at Cacapon State Park: Sandy beach lake, Concession stand, lifeguards, picnic tables, barbeque grills, tennis courts and a wonderful playground. There is also a nature center with Rangers on site.
Paddle boat/kayak, canoe and paddle board rentals- at Cacapon State Park
In town public swimming pool at Berkeley Springs Park (Memorial Day to Labor Day).
River Tubing, Kayaking, and Canoeing - The Cacapon River, the Potomac River, and Sleepy Creek offer tubing, kayaking, canoeing, and white-water rafting. You can bring your own equipment, or you can contact Craft Adventures at 800-814-5980 to arrange for tubing, kayak and canoe rentals, drop off and pick up.
From Easter through Thanksgiving, mountain trail rides originate from Cacapon State Park. One of the most popular rides starts from the state park and crosses along the top of Cacapon Mountain for 10 miles to the historically and geologically prominent Cacapon Rocks. The Rocks were a common destination for 18th and 19thcentury riders. George Washington wrote often of his daily rides there. Guided horseback riding is offered by:
Triple C Outfitters, Cacapon State Park, contact them for more information. (304-258-1022 ex.4170) 818 Cacapon Lodge Drive, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411
Bailey’s Walking After Midnight Farm – Offers trail rides and lessons. Contact them for more information. (540- 888-3414 or 540-303-0569) 225 Morgan Road, Cross Junction, VA 22625
Good Luck Stable- Offers Lessons and trail rides for ages four through seventy-four. Call for more information. (570-249-0680) 10007 River Road, Hedgesville, WV 25427
Other Activities to Enjoy
The Star Theater is a historic local theater playing movies on Friday – Sunday. (304-258-140)
The Ice House is a gallery for local juried artists to exhibit and sell their artwork. For exhibit and theater information contact (304-258-2300)
The Berkeley Springs Museum has exhibits to satisfy those looking for a historical perspective. (800-447-8797)
Give Purrs a Chance is a non-profit cat adoption center located in Berkeley Springs where the felines mingle with the human guests. Entrance fee applies (304-258-7299)
The Paw Paw Tunnel (Part of the C&O Canal), is accessible to walkers and cyclists year ’round. (301-678-5463)
The Fearless Painter Community Craft Center south of Berkeley Springs on Rt 522 is a great family friendly place to make a treasured keepsake of your visit. (304-449-7028)
Forestheart - Craft Group is access to workshops, presentations, and private lessons of painting, delightful paper whimseys and cards, glass beadmaking, weaving, and custom graphic design. (Mary T. Klotz / 304-258-3878 / 301-663-3855 / [email protected])
Places to Hike
Take me home Country Roads, West Virginia! All these walks have breath taking scenery and views of the beautiful countryside.
Country Road Walks
Mountain Lake Road North Walks
Caution: Mountain Lake Road – long a favorite of local hikers and runner – has traffic count of 3,800 vehicles per day and must be hiked defensively, if at all. We strongly recommend against walking north towards Route 9. Absolutely no headphones should be used here.
Woods Resort to Golf Cours Walk
Depart main resort area left on The Woods Road. Follow The Woods Road to the Golf Pro Shop. Turn around and follow The Woods Road back to the resort. Approximately 3.5 miles, all paved, hilly.
White's Run Loop
Park at Sylvan Lake Parking Lot. Walk south (away from golf course) on Mountain Lake Road to Jasper Road. Turn right onto Jasper Road and follow for .6 mile to Lodge Road. Turn right and return to intersection with Mountain Lake Road. Turn left to Sylvan Lake Parking lot. 1.9 miles, hilly.
Mountain Lake Road / Rustic Taver Road to Cherry Run Road and Return
Terrain as flat as WV offers, traffic is light except for short portion on Mtn. Lake Road. Park at intersection of Mtn. Lake Road and Providence Road. Return to Route 9, go right 200 yards. Turn left on Rustic Tavern Road, follow to stop sign and return. Very popular with local runners and hikers. Walk is 5 miles round trip.
Sleepy Creek Hiking
Devil's Pond Hike
Is one of the most beautiful short hikes in Sleepy Creek. Reached from Maverick Trail in Sleepy Hollow, this hike takes you down rugged trails to Meadow Branch Trout Stream along a stretch with numerous rapids. View great rock formations, a waterfall and 10ft. high Rhododendron in the Spring. Less than 2 miles (1 to ½ hours) round trip.
