Hot Springs, North Carolina has recently been named “The Best Small Mountain Town” from Georgia to West Virginia by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. Hot Springs is best known for its natural hot mineral springs. This quaint mountain town is located just 35 miles north of Asheville at the junction of the Appalachian Trail and the French Broad River. Surrounded by the Pisgah National Forest, Hot Springs is a haven for those seeking outdoor adventure, healing and relaxation, or a quiet romantic getaway.
Outdoor Adventure Hot Springs is a haven for outdoor adventure. The Appalachian Trail runs right through the middle of town and there are a number of great hikes ranging from easy to challenging within walking distance. Whitewater enthusiasts love the rapids on the French Broad River and there are a number of rafting companies right in town You can also go mountain biking, take a llama trek, fish in trout stocked Spring Creek or horseback ride. In warmer weather you can cool off with a trip to Max Patch, a 5000 foot tall bald, with incredible views or take a swim in the nearby Laurel River or Dudley Falls..
Healing and Relaxation As one of the few sources of natural 100-plus degree mineral spring water on the east coast, Hot Springs has long been a source of healing and relaxation. After a busy day, soak in hot mineral water on the banks of the French Broad River or enjoy a relaxing massage.
Romantic Getaways Hot Springs is a popular destination for romantic getaways. Spend a day or two or a week in a cabin in a wooded setting or a romantic Victorian inn. Enjoy a romantic outdoor dinner by Spring Creek or on a porch with beautiful mountain views. Top your day off with a relaxing soak in the hot mineral baths. It's easy to understand why Hot Springs is a wedding destination setting for dozens of weddings and elopements each year.
Dining and Shopping Hot Springs offers dining that ranges from casual gourmet. Dine on the porch of a 19th century inn or enjoy country cooking or steak and seafood with a selection of beer or wine. Specialty shops in town carry a variety of goods. There are a couple of ice cream shops for your sweet tooth, an antique shop and an old time hardware store.
Lodging Hot Springs offers a wide range of accommodations for travelers. Within walking distance of this quaint mountain town there are a number of cabins and cottages, vacation rentals, an 1890's hotel, a charming Victorian inn and more. There are also camp grounds for those who want a great outdoor experience.