Places to Stay
If you are through hiking or section hiking without a car, the most convenient places to camp are in town.
Located along the French Broad River, directly across from the Hot Springs Spa, the campground has tent sites, RV sites and cabins. There is a Camp Store which sells refreshments and basic things you might need. The campground has bathrooms.
Tent sites: $24-$60/night
RV Sites: $40-$45/night
Laughing Heart Hostel
Located on NC 25/70 across from the elementary school, hikers can’t miss the Laughing Heart Lodge and Hostel. You can pitch a tent there for $10, which includes shower access.
Lover’s Leap Trail
There are several informal, primitive camp sites along the North side of the French Broad River on the Lover’s Leap Trail.
Out of Town Camping
Creek Ridge Camping
is ½ mile up NC 209 at the edge of town, and is located right on Spring Creek.
Camping Rates: $40-$60/night
Cabins starting at $60/night
Chalet rate $100/night
Pets allowed $5/pet
Hot Springs NC
The grand-daddy of hostels in Hot Springs. Located right on the AT across the street from Dollar General and the Smoky Mountain Diner, Sunnybank is one of the beautiful historic houses in Hot Springs and was formerly the house of Jane Gentry, famous balladeer. Guests enjoy a music room with instruments available to play, and extensive movie and book library, 6 outdoor porches, and a private backyard with a fire pit. Elmer Hall, long-term innkeeper, prepares and serves organic, garden fresh vegetarian breakfasts and dinners for guests.
Hiker Rates: $20/night per person for a private room, includes linens, towels, shower
Work for stay or food often available
Located on the Appalachian Trail at the base of Deer Park Mountain, the Laughing Heart Hostel offers bunk rooms, single private rooms, double private rooms or camping. WI-FI, Dvds and movie watching, and a kitchenette are available, as well as showers and laundry. Pets are allowed.
Single Private Room: $25/night
Double Private Room: $40/night
Laundry: $5/ load, includes wash, dry and detergent
Showers for non-guests: $5
Work for stay is sometimes available
Hotels and Motels
Alpine Court Motel
Conveniently located on Bridge Street, the Alpine Court has rooms that can accommodate up to 4 people.
Single room: $47/night
Double room: $55/night
3 people: $60/night
4 people: $65/night
Conveniently located right downtown and nicely situated by Spring Creek behind Mosaic Gourmet, Creekside Court has rooms with satellite TV and private parking.
Rooms: starting at $79/night
Contact: (828)206-5212; call or text for availability.
Located just off Bridge Street on Andrews Street, the Iron Horse Station has a restaurant downstairs and nice rooms upstairs. There is a guest lounge with a TV and WI-FI (no TVs in rooms).
Contact: (828)622-0022 or (866)402-9377
Located on Andrews Street across from the railroad tracks, Springbrook Cottages offers single rooms, kitchen units and a Carriage House. Amenities include: microwave, TV, porch, refrigerator, linens, soap, coffee pot, A/C and heat, grill, picnic tables/fireplace by the creek.
An upgrade from camping or cabin staying, these units are all located close-by, on the grounds of the historic Hot Springs Spa and Resort. Suites, Deluxe cabins, and the Sandbar House are available.
Deluxe Cabins: $140-$175/night
Sandbar House: $300/night
Rental Cabins Within 100 Yards of the AT
$99/night/2 people; minimum 2 night stay on weekends; (828)622-3300
$100-$120/night/2 people; (828)622-7478
$110-$135/night/ 2 people; 2 night minimum on weekends; (828)380-0399
Little Bird Cabins
Pet-friendly cabins with WiFi, kitchenette, shower, and bath. 5-10 minutes walking distance from Hot Springs restaurants etc.
$85-$115/night. Pet fee $15.
Sleeps up to 7 people. 2 night minimum stay on weekends
Hot Springs Spa Cabins
$85/night/4 people; (828)622-7493
Bed and Breakfasts
Tucked up away from the hustle and bustle of town, the Mountain Magnolia Inn was built as a private residence in 1868. With a top-notch restaurant, beautiful grounds and gardens, and a friendly staff, a visit to the Inn is a real treat.
$135-$250/ room/ 2 people, includes an excellent breakfast
Formerly the Jesuit House of Prayer, the Laughing Heart Lodge is located on 7 beautiful acres at the base of Deer Park Mountain right on the AT. It is a peaceful and quiet retreat center that operates as a bed and breakfast, and it is also home to the Laughing Heart Hostel. The staff is friendly and family style.
$100-$150/room, includes home cooked breakfast
Food and Drink
The Diner is a hiker favorite. Open 7 days a week with a full menu and great, friendly service, the Diner will fill your belly and not break your bank. Vegetarian options available. Take out available.
Hiker season hours: M-Sat 6 am-7pm, Sunday 7 am-4pm (hours slightly reduced in the winter)
“DG” is a grocery store with some food items, first aid, household items, etc. No alcohol sold.
Hours: 8am-10pm daily
This is the town gas station. It has a small convenience store with beer, sodas, tobacco products, snacks, etc.
Hours: 6am- 7pm-ish daily
Located behind Ricker Triangle, the Hillbilly Market is a grocery store and sandwich deli. They sell beer and Amish baked goods as well.