Dug Road Hike
Is reached from Tuckahoe Trail in The Woods for from the end of Audubon Road in Sleepy Hollow (easier way). More strenuous, it involves descending to the floor of Meadow Branch Valley and then climbing back to the top of Third Hill Mountain along good fire trails. Turn around at Meadow Branch Stream. Approximately 4 miles (2 to 21/2 hours) round trip.
Eagle's Nest Hike
Is reached from Tuckahoe Trail. Park your car by the water tanks and walk back down the hill ~ 50 yards. Make a left at the orange newspaper box and follow up a small hill (you’ll see a house on each side.) The hike will turn into a jeep trail with a gate across it. Follow to the top of the mountain (Third Hill Mountain Trail). Take a right and follow approx. 15 minutes to a rock ledge trail on the right-hand side overlooking the valley. You’ve reached Eagle’s Nest. If you come across a gate and some houses, you’ve gone too far. Turn around and hike back 200 yds. To trail on left. Medium 1 to 1-1/2 hour hike.
Power Line Observation Point
Drive west up Wintercamp Trail, turn left at Toboggan Hill Trail and proceed to end of paved road. Follow on foot the dirt trail with white markings on trees (Woods Property). At White’s Knob Trail, the markings will be in red (State property). Turn left on mountain top trail (Third Hill Mountain Trail) and follow ridge to the power line for outstanding views of Back Creek Valley and Sleepy Creek Forest. Approx. 4.5 miles (2 to 21/2 hours) round trip. Vertical climb nearly 1,000’. Much of this hike is through land given to Sleepy Creek by Potomac Valley Properties, developer of The Woods. You will readily see why it belongs in the public domain.
Sleepy Creek Lake Hike
Go to Third Hill Mountain Trail from Wintercamp Trail, from Dug Road via Tuckahoe Trail, or from Audubon Road in Sleepy Hollow. Follow the Third Hill Mountain Trail south to its intersection with Meadow Branch Trail and follow Meadow Branch Trail to Sleepy Creek Lake. 8 – 12 Miles round trip, strenuous, and worth the effort for those who are reasonably fit.
Fish for Trout, Bass and Northern Pike in Sleepy Creek Lake. A West Virginia fishing license is required.
Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area
A 23,000 acre near wilderness bordering The Woods (Resort), is the first choice of many hikers. Its 70 miles of trails lead to beautiful Sleepy Creek Lake, Meadow Branch Trout Stream, Devil’s Nose and the Power Line observation post.
NOTE: Avoid hiking in Sleepy Creek during hunting seasons.
Mark your calendars to come to Berkeley Springs every year to one or more of our annual festival/activities. There is a variety of things going on all through the year and fun for all ages. Come and join us!
Annual Quilt Show Opening Reception in Berkeley Springs, April. Presented by the Delectable Mountains Quilt Guild. The Yard Square quilts hang in local businesses until Memorial Day Weekend, when they are auctioned at the Morgan Arts Council commonly known as the Ice House; proceeds to benefit a local charity selected by the Guild members.
Uniquely West Virginia Wine and Food Festival in Berkeley Springs every April celebrates our local wines and “ramps”.
Hey Girlfriend weekend in June celebrates friendships, chocolates and shopping.
Apple Butter Festival held in Berkeley Springs every year on Columbus Day weekend in October. The traditional harvest festival is kicked off by a hometown parade on Saturday morning followed by two days of family-friendly games, contests, live music, food, fine arts and local crafts. With no admission fee, we encourage anyone interested in joining us for Apple Butter to make their reservations EARLY as all available houses, hotel rooms and BnB’s will be booked solid.
Zombie Walk - Berkeley Springs downtown in October, check out the Morgan County Partnership website for more info - https://morganpartnership.org/ or call 304-258-7807.
Art & Elegance – Yearly event in November benefitting the Morgan Arts Council. Held at the Country Inn, themes change each year. A collaboration between The Arts Council and the Morgan County Business Community, it is sure to be a fun evening. Call for information: MAC at: 304-258-2300.
Festival of Light Psychic Fair and Alternative Healing Expo in November held annually at the Ice House. Featuring merchants and service providers in the fields of alternative practices including yoga, massage, therapy, readings (tarot card, mediums, ruined, etc.) For information call (304) 582-4449 or (304) 258-3509.
Winter Fest in December kicks off with a winter parade, Cocoa Crawl and tree lighting to get you in the wintertime mood. Stroll around town to enjoy the many seasonally decorated parking meters.
