5 Glorious Natural Springs in Virginia and Where to Find Them

Written by Alyssa Shea
Updated: October 25, 2023
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Are you looking to enjoy a natural spring? This is an experience that can’t be matched! It might surprise you to find out that there are many natural springs you can check out in Virginia. If you want to head out and explore these springs, you can learn more information below!

1. Alum Springs

Located off the Blue Gray Parkway, Alum Hot Springs is a great spot to retreat to when you need some time away from the hustle and bustle of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Alum Spring Park is a great spot to enjoy a picnic and take in the sights of nature. While there is a shallow gulley you have to cross in your vehicle, you will find it’s well worth the trip. Finding parking might not be easy, so try to get there early and secure your spot!

Hazel Run at Alum Spring Park in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Alum Springs is consistently around 72°F.

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2. Shenandoah Hot Springs

Are you looking for a more luxurious hot spring experience? The Shenandoah Hot Springs might be right for you! This water park has specific sets of rules for safety, so keep this in mind while visiting with your family. You can still visit the outdoor portions that are open to the public, but only when weather permits. The water park maintains the springs at a wonderful and relaxing temperature of 72°F.

An autumn golden hour photo at Hogback Overlook on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.

Explore the Shenandoah National Park, nestled against the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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3. Falling Spring

The Falling Spring is a roadside attraction that many adventurers visit! Nestled in Alleghany Highlands in Alleghany County, this 80-foot waterfall and spring is a sight to behold. Thomas Jefferson, then Governor of Virginia, described the falls as “a remarkable cascade…falling over a rock about 200 feet to the valley below.” These falls are the largest waterfalls in all of Virginia! The water is a very pleasant 77°F so bring your bathing suit and enjoy your time.

Appalachian mountains long exposure of Falling Spring Waterfall and green yellow forest trees in rural countryside autumn in Covington, Virginia

This 80-foot waterfall is the reward for a long trek into the Virginian wilderness.

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4. Blowing Springs

Visitors to Blowing Springs Campground are amazed by the spa-themed natural waters of Blowing Springs. The underground waters are an incredible feature! The distinctive geological feature creates a duct that blows air from the rocks at a constant 58 degrees. The campground offers plenty of room for camping activities. The lower portion of the campground has wide-open grassy fields, while the upper portion is smaller yet provides a more wooded setting.

Hot Springs, USA downtown town village city in Virginia countryside with street road highway 615 and 220 directional sign for Warm Springs and arrow

Those who visit Blowing Springs Campground marvel at the spa-like natural waters of Blowing Springs.

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5. Warm Springs Pools

Are you looking for a more resort-like experience when it comes to enjoying natural springs? The Omni Homestead Resort has two historic pools. You can check out the naturally heated Jefferson Pools as well as the serene Serenity Garden Pool! The bathhouses are open at specific times, so make sure you set your reservations accordingly. You are going to be treated to natural, body-temperature waters all year round! The original octagonal stone basin was thoughtfully restored and is covered by a new octagonal frame building.

Warm Springs historic town and old run-down closed Jefferson Pools octagon architecture building in Virginia Bath County countryside in mountains

These naturally made, mineral-enriched thermal springs are located at the Omni Homestead Resort.

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Summary of Natural Springs in Virginia

1Alum Springs
2Shenandoah Hot Springs
3Falling Spring
4Blowing Springs
5Warm Springs Pools

The photo featured at the top of this post is © rarrarorro/Shutterstock.com


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I'm a 36-year-old mother of 2 and military wife. I have 2 dogs and a cat that I'm thoroughly obsessed with. When I'm not writing for work, I'm writing as a hobby. You can find me knee deep in a pile of books or way too invested in a video game.

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