Located at the confluence of the French Broad River and Spring Creek is the picturesque town of Hot Springs, N.C. This Madison County destination (pop. 520), located 45 minutes northwest of Asheville, is enveloped in breathtaking Blue Ridge beauty and exhilarating outdoor experiences.
Scenic roads weave around and through Hot Springs, offering stops steeped in the arts, music and mountain traditions. Cyclists, fishing enthusiasts and whitewater rafters can feed their passions in the Hot Springs area. And of course, the natural hot mineral springs for which the town is named have been a popular draw to Hot Springs for centuries.
From trail hiking to thermal spring soaking in Hot Springs
The Appalachian Trail crosses through Hot Springs, providing opportunities to experience everything from hiking to horseback riding to biking. After a day of outdoor adventure, take in dining and shopping in downtown Hot Springs, which boasts locally owned restaurants and specialty stores carrying a variety of goods, from local arts and crafts to outdoor provisions and fishing gear.
The natural thermal spring located here is the only known hot spring in North Carolina and one of only a few in the Southeast. Hot Springs has long been a destination for those seeking therapeutic relief and relaxation, with Native Americans the first to discover and use the 108°F mineral waters. By the late 1700s, people were traveling to Hot Springs for its waters’ healing properties. Today, the famed Hot Springs Resort and Spa features outdoor, stream-side tubs in which to soak in the relaxing spring waters, as well as a spa offering a range of massage services.
Celebrating regional traditions
Hot Springs is host to a number of annual festivals and musical events throughout the year. Among the most popular are the Hot Springs Annual Trailfest, celebrating the Appalachian Trail with live music, food, games and more; and Bluff Mountain Festival, featuring traditional old-time and bluegrass music, ballad singing, clogging and an evening square dance.
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