International Water Tasting hosted by the Country Inn in Berkeley Springs is in February during Presidents Day Weekend. This is the largest and longest running Water Tasting in the world. The Country Inn 304-258-1200. For daily schedule or questions 800-447-8797
Places of Worship
Please see the list below of all of the area houses of worship in or around Berkeley Springs.
In Town of Bath / Berkeley Springs
Berkeley Springs Presbyterian 101 Mercer Street 304-258-1352
Church of Christ 290 S Green Street 304-258-5175
First UMC 49 S Green Street 304-258-2766
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church 180 S Washington Street 304-258-2440
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Liberty & Bath Street facing Rt522 304-258-1311
Trinity-Asbury UMC 106 Wilkes Street 304-258-1033
North of Berkeley Springs
RT 9 East
Hedgesville United Methodist 201 S Mary Street. Hedgesville 304-754-8793
Mt Zion Episcopal 108 S Mary Street, Hedgesville 304-702-7111
St. Bernadette Catholic Church 113 W. Main Street, Hedgesville 304-754-7830
Tomahawk Presbyterian Church Off Back Creek Valley Rd, Hedgesville 304-754-8869
Warm Springs Baptist 3683 Pious Ridge Rd, Berkeley Springs 304-258-1551
Berkeley Springs is a short distance from where some of these historic battles took place. Enjoy a day filled with the history of this area and see some of the beautiful countryside that surrounds the battlefields.
Antietam National Battlefield
P.O. Box 158 / Sharpsburg, MD 21782-0158 / 301-432-5124
Established by Act of Congress on August 30, 1890, this Civil War site marks the end of General Robert E. Lee's first invasion of the North in September 1862. The battle claimed more than 23,000 men killed, wounded, and missing in one single day, September 17,1862, and led to Lincoln's issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Audiovisual Program: "Antietam", is shown on the hour from 9:00am to 4:00pm. This 25-minute movie describes the Maryland Campaign and the Battle of Antietam. Narrated by James Earl Jones, “Antietam” is shown in the visitor center theater.
Tours: The best way to view the battlefield is to take the self-guided driving tour. The tour road is 8½ miles long with 11 stops. Most visitors drive the route, but walking and biking are encouraged. CD audio tours, which enhance the self-guided tour, may be purchased from the bookstore.
Interpretive Programs: During the summer season scheduled talks are conducted daily by park rangers. Check at the Visitor Center for a daily schedule.
Harpers Ferry National Historic Park
P.O. Box 65 | Harpers Ferry, West Virginia 25425 | (304) 535-6298
THE HISTORY OF HARPERS FERRY HAS FEW PARALLELS IN THE AMERICAN DRAMA. It is more than one event, one date, or one individual. It is multi-layered – involving a diverse number of people and events that influenced the course of our nation's history. Harpers Ferry witnessed the first successful application of interchangeable manufacture, the arrival of the first successful American railroad, John Brown's attack on slavery, the largest surrender of Federal troops during the Civil War, and the education of former slaves in one of the earliest integrated schools in the United States.
John Brown's Raid
John Brown believed he could free the slaves, and he selected Harpers Ferry as his starting point. Determined to seize the 100,000 weapons at the Arsenal and to use the Blue Ridge Mountains for guerrilla warfare, abolitionist Brown launched his raid on Sunday evening, October 16, 1859. His 21-man "army of liberation" seized the Armory and several other strategic points. Thirty-six hours after the raid begun, with most of his men killed or wounded, Brown was captured in the Armory fire engine house (now known as "John Brown's Fort") when U.S. Marines stormed the building.
Brought to trial at nearby Charles Town, Brown was found guilty of treason, of conspiring with slaves to rebel, and murder. He was hanged on December 2, 1859. John Brown's short-lived raid failed, but his trial and execution focused the nation's attention on the moral issue of slavery and headed the country toward civil war.
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The Civil War
The Civil War had a profound and disastrous effect on Harpers Ferry, leaving a path of destruction that wrecked the town's economy and forced many residents to depart forever. Because of the town's strategic location on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad at the northern end of the Shenandoah Valley, Union and Confederate troops moved through Harpers Ferry frequently. The town changed hands eight times between 1861 and 1865.
On April 18, 1861, less than 24 hours after Virginia seceded from the Union, Federal soldiers set fire to the Armory and Arsenal to keep them out of Confederate hands. The Arsenal and 15,000 weapons were destroyed, but the Armory flames were extinguished and the weapons-making equipment was shipped south. When the Confederates abandoned the town two months later, they burned most of the factory buildings and blew up the railroad bridge.
