How To Enjoy the Natural Warm Waters

Hot Springs provides many opportunities for travelers to enjoy the warm mineral waters. The most popular is Evans Plunge, the world’s largest natural warm-water pool and South Dakota’s oldest tourist attraction. Fred Evans started it in 1890 as a cornerstone of his vision for a resort city. Not far from the Plunge is Moccasin Springs, a comfy spa with outdoor pools and baths fashioned around the stately ruins of an 1880s bathhouse. For a wilder experience, drive south on Highway 71 about 10 miles. After passing a historic, sandstone structure (the only remnant of the town of Cascade), you’ll see a small park and nature area on the west side of the road — a good place to picnic. Two miles farther south is Cascade Falls, an unusual swimming hole. Once a local hideaway, the tiny falls have now grown so popular that the Forest Service built a trail and parking area. However, it’s still wild. Beware of rattlesnakes, poison ivy and noisy, laughing children.

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