Coolfont Mountainside Association (CMA) is a small community located near the town of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. The community was founded in 1969, and is nearly 400 acres in size. The area is primarily a seasonal and weekend retreat, but several of the homeowners reside year-round.
The Berkeley Springs area of West Virginia is less than a two-hour drive from major metropolitan areas such as Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland. It is best known for its warm mineral springs and is famous for being the country’s first ‘spa’, frequented by Native Americans long before the first European settlers appeared. This part of West Virginia is rich in history and natural beauty, and draws thousands of visitors each year.
The Coolfont community is situated near Sir Johns Run which meets the Potomac River a few miles north. Nestled on the eastern side of Cacapon Mountain, the topography rises from almost flat to a slope of approximately 30 percent. Elevation within the community ranges between 800 and 1,200 feet above sea level.
Coolfont Resort was founded in 1961 by Sam Ashelman and his partner, Al Capen. The resort, which offered boating, swimming, hiking, health and wellness classes and entertainment at the Treetops Lodge, was popular with thousands of visitors each year. Among the guests were Vice President Al Gore, Federal agency cabinet secretaries, and numerous associations and groups who used the meeting facilities of the resort.
The Coolfont Mountainside Association was independent of the resort and self-governed from the mid-1970’s.