For a small North Carolina mountain town, Hot Springs has much to offer visitors. That’s in large part why we were recently voted the Best Small Mountain Town from Georgia to Maine by the readers of Blue Ridge Outdoors.
Incredible Natural Resources
Hot Springs has an wealth of outdoor adventure opportunities as the town is surrounded by the Pisgah National Forest and the 3500-foot peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Both the French Broad River and the Appalachian Trail run right through town and we are home to North Carolina’s only natural hot mineral springs.
With the Appalachian Trail running right through town, hiking is a favorite activity for most visitors. There is a full range of hiking opportunities from easy strolls along a mountain stream to more challenging climbs like Lover’s Leap or Pump Gap Trail.
Refreshing Water Fun
The French Broad River, Spring Creek and the Laurel River all afford an abundance of water-based activities from float trips, whitewater rafting, kayaking, swimming and fishing.
Horseback Riding, Zip-Lining or Skeet
The mountains also create a great setting for horseback riding with great scenic views; zip-lines through the trees; and even a skeet course for those who want to test their marksman skills.
As one of the few locations on the East Coast with natural hot mineral water, Hot Springs has long been a favorite for those seeking a relaxing, therapeutic time in the mountains. Come enjoy a soak followed by a relaxing massage or other spa therapy. Then take in the scenic views of the of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.
Hot Springs has an incredibly rich and interesting history which involves Native Americans, the Buncombe Turnpike (an old drovers Trail), three 1800’s hotels, Civil War skirmishes, a WWI German Internment and Center, and more. Today the Hot Springs Tour Company can bring this history to life for you as do several area history books and novels.
Mountain Crafts and Culture
The North Carolina mountains are renowned for the quality and variety of arts and crafts. Hot Springs has several local shops which display and sell local artisan and artist crafts. Whether you are interested in a hand-turned bowl from local wood, or paintings, photographs, fabric art and more, you will find some interesting creations in the shops in town. And our downtown area is compact so you can visit all the shops with an easy stroll.
While Hot Springs is a small, rural mountain town we are centrally located in the North Carolina Mountains. So if you are here for several days and want to get out and explore the area, we are conveniently located. A day trip to Asheville to visit the Biltmore is an easy excursion as is a trip to Waynesville, Burnsville, Spruce Pine or the Penland School of Crafts. Closer to Hot Springs take an interesting trip to the county seat of Marshall or Mars Hill, the home of Mars Hill College.