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Hot Springs, NC COVID-19 Policies, Practices and Business and Service Availability

North-Carolina-covid-19Effective May 14, 2021, NC has lifted many COVID-19 restrictions. The state has removed its indoor mask mandate for most settings.  Additionally, the state has lifted all mass gathering limits and social distancing requirements.  Read current restrictions and recommendations on the NC Covid webiste.

Business owners may still choose to require face coverings and social distancing, so please respect their wishes if patronizing their store or restaurant.  People who are not vaccinated should wear a mask and maintain distance in all indoor public settings and in outdoor settings when they can’t maintain six feet of distance.

The Hot Springs Welcome Center is Open Daily from 10-5.  Look for posts on the Facebook Page for Hot Springs Tourism & Welcome Center.

Hot Springs Resort & Spa is open for mineral soaks, massage treatments, camping and lodging.  Reservations are highly recommended.  Please call or see their website for details.


The Pisgah National Forest has lifted restrictions and reopened most trails, roads and recreations areas.  Read Forest Service Alerts for Pisgah National Forest.

Festivals –  French Broad River Festival is October 1-3, 2021. Wild Goose Festival is September 2-5, 2021.  Bluff Mountain Music Festival was a virtual event on June 12, 2021.

Stores & Restaurants Open in the Hot Springs, NC Area

Artisun Mask PolicyArtisun Gallery and Cafe – Coffee, ice cream, gifts and more with outdoor seating.  Open Daily from 8am to 8pm.  Look for more information on their Facebook Page.

Big Pillow Brewing – Local brewery and eatery serving food from Grey Eagle Taqueria.  Open Tuesday through Thursday 12-9, Friday and Saturday 12-10, Sunday 12-9.  Closed Monday.

Bluff Mountain Outfitters – Open Monday – Saturday 9:30-5:30 and Sunday 10-5.  Check their Facebook Page for updates.

Gentry Hardware –  Hours are Monday, Tuesday, (Closed Weds), Thursday and Friday 8-5, Saturday 8-12, and Closed Sunday.  Check their Facebook Page for daily featured items and updates on hours.

Hillbilly Market – Open weekdays from 7am-6pm, Saturday 8-6 and Sunday 8-5.

Iron Horse Station – Open for dine-in and carryout, hours are Friday & Saturday 11:30am – 9:30pm and Sunday & Monday 11:30am – 9:00pm, closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Sara Jo’s Station – Open daily, Monday through Saturday from 7am – 8pm, and Sunday 7am – 7pm.  Fuel up and stock up on craft beer, pot pies, homemade desserts, and assorted fresh and frozen foods and medicinals.  They post daily on their Facebook Page.

Smokey Mountain Diner – Open for dine-in or take-out every day except Sunday.  Hours vary: Mon – Wed 6-2, Thurs & Fri 6-7 and Sat 7-7.  They are offering a full menu and daily specials.  They post daily specials on their Facebook Page.

Spring Creek Tavern – Open for dining Wednesday – Saturday from 11am – 9pm and Sunday 11am – 8pm.  Closed Monday and Tuesday. Announcements made on their Facebook Page.

Tobacco Road – Open daily, Sunday through Thursday from 10-8 and Friday and Saturday 10-9.  Browse a fine selection of wine, craft beer, cider and tobacco products.

Trailside Bakery & Cafe – Closed for the entire 2021 seasonFind updates on their Facebook Page.

Vaste Riviere Provisions – Open daily from 11-7 with indoor and outdoor seating. They have a delicious variety of grab n go meals, fine wines and craft beer, quality meats and cheeses and general grocery items.

Trust General Store & Cafe – Open daily with snacks, gifts, convenience items, groceries and fuel.  Store hours are Monday through Saturday 8am-6pm and Sunday 10am-5pm.  The Cafe is opening again on May 29th.  Check their Facebook Page for latest updates on hours and Cafe.

Dollar General – They are open daily 8am to 10pm.

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