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Great Cacapon Medicine Water Tourist Attractions

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Great Cacapon Wonders
Photograph courtesy of Rhonda Donaldson

History of the Area

They say Great Cacapon takes it’s name from the Cacapon river, which in Native American translation means “Medicine Water.”   According to the history of the Castle of Berkeley Springs, Native Americans as far away as Canada made passage to this river to drink the water to cure ailments.  Magic in it’s own right, the area is simply stunning and beautiful. It’s no wonder this was settlement to so many Native American tribes back in the 1700’s or before.  History of the Delaware and Shawnee tribes among others are told in the “Battle of Great Cacapon” with George Washington in 1756.

Pronounced Kay-Kay-Pon, we’ve even seen it spelled  Great Cacapehon in 1700’s history books, many accounts in Google Book Search.   According to Wikipedia, “It was originally known as Cacapon Depot on the B&O Railroad mainline when a post office was established in 1848. “  The official name change did not occur until 1876, its name was changed to Great Cacapon to clear up some confusion with Little Cacapon and this area. As for population, last census put them on the map at 386.

Cox Camping at Great Cacapon is approximately 12 miles “up” or “down” the mountain depending on who you are asking from the center of Berkley Springs.   You must follow the river and see the gorgeous views along the way including the Castle….sounds like a great place for a BBQ festival huh?

While You Visit…

.  A quick trip to the Berkeley Springs and you can see George Washington’s bathtub and visit the rest of Cacapon State Park.

Ralf Brown has a huge gallery of Berkeley Springs photos here.

This part of the Appalachian mountains includes wondrous Prospect Peak, where you can look down and see the winding glory of the river, the Paw Paw tunnel and of course, visit the Castle which may be haunted!

Castle of Berkeley Springs

Pic found on the official Castle page here.

There is even a Facebook page for people who like Great Cacapon!

You can view more photographs on Rhonda Donaldson’s Blog here.