COVID-19 Information for Residents and Visitors of Hot Springs, NC


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

North-Carolina-covid-19NC has eased some restrictions from February 26 through March 26, 2021.  This order lifts the Modified Stay at Home Order that required people to stay at home and businesses to close to the public between 10 pm and 5 am. The number of people who may gather indoors will increase from 10 to 25, while 50 remains the limit for outdoors. The curfew on the sale of alcohol for onsite consumption will be moved from 9 pm to 11 pm. Read the FAQs for this Order.

Face Coverings are Required in Public Spaces where physical distancing of 6 feet from other people who are not members of the same household or residence is not possible.  Social distancing, sanitizing hands and wearing a face covering are important precautions for the safety of our residents and visitors.

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 with limited hours and availability.  No Walk-In Appointments!  No massage appointments until further notice.  Lodging is available in cabins and suites with a 2 night minimum.  Tent camping begins March 1st and they are taking reservations now!


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 and Wild Goose Festival have been scheduled for 2021.  Stay tuned for further information on 2021 festivals.

Stores & Restaurants Open during COVID-19 Pandemic in Hot Springs, NC Area

Artisun Mask PolicyArtisun Gallery – Open with take-out cafe items and limited outdoor seating.  Open Monday through Thursday 8-4, Friday & Saturday 8-8, and Sunday 8-6.  Look for more information on their Facebook Page.

Big Pillow Brewing – New brewery and eatery serving food from Grey Eagle Taqueria.  Open Tuesday through Thursday 3-8, Friday and Saturday 12-9, Sunday 12-8.  Closed Monday.

Bluff Mountain Outfitters – Open Monday – Saturday 9:30-5:30 and Sunday 10-4.  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.

Iron Horse Station – Open for carryout and dine-in at 50% reduced capacity.  Temporary hours are Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday 11:30am – 9:00pm, closed on Wednesday and Thursday.

Sara Jo’s Station – Open daily, Sunday through Thursday from 7-7 and Friday and Saturday 7am-8pm.  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.

Smoky Mountain Diner – Open for dine-in or take-out every day except Sunday, with ample outdoor seating.  Hours vary: Mon 6-7, Tues 6-3, Wed 6-7, Thurs 6-3, 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.  The Tavern has a reduced occupancy limit for dine-in and limited take-out availability.  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 Winter, Reopening in Spring 2021.  Eatery in the heart of town is open Friday 11-8, Saturday 8-8 and Sunday 8-6.  Comfortable and abundant indoor and outdoor seating.  Find their evolving menu offerings on their Facebook Page.

Vaste Riviere Provisions – Now 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 closed for the winter and plans to reopen this Spring 2021 with a creative menu.  Check their Facebook Page for latest updates on hours and Cafe.

Hillbilly Market – Open weekdays from 6am-7pm and weekends 8-7.

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

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