A Ginseng Rhizome Nexus – Part 5

A submission written by Jim Hickey Jump to Part 1 Part Four of this five-part initiation to Hot Springs' ginseng context, which appeared in the previous posting of this series, dealt with spiritual and ecological elements of this floral marvel. It also proffered a...

A Ginseng Rhizome Nexus – Part 4

A submission written by Jim Hickey Jump to Part 1 Having ruminated over the third section of this ongoing, unfolding array, readers will have learned how centrally Hot Springs is located in this aspect of the 'new world order.' Also appearing in the previous...

A Ginseng Rhizome Nexus – Part 3

A submission written by Jim Hickey Jump to Part 1 In Part Two of A Ginseng Rhizome Nexus have both uncovered an overview of Ginseng's attractions and  sampled the definitely prolific local outpourings of crafty response to this allure that have percolated into the...

A Ginseng Rhizome Nexus – Part 2

A submission written by Jim Hickey Jump to Part 1 Part One of this "A Ginseng Rhizome Nexus" series introduced Hot Springs as a location opportunistically proximate to a worldwide phenom, the herbal, pharmaceutical, and nutritional fascination with all manner of Panax...

A Ginseng Rhyzome Nexus in the Woods – Part 1

A submission written by Jim Hickey The mountains that nestle Hot Springs, similarly as a loving family ensconces a little one, contain some of nature's richest diversity, both of animal life and, especially, flora of different sorts. Included in this wealth of plants...

River Road Ride

Thundering down a slope is the thrill many of us need. The rush of adrenaline is the reason that many riders keep coming back over and over again to Madison County, pushing ourselves to the limit and then finding that release as we finish the hill and begin the...

Recalling ‘Songcatcher’, a Film that Touches Hot Springs History

If we conducted polls of what movies have used Madison County as a film location, we'd probably hear Hunger Games mentioned most. While its celebration of independence would certainly appeal to both longstanding Hot Springs residents and newcomers, the story's...

How to Fish the French Broad River around Hot Springs, NC

Hot Springs, North Carolina is well known for its naturally warm healing waters, the rugged scenery and the Appalachian Trail, the many hiking trails in the area and wonderful fine dining. Yet one of the best opportunities in Hot Springs, and the least...

Pisgah National Forest

Hot Springs is a small mountain town nestled in the French Broad River Valley and surrounded by 3500-foot tall mountains which are part of the Pisgah National Forest. The mountains literally surround the town and are virtually undeveloped. There are excellent hiking...

The French Broad River

The River Runs North The headwaters of the French Broad River begin just west of the Eastern Continental Divide near Rosman, NC, about 60 miles south of Asheville near the South Carolina state line. One of several unique features of the river is that it flows north....

Hot Mineral Springs

Soak and relax in earth’s healing mineral waters For centuries the naturally warmed mineral waters of Hot Springs, NC have been cherished and enjoyed. Come experience the healing powers for yourself! From deep in the earth When you touch the warm mineral water flowing...

The Appalachian Trail

One of the World’s Longest Continuously Marked Footpaths The Appalachian Trail is one of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world, measuring approximately 2,185 miles in length. The legendary footpath travels through wild places, rural communities of...

Appalachian Trail Hikers Resource Guide for Hot Springs

Places to Stay Food and Drink Hiking Supplies ATM/Post Office/Laundry Information Transportation Medical Care Relaxation Church Services Shopping/Gifts Places to Stay Camping If you are thru-hiking or section hiking without a car, the most convenient places to camp...

Cycling & Off-Road Biking

Cycling in Hot Springs, NC A choice destination for road cyclists and off-road biking alike! Hot Springs, NC is a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts - and it's not just the French Broad River's rapids and fish that draw them! The Madison County area and...

Winter Activities

Winter weather doesn't really arrive in Hot Springs until January. The town might get some cold weather in December, but, generally, December weather is chilly (in the 50’s) but pleasant. Even in January the average daytime temperature is well into the 40’s and the...

Spring in the Mountains

You know Spring has arrived when the first group of northbound thru-hikers arrives on the Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain, Georgia. They have been hiking for a few weeks and are ready to eat some good food, enjoy a cold beer and find provisions. And just as...

Summertime Fun

Hot Springs is a perfect oasis for relaxing and playing during the summer! Whether you are looking for a day or two retreat or a longer vacation, there are plenty of accommodations and activities nearby. We are centrally located in the...

Fall Splendor

Brilliant fall colors in Hot Springs and Madison County develop during September, as the nighttime temperatures in the mountains dip into the cooler digits.  The vibrant display of color lasts for over a month into early November. The higher...

Seasons in Hot Springs

Temperate Climate The Hot Springs, NC climate is very moderate, making for pleasant year-round living and comfort. The town is nestled in a mountain valley created by the French Broad River.  Surrounding town are the peaks and ridges of the Pisgah National Forest,...

