Places to Stay


If you are thru-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 Resort & Spa, the campground has tent sites, RV sites and cabins. 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, 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.

Creek Ridge 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 Inn 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.

Call for current rates.
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 a kitchenette are available, as well as showers and laundry. Pets are allowed.  Note that rates are subject to change.

Bunk: $20/night
Single Private Room: $35/night
Double Private Room: $50/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

Appalachian Trail-er Bunkhouse

Appalachian Trail-er bunkhouse is surrounded on three sides by the Appalachian Trail as it leaves the main street in town to climb up Deer Park Mountain. This ideal location is also the local headquarters for the Blue Ridge Hiking Company, offering guided hiking and backpacking trips, gear rental and shuttle services.

Contact: (828)713-5451

Hotels and Motels

Alpine Court Motel

Conveniently located on Bridge Street, the Alpine Court has rooms that can accommodate up to 4 people.

Creek Water Inn

Conveniently located downtown and nicely situated by Spring Creek, Creek Water Inn has rooms with satellite TV and private parking.

Iron Horse Station

Located just off Bridge Street on Andrews Ave South, the Iron Horse Station has a restaurant downstairs and lovely rooms upstairs. There is a guest lounge with a TV and WI-FI (no TVs in rooms).

Contact: (828)622-0022

Springbrook Cottages

Located on Andrews Ave S, 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 Resort & Spa. Suites, Deluxe cabins, and the Sandbar House are available.

Call for Rates and Reservations: (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

Bed and Breakfasts

Mountain Magnolia Inn

Close to downtown yet tucked away from the hustle and bustle, 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 Smoky Mountain 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.

Hours: Open Monday thru Saturday; Closed Sunday
Contact: (828)622-7571

Dollar General

“DG” is a grocery store with some food items, first aid, household items, etc.

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 beside Ricker Triangle, the Hillbilly Market is a grocery store and sandwich deli. They sell beer and Amish baked goods as well.

Hours vary, but generally: Mon-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

Spring Creek Tavern

Spring Creek Tavern and Inn 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

ArtiSun Gallery

Located on Andrews Ave. South, across from the railroad tracks, ArtiSun Gallery 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.

General Hours: 10am-5pm
Contact: (828)539-0030

Bluff Mountain Outfitters

Bluff Mountain Outfitters

Bluff Mountain Outfitters

Located downtown on Bridge Street, Bluff Mountain Outfitters 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 at Bluff Mountain Outfitters 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

Gentry Hardware store is an old fashioned, family owned and operated hardware store with friendly customer service. You may find supplies for the trail such as knives, duct tape, tools, flashlights, bug spray and lots of other useful items.

Hours: M-Sat 8am-5pm
Contact: (828)622-3761

ATM/Post Office/Laundry


There are ATMs in Bluff Mountain Outfitters and Capital Bank foyer (Bank Closed).

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-11:30 and 1-4pm, Sat 9am-10:30am
Contact: Hot Springs General Delivery, Hot Springs, NC 28743


The Wash Tub is now Closed.

The Laughing Heart Hostel has laundry facilities for guests, and Sunnybank Inn will also do hiker laundry for a small fee.


Welcome Center

Welcome Center

The Hot Springs Welcome Center

Located across from the Post Office in the middle of town, the Welcome Center has useful information about the town, 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 at 170 Bridge St, the Hot Springs Library is the place to visit for fast Wi-Fi and computer access.

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 at Bluff Mountain Outfitters.



Bluff Mountain Outfitters can recommend shuttle services. The hiker hostels also have information about shuttle services.


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 Medical Center

Located on NC 25/70 across from Ricker Trucking. They have a compliment of doctors, nurses and physician assistants, as well as a pharmacy.

Hours: M-F 9:00-5:00, Sat 9-12

Contact:(828)622-3245; call for appointment


Hot Springs Resort & Spa

Located along the French Broad and Spring Creek, the Hot Springs Resort & 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

On Andrews Ave South, across from the railroad tracks, ArtiSun Gallery features works of local artists and craftspeople.

Hours: 10am-5pm

Bluff Mountain Outfitters

In addition to practical hiker gear, food, fuel by the ounce, maps, etc, Bluff Mountain Outfitters has a cool gift shop section with regional and nature-themed gifts, as well as toys and fun novelties.

Hours: 9am-5pm

Gentry Hardware

With a unique gift shop in the front and a complete collection of tools and hardware throughout the store, Gentry Hardware is a great place to visit.

Hours: 8am-5pm Closed Sunday


Read more about things to see and do in Hot Springs, NC in the official magazine of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy: A.T. Journeys.  

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