Hours: M-F 7am-6pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 11am-6pm Hours are extended in the summer.
Located on Andrews Street across from the railroad tracks, the Iron Horse Station is a restaurant with a nice menu and a bar. They have live music every night but Mondays.
Hours: Sun-Th 11:30am-9pm; Fri-Sat 11:30am-10pm
Contact: (828)622-0022 or (866)402-9377
Spring Creek Tavern is in the middle of town and has a deck with creekside seating. A restaurant and bar, this is a central meeting place. They have live music on Friday and Saturday nights.
Hours: M-Th 11:30am-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am, Sun 11:30am-10pm
For fine dining with a casual flair, check out Mountain Magnolia Inn, which serves dinner to guests and non-guests Thursday-Monday nights. The menu features fresh, seasonal dishes, excellent meat, fish and vegetarian options, and an extensive wine list. The Inn is an 1860s restored Victorian house, and the ambiance is exceptional.
Hours: Thursday-Monday 5:30-9:00
Located on Andrews Street across from the railroad tracks, Artisun serves coffee, tea, snacks and fresh baked goods, and locally made ice cream. The rest of the large space is gallery and shop featuring the works of local artists. WI-FI available.
Hiking Season Hours: 9am-6pm
Bluff Mountain Outfitters
Located downtown on Bridge Street, this is a central hub for hikers. In addition to hiking and camping gear, maps, shuttle services, internet, shipping services, and fuel by the ounce, they have a grocery section with trail food, organic food, and some special treats!
Hours: 9am-5pm, during hiker season they stay open until 6pm on Fri and Sat
Beer and Wine to Go (no spirits in Hot Springs)
Ricker Triangle Gas Station, Hillbilly Market, Tobacco Road, Mountain Vino (in Artisun Gallery) – all listed above.
This is a place you must go. Wayne and the staff can help you with hiking gear, maps, shuttle services, shipping and receiving packages, fuel by the ounce, and grocery/ trail food items.
Hours: 9am-5pm; They stay open until 6pm on Fri and Sat during hiker season.
This is an old fashioned, family owned and operated hardware store with old fashioned friendly customer service. You can find knives, duct tape, tools, flashlights, bug spray and lots of other useful items in there.
Hours: M-Sat 8am-6pm
Contact: (828)622-3761 or (828)768-378
There are ATMs in both Capital Bank and Bluff Mountain Outfitters, both right downtown.
The Hot Springs Post Office is located in the middle of town on Bridge Street.
Hours: M-F 9am-4pm, Sat 9am-10:30am
Contact: Hot Springs General Delivery Hot Springs, NC 28743
You can ship and receive packages at Bluff Mountain Outfitters, see above.
The Wash Tub is located on Bridge Street near the railroad tracks. They are open daily until 8pm.
The Laughing Heart Hostel has laundry facilities for guests.
The Hot Springs Welcome Center
Located across from the Post Office right in the middle of town, the Welcome Center has lots of information about the town, its businesses, history, recreation, maps, the mountains and the entire area. Sometimes there are lectures, readings or other programming in there. It’s great! Do drop in.
Hours are 10am-5pm daily.
The Hot Springs Library
Located downtown next to the bank, the library is a great place to visit for computer and internet usage.
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-2pm, Closed Sunday and Holidays
Hikers Ridge Ministries Resource Center
Located next to the Post Office, the Hikers Ridge
Ministries Resource Center invites you to use the internet, share stories, or just relax and read a book or magazine on the porch.
Hours: M-F 9:00-3:00, Sunday 12:00-3:00
Contact: Fred Nichols (828)691-0503
For maps, directions, rides and general gossip, stop here. (See above)
Bluff Mountain Outfitters has a shuttle service. Call for info (828)622-7162.
Asheville Regional Airport (48 miles) Asheville, NC
Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport (85 miles) Knoxville, TN
Greenville/Spartanburg International Airport (100 miles) Greenville, SC
Greyhound Bus, Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC
Hot Springs Health Clinic
Located on NC25/70 across from Ricker Trucking. They have a compliment of doctors, nurses and physician assistants, as well as a pharmacy.
Hours: M-F 8:30-5:00, Sat 9-12
Contact:(828)622-3245; call for appointment
Located along the French Broad as well as Spring Creek, the spa offers naturally hot mineral water in private, outdoor tubs year-round. They also offer massage.
Rates: Tubs range in size and price $25-$60, call for information
Mountain Magnolia Inn offers massage in its tower room, overlooking the lovely grounds.
Laughing Heart Lodge offers massage in one of its healing rooms.
Dorland Memorial Presbyterian Church
Located right in town on the corner of Bridge Street and Meadow Ln. Sunday worship service: 10am
Hot Springs First Baptist Church
Located behind the Presbyterian Church on Meadow Ln. Sunday worship service 10am
Located on Andrews Street across from the railroad tracks, Artisun features works of local artists and craftspeople.
In addition to practical hiker gear, food, fuel by the ounce, maps, etc, the Outfitters has a nice gift shop section with regional and nature-themed gifts as well as good old fashioned toys and fun novelties.
Gentry’s has a nice gift shop in the front and lots of tools and hardware throughout the store. Travis does wood working and gunsmithing in the back.