Fordyce Bathhouse Visitor Center Closed
The Fordyce Bathhouse Visitor Center is closed until Fall 2013 for a major maintenance project. A temporary park Visitor Center, along with the park store, are located in the Lamar Bathhouse at the south end of Bathhouse Row. Call for more information.
Courtesy of Buckstaff Baths
A regimented bathing routine was established in the 1800s according to the tradition of the European spas. This routine is still used at most of the bathhouses today. You may decline any portions you do not wish to have. This is the experience at the Buckstaff Bathhouse.
1. Purchase a bath ticket and lock your valuables in a security box.
2. You will be guided to the dressing room where an attendant provides a bathsheet for you to wear.
3. In the bath halls, you have a private bath tub which your attendant has cleaned and filled with fresh 98-100-degree water. The tubs are large enough for you to stretch out and you soak for 20 minutes. You may purchase a personal luffa bath mitt for a back scrub if desired.
4. Full steam cabinets (two minutes) or head-out cabinets (five minutes) can benefit lung or sinus conditions.
5. Sitz (sitting) tubs filled with 108-degree water for ten minutes are great for problems and pains in the lower back.
6. Applications of hot packs (up to four for twenty minutes) provide heat therapy for specific aches or pains.
7. The two-minute cool-down shower is a refreshing, tingling experience.
8. A full-body Swedish massage lasting twenty minutes or more is optional and costs extra.
Did You Know?
The name Gulpha Creek is a corruption of the French name for the stream. Explorer William Dunbar reports the name "Fourche á Calfat" in the journal of his visit in 1804. Calfat eventually became Gulpha.