Hot Springs, North Carolina

Hot Springs, NC

Hot Springs, North Carolina, is perhaps best known for its hot mineral springs, but you can certainly find many other things to do! This small village in Madison County is located just 40 minutes north of Asheville at the junction of the Appalachian Trail (goes right through downtown) and the French Broad River. Recently voted the Best "Small Mountain Town" from Georgia to West Virginia and surrounded by the Pisgah National Forest, Hot Springs is a haven for those seeking outdoor adventure, healing and relaxation, or a quiet romantic getaway in a charming mountain village.

Hot Springs Lovers Leap

Outdoor Adventure
This is definitely the place for outdoor enthusiasts, especially since hikers on the famous Appalachian Trail walk through the middle of town and whitewater enthusiasts love the rapids on the French Broad River (see their Hot Springs whitewater rafting guide). The view of Hot Springs above is from the Lover's Leap hike on the AT (must do!). Go mountain biking, take a llama trek, fish a while or take a horseback ride. Or hike the grassy meadow atop Max Patch. And hike or drive to the Rich Mountain Lookout Tower.

Hot Mineral Springs

Hot Springs Soak
Soak in the natural hot mineral waters, heated deep within the earth at the legendary Hot Springs Resort and Spa. These crystal clear carbonated waters are world famous for their legendary healing powers. They pipe the water into modern outdoor Jacuzzi type hot tubs that are drained and sanitized after each use. They also have a staff of massage therapists and a campground. Outdoor mineral baths ranging from 98-102 degrees are available seven days a week, year-round. Read more about a soak.

Dining and Shopping
With dining that ranges from the gourmet lovers' fare to country cookin' to steak and seafood with adult beverages from local breweries, Hot Springs has foods to entice any taste bud. Specialty shops in town carry a variety of goods, from local arts and crafts at ArtiSun Gallery to outdoor provisions and fishing gear at Bluff Mountain Outfitters.

Lodging
A wide range of accommodations await the weary travelers in Hot Springs, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Within this picturesque mountain town is everything from rustic camping or a hostel to secluded log cabin vacation rentals to romantic bed and breakfast inns.

Weddings
The romantic setting of Hot Springs is the backdrop to many destination weddings and honeymoons. Stay in a quaint bed and breakfast, mountain cabin or cottage, stroll through the shops and dine in one of the local restaurants (no restaurant chains here).

French Broad River, Hot Springs

Walk across the bridge over the French Broad River (on the Appalachian Trail) for this spectacular view.

Directions from Asheville
From I-240 in the downtown area, take exit 4A onto Highway I-26W and U.S. 19/23 North toward Weaverville. Go 8.5 miles until you see a sign that says Hot Springs 2nd right (U.S. Highway 25/70). Follow Highway 25/70 North about 28 miles to Hot Springs, North Carolina.

Click here to go to the Hot Springs Web site.

Featured in Hot Springs

Mountain Magnolia Inn
Relax at this mountain getaway near hot mineral springs that has been featured in Southern Living, This Old House magazine and HGTV.  This 1868 Victorian estate is surrounded by beautiful gardens and mountain views. Acclaimed restaurant and spa services. $105-255, 7 rooms, 3 two-bedroom suites, 3 cottages, 2... read more
NOC French Broad
NOC French Broad River Rafting
Take a guided whitewater rafting trip near Asheville on the scenic French Broad River with its splashy Class II and III rapids! Ideal for families and groups. The full-day trip finishes with Frank Bell's Rapid, a thrilling Class IV drop.
Riverdance B&B
Recently featured on "Wheel of Fortune," see what made Pat and Vanna swoon. Be captivated by the mountain views 300 ft. above the loop of the Big Laurel Creek while hearing the water below from cliffside decks in a hot tub. Two suites, $115-165, #1 B&B in Hot Springs by TripAdvisor, pet-friendly,... read more
Hot Springs Soak NC
Hot Springs Mineral Soak
Soak in the natural hot mineral springs by the river, used by visitors for centuries seeking the legendary healing powers. Located about an hour's drive north of Asheville on the Appalachian Trail.
French Broad Rafting
French Broad Rafting
Asheville’s closest whitewater experience. Experience a fun-filled rafting adventure with knowledgeable guides or choose a milder Calm Water Float Trip in the heart of the scenic valley near Hot Springs. And the French Broad River is warmer and less crowded than other area rivers. Half and full day trips. 
French Broad Zipline
French Broad Ziplines
Explore the great outdoors from the treetops near Hot Springs, just 30 minutes from downtown Asheville. The 10-line, 2-rappel zip line canopy tour traverses a mile of cable, with stunning, long-range mountain views. Create memories of a lifetime, led by expert guides with state-of-the-art gear.
Blue Heron Whitewater
Blue Heron Whitewater, Hot Springs
Enjoy rafting trips (or inflatable kayaks) and calm water float trips on the French Broad River with a fantastic combination of whitewater rapids, swimming holes, beautiful scenery, history and wildlife near Asheville. Excellent, fun-loving guides and all the appropriate river equipment ensure a great time.
Max Patch on Appalachian Trail
Max Patch on Appalachian Trail
(1.4 or 2.4 miles, easy) Hike a section of the famous Appalachian National Scenic Trail (or AT) near Hot Springs. What a picnic spot, with 360-degree mountain views! The 1.4-mile short loop crosses the summit. The 2.4-mile loop circles the mountain for outstanding views from all the sides. Or extend your hike in either direction of the AT.
Lover's Leap
Lover's Leap
(3.2-mile loop, moderate) Hike from downtown Hot Springs via the Appalachian Trail.  You will climb to a rock outcropping for beautiful views of the river and town. It's a romantic spot, but don't leap!
Rich Mountain Lookout Fire Tower, North Carolina
Rich Mountain Lookout Fire Tower, Hot Springs
Drive to or hike the Appalachain Trail (5 miles roundtrip) to enjoy the panoramic mountain views from atop the historic tower.
Appalachian Medley
Appalachian Medley Scenic Byway
The 45-mile North Carolina Scenic Byway is named for the rich history of local music. It follows NC 209 from Lake Junaluska to Hot Springs, through farmland and Pisgah National Forest. Stop at the Trust General Store and the tiny St. Jude's Chapel of Hope.

Hot Springs Festivals

French Broad River Festival
French Broad River Festival
Friday, May 5, 2017 to Sunday, May 7, 2017
This grassroots festival in Hot Springs on the banks of the French Broad features some of the best music in the area, camping and outdoor events in celebration of this beautiful river.
Bluff Mountain Festival
Bluff Mountain Festival
Saturday, June 10, 2017
This free, family-friendly festival in Hot Springs (at the spa) features great old-time and bluegrass music, ballads, clogging, square dancing, as well as a silent auction and raffle of regional artwork, local crafts, vacation packages and more. 10 AM to 6 PM. Offers an array of delicious foods, too.
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