Tired of the beach or the pool and want to try something different? Why not check out a natural spring?
These cool water features are hidden all over the country, often in some of the places you’d least expect. And many tie in with great natural spots that are popular for hiking and biking.
If you want to check out some of the best natural springs to visit across the country, look no further.
In this post, we’re going to share a few of our favorites.
Hot Springs State Park, Wyoming
Many people head to Yellowstone National Park to check out The Boiling River. You shouldn’t miss that either. However, if you want more, you can drive a few hours away along the Big Fork River to Hot Springs State Park. This park has a small bathhouse and a number of indoor and outdoor pools. Many of them reach over 130 degrees, which makes for a nice way to chase away the chill in Big Sky Country.
Olympic Hot Springs, Washington
Inside Olympic National Park, there’s a 2.5 mile long hike that will take you from the Boulder Creek Trailhead to the Olympic Hot Springs. This area was once developed to be a fancy resort but the plans were canceled once the lease expired on the land. That means all the better for visitors who can enjoy a variety of pools under an umbrella of greenery. A very nice way to relax.
Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
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If you want to go on on a tour of the country’s natural springs, don’t forget Arkansas’ Hot Springs National Park. The park has a few different sections for baths, depending on how friendly you want to get with others. There’s also a traditional bathhouse too. This park is unique in that these hot springs have been designated as a tourist spot since the early 1800s and was once known as “America’s Spa.”
Fifth Water Hot Springs, Utah
Not far from Spanish Fork, Utah, you can take a trailhead to Fifth Water Hot Springs which is tucked away in Diamond Fork Canyon. The hike is less than five miles out and back and is considered an easy walk. You’ll be rewarded with beautiful sites once you get there. The natural springs are surrounded by a series of waterfalls. If you go as the sun goes down, you’ll be treated to an incredible night sky view.
Boquillas Hot Springs, Texas
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The Boquillas Hot Springs is part of Texas’ Big Bend National Park. These springs are a great way to visit the past. Peoples from thousands of years ago have enjoyed and explored this area, leaving rock art and formations. More recently, this area was once part of a town. The hot springs were home to a post office and a bathhouse in the early 1900s.
As you can see, there are plenty of beautiful natural springs all over the country to enjoy. But, if you’re headed out to any of these parks, make sure you stop and enjoy a well-deserved soak for a few minutes. It’s worth the hike!