Soak Your Cares Away in Hot Springs NC
Located in Madison County along the banks of the French Broad River, the third oldest river in the world, you’ll find the community of Hot Springs. This popular tourism spot is a haven for hikers traveling along the Appalachian Trail (AT), which happens to be the only North Carolina town where the trail passes through directly.
Hikers frequently stop over to soak in Jacuzzi-style tubs, heated with naturally hot mineral water piped from deep within the earth. These mineral baths, found at the Hot Springs Resort and Spa, provide relief for tired muscles, and if the warm water doesn’t do the trick, they also have massage therapists on staff!
Things to do in Hot Springs NC
This Blue Ridge Mountain gem offers a plethora of activities for the outdoor enthusiasts. For hiking in Hot Springs, one iconic area along the AT is Max Patch, a natural mountain bald offering some of the best panoramic views (read 365 degrees) in the Blue Ridge Mountains. You can also get a great view of Hot Springs from the Lovers Leap trail, which is an easy 2.5 mile round trip hike.
If you’re looking to cool off on a hot summer day, then check out the whitewater rafting provided by French Broad Adventures. They offer rafting and ziplining combos, perfect for beginners or more seasoned adventurers.
The Blue Ridge Mountains are a farm-to-fork paradise for foodies. Learn how local food is produced by taking a farm tour provided by Mountain Harvest Organics, a 13-acre farm that’s been in production for over 150 years.
Hot Springs NC Accommodations
Aside from the aforementioned Hot Springs Resort, there are several unique lodging options available in the area. You’ll find a number of campgrounds in the area if you prefer to sleep under the stars. There are also rustic lodges, tree-house cabins, cozy Inns and B&Bs. We recommend Mountain Magnolia Inn for anyone in search of a full service inn experience.