Hiking in Hot Springs, North Carolina

Overview

The town of Hot Springs, NC has long since been a destination for those looking for therapeutic relief from their ailments from the natural, hot mineral springs for which the town is named. These are the only significant thermal springs in the state, and one of the few on the East coast. The actual spring is located where Spring Creek meets the French Broad River. For over 200 years, visitors have been coming to Hot Springs to enjoy the springs and the mountain views. For more information on the town's history and the springs, visit the Hot Springs Tourism Association website or the private Hot Springs Resort and Spa website.

Bridge Street is Hot Springs' main road and it actually has two bridges, one over Spring Creek and one over the French Broad River. Both of these streams provide corridors for recreational opportunities in and around the town as they cut through the surrounding mountains.

Hiking Trails

Looking Glass Falls
The view of the town of Hot Springs, the French Broad River, and surrounding mountains as seen from Lovers Leap Ridge.

Hot Springs is also known as being an Appalachian Trail (AT) town, and the famous path runs right down Bridge Street. You can hike the Appalachian Trail right out of downtown up to Lovers Leap Ridge for spectacular views back down on the town and the river. Or, the Lovers Leap Trail can be used as an alternative to reach the overlooks. It can be combined with the AT to form a loop hike. These trails start at the Silvermine Trailhead parking area, just across the French Broad River bridge from town.

Also starting at the Silvermine Trailhead parking area is the Pump Gap Loop Trail which also intersects the AT in several places. Several other trails are scattered throughout the mountains within 5-10 miles of downtown, including the Roundtop Ridge, Betty Place, Shut-In, Van Cliff, Spring Creek, Laurel River, Mill Ridge, Golden Ridge, River Ridge, and Jack Branch trails!

Places to Stay in Hot Springs

Camping

Hot Springs Resort & Spa Campground
Located across the street from the Spa, this riverside campground provides full hookups for RV's as well as secluded tent sites, camping cabins, hot showers, and a convenience store with hiking and camping supplies.
For more information, visit their website.

Rocky Bluff Campground
National Forest campground located at the Rocky Bluff Recreation Area.

Lodging

Limestone Cabin
Limestone Cabin is a 100 year old log cabin located in Hot Springs, NC that was dismantled and relocated to the banks of the French Broad River. It is great for Honeymoons, Anniversaries, or just a quite getaway. Attractions nearby include hiking, fishing, rafting, horseback riding or you can just relax in the hot tub.
http://www.limestonecabin.com/

Tree House Cabins
Tree House Cabins are located in Hot Springs North Carolina, 4 minutes from the French Broad River, the Appalachian Trail, and the famous Mineral Hot Springs. Our cabin will sleep 2 to 6 guests, with Queen size Beds, Full kits, Fireplace, Satellite TV, and a private hot Tub at your cabin with a great view over looking the valley of Hot Springs, NC.
http://www.hotspringstreehousecabins.com/

The town of Hot Springs provides several other options for lodging, including motels, cabins and Bed & Breakfast inns. Get more information from the Hot Springs Tourism Association.

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Directions

To the Town of Hot Springs

Hot Springs is located on US Hwy. 25/70 about 26 miles west of the junction with I-26 in Weaverville (which is about 9 miles north of Asheville), or 6 miles east of the Tennessee state line (which is about 18 miles east of Newport, TN). Directions to the various individual trail parking areas will start from downtown Hot Springs.

Related Pages

Hot Springs

Pisgah National Forest Districts