Federal forces re-occupied Harpers Ferry in 1862. During the Confederacy's first invasion of the North, on September 15, 1862, Maj. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson surrounded and captured the 12,500-man Union garrison stationed here. When the Federals returned to Harpers Ferry after the Battle of Antietam, they began transforming the surrounding heights into fortified encampments to protect both the town and the railroad. In 1864, Union Gen. Philip H. Sheridan used Harpers Ferry as his base of operations against Confederate troops in the Shenandoah Valley
African-Americans have been a part of the Harpers Ferry story since before the American Revolution. The first black arrived here in the mid-1700s as a slave to Robert Harper. By the time of John Brown's Raid in 1859, about ten percent of the town's residents were black. The town's 150 slaves, considered property, could be rented out, sold, used as collateral for business transactions, or given away. Another 150 "free" blacks often worked as laborers or teamsters, but some prospered as skilled masons, plasterers, butchers, and blacksmiths.
During the Civil War, Harpers Ferry became one of many Union garrison towns where runaway slaves, or "contraband," sought refuge. Following the Civil War, New England Freewill Baptist missionaries acquired several vacant Armory buildings on Camp Hill and, in 1867, started Storer College, an integrated school designed primarily to educate former slaves but open to students of all races and both genders. Frederick Douglass served as a trustee of the college, and delivered a memorable oration on the subject of John Brown here in 1881.
By the end of the 19th century, the promise of freedom and equality for blacks had been buried by Jim Crow laws and legal segregation. To combat these injustices, Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois and other leading African-Americans created the Niagara Movement, which held its second conference on the campus of Storer College in 1906. The Niagara Movement was a forerunner to the NAACP.
In 1954, legal segregation was finally ended by the landmark school desegregation decision handed down by the Supreme Court in Brown v. The Board of Education. A year later Storer College closed its doors. Today the National Park Service continues the college's educational mission by using part of the old campus as a training facility.
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The United States Armory and Arsenal, established here in 1799, transformed Harpers Ferry from a remote village into an industrial center. Between 1801 and the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, the Armory produced more than 600,000 muskets, rifles, and pistols, and employed, at times, over 400 workers. Inventor John H. Hall pioneered interchangeable firearms manufacture at his Rifle Works between 1820-1840, and helped lead the change from craft-based production to manufacture by machine.
Before the Civil War, Virginius Island boasted a number of private industries, including a sawmill, flour mill, machine shop, two cotton mills, tannery, and iron foundry. Lewis Wernwag, a noted bridgebuilder from Philadelphia, was one of the island's first entrepreneurs. Following the war, two water-powered pulp mills were erected along the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. Today only ruins remain of Harpers Ferry's 19th-century industrial heyday.
The convergence here of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, the Winchester & Potomac Railroad, and the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal in the mid-1830s inaugurated an era of economic and industrial growth that lasted until the Civil War. Trains and boats reduced travel time from days to hours and served as avenues for local commerce. German and Irish laborers who helped to build the railroad and canal later settled in the area and diversified the local culture. The ferry service operated by Robert Harper in the mid-1700s became obsolete as bridges spanned the rivers. Even George Washington promoted commerce in the region as first president of the Patowmack Company, which was formed in 1785 to permit boats of "shallow draft" to navigate the Potomac River. Today, only the railroad remains as an active reminder of the town's rich transportation heritage.
The Harpers Ferry water gap has attracted human attention for centuries. Native Americans, early settlers, railroad and canal used the gap in the Blue Ridge as an avenue of travel and transport. The rivers that carved the gap also produced power for the town's mills and factories. Hardwoods from the mountains provided charcoal for industry and fuel for stoves. Harpers shale afforded excellent building material. Although severe floods have sometimes ravaged what human hands have built, the land here has proven resilient.
Today, wetlands fill abandoned canals and plants and animals use old ruins as homes. Throughout years of human alteration and natural reclamation, the picturesque landscape has remained a constant – inspiring writers, artists, and millions of visitors. Thomas Jefferson, for instance, described the scene here as "worth a voyage across the Atlantic" in his Notes on the State of Virginia.
Gettysburg National Military Park
97 Taneytown Road / Gettysburg, PA 17325-2804 / 717-334-1124
Located 50 miles northwest of Baltimore, the small town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania was the site of the largest battle ever waged during the American Civil War. Fought in the first three days of July 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg resulted in a hallmark victory for the Union "Army of the Potomac" and successfully ended the second invasion of the North by General Robert E. Lee's "Army of Northern Virginia". Historians have referred to the battle as a major turning point in the war, the "High Water Mark of the Confederacy". It was also the bloodiest single battle of the war, resulting in over 51,000 soldiers killed, wounded, captured or missing.
