Where to go for a soak in Alabama

The best hot springs in Alabama

Looking to kick back and relax this weekend? A natural hot spring or mineral spring is a wonderful, all-natural way to soak your cares away. Here are our top three picks for the best mineral springs in Alabama.

Blount Springs

This sulfur mineral spring became the center of high society during the 1800s, with the upper classes seeking out the cool springs in summer, in the days before air conditioning. The last resort burned down in 1915, although developers have begun construction on a planned community at the site. The springs still bubble up, if you know where to look for them.

Bladon Springs State Park

This 357 acre park was originally opened as a spa in 1838, which welcomed visitors from all over the world who came to soak in the therapeutic mineral springs. Today the park offers a great campground with full hook-ups, and is located near a national wildlife refuge.

Blue Springs State Park

This park’s modern, 50-space campground provides convenient access to the park’s other draw: a swimming pool fed by the mineral springs on site.

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