Places to Stay


If you are through hiking or section hiking without a car, the most convenient places to camp are in town.

Hot Springs Campground

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
Cabins $50-$72/night
Contact: (828)622-7676

Laughing Heart Hostel

Laughing Heart Hostel

Laughing Heart Lodge and 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.

Contact: (828)206-8487

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
Contact: (828)622-9955


Sunnybank Inn

Hot Springs NC

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
Breakfast: $6
Dinner $12
Work for stay or food often available
Contact: (828)622-7206

Laughing Heart Hostel

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.

Bunk: $15/night
Single Private Room: $25/night
Double Private Room: $40/night
Camping: $10/night
Laundry: $5/ load, includes wash, dry and detergent
Showers for non-guests: $5
Work for stay is sometimes available
Contact: (828)206-8487

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
Contact: (828)206-3384

Creekside Court

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.

Iron Horse Station

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

Springbrook Cottages

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.

Contact:  (828)622-7385

Hot Springs Resort & Spa Suites and Vacation Rentals

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.

Suites: $109-$200/night
Deluxe Cabins: $140-$175/night
Sandbar House: $300/night
Contact: (828)622-7676

Rental Cabins Within 100 Yards of the AT

Songbird Cottage

$99/night/2 people; minimum 2 night stay on weekends; (828)622-3300

Boat House and Rock Cottage

$100-$120/night/2 people; (828)622-7478

Appalachian Trail Cottages

$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

$50-$72/night; (828)622-7676

The Short Porch

$85/night/4 people; (828)622-7493

Bed and Breakfasts

Mountain Magnolia Inn

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
Contact: (828)622-3543

Laughing Heart Lodge

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
Contact: (828)622-0165

Food and Drink

Smoky Mountain Diner

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)
Contact: (828)622-7571

Dollar General

“DG” is a grocery store with some food items, first aid, household items, etc. No alcohol sold.

Hours: 8am-10pm daily

Ricker Triangle

This is the town gas station. It has a small convenience store with beer, sodas, tobacco products, snacks, etc.

Hours: 6am- 7pm-ish daily

Hillbilly Market

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.

Iron Horse Station

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

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
Contact: (828)622-0187

Mosaic Gourmet

Mountain Magnolia Inn

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
Contact: (828)622-3543

ArtiSun Gallery

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
Contact: (828)622-3573

Bluff Mountain Outfitters

Bluff Mountain Outfitters

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
Contact: (828)622-7162

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.

Hiking Supplies

Bluff Mountain Outfitters

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.
Contact: (828)622-7162

Gentry Hardware

Gentry Hardware

Gentry Hardware

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

ATM/Post Office/Laundry


There are ATMs in both Capital Bank and Bluff Mountain Outfitters, both right downtown.

Post Office

Post Office

Post Office

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

Other Shipping

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.


Welcome Center

Welcome Center

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

Bluff Mountain Outfitters

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

Medical Care

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


Hot Springs Resort & Spa

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
Contact: (828)622-7676

Mountain Magnolia Inn

Mountain Magnolia Inn offers massage in its tower room, overlooking the lovely grounds.

Contact: (828)622-3543

Laughing Heart Lodge

Laughing Heart Lodge offers massage in one of its healing rooms.

Contact: (828)622-0165

Church Services

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


ArtiSun Gallery

Located on Andrews Street across from the railroad tracks, Artisun features works of local artists and craftspeople.

Hours: 9am-6pm

Bluff Mountain Outfitters

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.

Hours: 9am-5pm

Gentry Hardware

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.

Hours: 8am-6pm

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