The Soldiers' National Cemetery at Gettysburg was dedicated on November 19, 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln delivered his immortal Gettysburg Address. The cemetery contains more than 7,000 interments including over 3,500 from the Civil War.
Post-battle efforts preserved small portions of the battlefield as a memorial to the Union victory. On February 11, 1895, congressional legislation was signed to establish Gettysburg National Military Park as a memorial dedicated to the armies that fought this great battle. Gettysburg National Military Park incorporates nearly 6,000 acres, with 26 miles of park roads and over 1,400 monuments, markers, and memorials.
Plan to spend at least four hours at the park, though an entire day is more desirable. The park is open 9am – 5pm daily. Visit the National Park Visitor Center and view the vast museum of Civil War relics. While there, view the 20-minute Introductory film about the Battle of Gettysburg. Next, visit the adjacent Cyclorama Center, which has additional museum artifacts and the massive painting of the Battle of Gettysburg, featuring the climax of "Pickett's Charge". Tour the battlefield park on your own with a self guiding tour or with a Licensed Battlefield Guide (fee). During the summer months, there are free ranger led programs and special walks. Tickets for Museum Center range from $7 (youth 6-12) to $9 (ages 13+). Tickets for the museum plus the Film and Cyclorama are slightly higher, consult the website for current rates and discounts.
Monocacy National Battlefield
4801 Urbana Pike / Frederick, 21704-7307 / (301) 662-3515
Known as the "Battle That Saved Washington", the battle of Monocacy on July 9, 1864 between 18,000 Confederate forces under General Jubal Early, and 5,800 Union forces under General Lew Wallace, marked the last campaign of the Confederacy to carry the war into the north. One of the objectives of this campaign was to capture Washington, D.C.
Although this battle was a military victory for the Confederates, it was also a defeat. Time spent for battle cost the Confederates a day's delay in marching on the federal capital. General Lew Wallace's defense along the Monocacy bought critical time to allow Washington to be reinforced. Early's raid would be thwarted and the war would be taken to the south for the rest of the war.
At Gambrill Mill: Exhibit area located in Gambrill Mill visitor center includes electric map orientation program, interactive computer program, artifacts and interpretive displays of the battle. Trails, Roads: Stop at the visitor center for directions to the Worthington Farm Trail and Gambrill's Mill Trail and pick up a map for the Auto Tour of the battlefield area with directions to the five monuments. Programs/Activities: Programs vary throughout the year. Programs are offered by rangers and at special events in coordination with Living History volunteers. The Visitor Center is open 9am – 5pm daily.
Fort Frederick State Park
11100 Fort Frederick Road / Big Pool, MD 21711 /(301) 842-2155
The site of Maryland's frontier defense during the French and Indian War (1754-1763), the Fort's stone wall and two barracks have been restored to their 1758 appearance. Historic displays are in the Fort, barracks and Visitor Center. The park annually holds military reenactments and other special events. Park lands adjoin the Potomac River and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal passes through park acreage. Tours are available by request. Daily Living History programming is available from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
The stone fort, named in honor of Maryland's Lord Proprietor, Frederick Calvert, Sixth Lord Baltimore, was erected by Governor Horatio Sharpe in 1756 to protect English settlers from the French and their Indian allies. Fort Frederick was unique because of its large size and strong stone wall. Most other forts of the period were built of wood and earth. The fort served as an important supply base for English campaigns. During 1763, an Ottawa Indian chief named Pontiac forged a massive Indian uprising. Several hundred settlers and militia force sought protection within the fort during this brief uprising.
Fort Frederick saw service again during the American Revolution as a prison for Hessian (German) and British soldiers. In 1791, the State of Maryland sold the fort. For the next 131 years, the fort and surrounding were farmed.
In 1922, the State of Maryland re-purchased the fort. Throughout the 1920's, the State began development of Maryland's first state park. During the Great Depression of the 1930's, a company of the Civilian Conservation Corps was assigned to the park to reconstruct the dilapidated stone wall, perform archaeology with the reconstruction of the enlisted men's barracks stone wall, and locate the foundations of the original interior buildings. Restoration continued in 1975. Future plans include reconstruction of the Officer's Quarters and other defensive works