Enjoy the best hot springs in Virginia straight from the source at The Omni Homestead Resort. Two major springs from the Allegheny Mountains flow through the property and allow visitors to soak in the natural mineral waters of our Jefferson Pools. The springs are naturally heated and do not require any chemical treatments.
The legendary Jefferson Pools are the cream of the crop of Virginia hot springs and have drawn visitors from across the country for centuries. The pools are named for Thomas Jefferson, who sojourned here in 1818 to spend three weeks relaxing within our Virginia mountain spa. Soaking in the Gentlemen's Pool House three times a day, Jefferson proclaimed the spring waters to be "of the first merit." Today you can follow in the footsteps of Jefferson and so many other renowned Americans by with an hour-long Jefferson Soak, a restorative mountain spa treatment for $17.
The Jefferson Pools consist of two main buildings, which allow for men and women to have their own oasis to heal and relax. Guests under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present during family time and are not permitted during the adult soaking time.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Open daily: 10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Family soak (swimsuits required): 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Adult soak (swimsuits optional): 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
HISTORY OF THE POOLS AND SPRINGS
Local legends say that Native Americans journeying through the valley discovered these magnificent crystal springs hundreds of years ago, and archaeological evidence seems to confirm that this area has been used by humans for at least 9,000 years.
The first recorded survey of the area was done by Thomas and Andrew Lewis. Thomas Lewis and his son obtained 140 acres of the land, including the warm springs. Andrew Lewis was an early partner of Thomas Bullett, who procured 300 acres including the hot springs and built the first hotel in 1766 on the site of The Omni Homestead Resort.
The Gentlemen’s Pool House, the large, octagonal, white wooden building, along with the pool inside it, was built in 1761. The oldest spa structure in the U.S., it was intended for use by both ladies and gentlemen, although at separate, alternating times. The pool is similar in size and shape to the nearby mineral springs – about 120 feet in circumference with approximately 43,000 gallons of constantly flowing spring water. In 1836, the circular Ladies’ Pool House was constructed to give the ladies their own pool.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE WATER
The United States Geological Survey has determined that these springs have a remarkably uniform rate of flow and temperature. Unaffected by changes of the seasons, the waters remain at a natural body temperature all year and flow at the astounding rate of 1,700,000 gallons per day. The waters have an unusually high level of mineral content – guests find that they can float easily – and are so crystal clear a book can easily be read through them.
JEFFERSON POOLS GIFT SHOP
Our exclusive Jefferson Pools products, crafted from the natural spring waters of the Jefferson Pools and pure mountain ginseng, are available in our Gift Shop, along with a variety of special gifts perfect for family and friends. Gift certificates are also available.