Paint Rock Pictographs

A significant rock outcropping, known as Paint Rock, can be found in Madison County very near the Tennessee border. John Strother wrote about Paint Rock in his 1799 diary kept during his survey of the North Carolina-Tennessee boundary line: “Friday 28th. Set out very...

Massage and Spa Treatments

Treat yourself! Unwind from the daily grind and reinvigorate your body and mind with a massage or spa treatment. Follow up your hot springs soak at the Hot Springs Resort & Spa by selecting from their diverse list of deluxe spa treatments, including everything...

Max Patch

4,600+ Bald Mountain Max Patch is a 4,629-foot tall bald mountain with an incredible 360-degree mountain vista just 20 miles from Hot Springs. The Appalachian Trail crosses right over the summit running north and south. On a clear day, you can see from Mt. Mitchell on...

Hiking Trails

Appalachian Trail Town When people think of hiking in Hot Springs, NC, their first thought is of the Appalachian Trail. Hot Springs is the only North Carolina town where the Appalachian Trail passes directly through the main street.  Visitors from all over come here...

Motorcycle Riding & Driving

You don't need to go with the crowds to the Blue Ridge Parkway or "Ride the Dragon" to experience some of the best roads in the entire country.  There are dozens of scenic backroads and highways that are perfect for motorcycling or driving in Western North Carolina...

Fishing

Hot Springs – N.C. Mountain Heritage Trout Water TownSpring CreekHot Springs is a high mountain valley at the intersection of Spring Creek and the French Broad River. Spring Creek, which runs straight through Hot Springs, is a designated N.C. Mountain...

Rafting, Canoeing and Kayaking

The French Broad River flows for just over 100 miles in the state of North Carolina. The French Broad is free flowing which means that the water level is determined by the amount of rainfall in the watershed. For all sections, particularly the whitewater section, the...

Family Vacations

With our abundance of kid-friendly things to do, Hot Springs is a great place for a North Carolina family vacation. We are centrally located in the mountains of Western North Carolina so you can easily take advantage of regional attractions with just a short drive. If...

Horseback Riding

There’s even great horseback riding in Hot Springs!

A Ginseng Rhizome Nexus – Part 5

A submission written by Jim Hickey Jump to Part 1 Part Four of this five-part initiation to Hot Springs' ginseng context, which appeared in the previous posting of this series, dealt with spiritual and ecological elements of this floral marvel. It also proffered a...

A Ginseng Rhizome Nexus – Part 4

A submission written by Jim Hickey Jump to Part 1 Having ruminated over the third section of this ongoing, unfolding array, readers will have learned how centrally Hot Springs is located in this aspect of the 'new world order.' Also appearing in the previous...

A Ginseng Rhizome Nexus – Part 3

A submission written by Jim Hickey Jump to Part 1 In Part Two of A Ginseng Rhizome Nexus have both uncovered an overview of Ginseng's attractions and  sampled the definitely prolific local outpourings of crafty response to this allure that have percolated into the...

A Ginseng Rhizome Nexus – Part 2

A submission written by Jim Hickey Jump to Part 1 Part One of this "A Ginseng Rhizome Nexus" series introduced Hot Springs as a location opportunistically proximate to a worldwide phenom, the herbal, pharmaceutical, and nutritional fascination with all manner of Panax...

A Ginseng Rhyzome Nexus in the Woods – Part 1

A submission written by Jim Hickey The mountains that nestle Hot Springs, similarly as a loving family ensconces a little one, contain some of nature's richest diversity, both of animal life and, especially, flora of different sorts. Included in this wealth of plants...

River Road Ride

Thundering down a slope is the thrill many of us need. The rush of adrenaline is the reason that many riders keep coming back over and over again to Madison County, pushing ourselves to the limit and then finding that release as we finish the hill and begin the...

How to Fish the French Broad River around Hot Springs, NC

Hot Springs, North Carolina is well known for its naturally warm healing waters, the rugged scenery and the Appalachian Trail, the many hiking trails in the area and wonderful fine dining. Yet one of the best opportunities in Hot Springs, and the least...

Pisgah National Forest

Hot Springs is a small mountain town nestled in the French Broad River Valley and surrounded by 3500-foot tall mountains which are part of the Pisgah National Forest. The mountains literally surround the town and are virtually undeveloped. There are excellent hiking...

The French Broad River

The River Runs North The headwaters of the French Broad River begin just west of the Eastern Continental Divide near Rosman, NC, about 60 miles south of Asheville near the South Carolina state line. One of several unique features of the river is that it flows north....

Hot Mineral Springs

Soak and relax in earth’s healing mineral waters For centuries the naturally warmed mineral waters of Hot Springs, NC have been cherished and enjoyed. Come experience the healing powers for yourself! From deep in the earth When you touch the warm mineral water flowing...

The Appalachian Trail

One of the World’s Longest Continuously Marked Footpaths The Appalachian Trail is one of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world, measuring approximately 2,185 miles in length. The legendary footpath travels through wild places, rural communities of...

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