The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook
 

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Hot Springs, North Carolina

Hot Springs NC, located on the French Broad River about 40 minutes north of Asheville, was started when hot mineral springs were discovered in 1792. It is reported that people were visiting the springs by 1778 for the waters' reported healing properties. In 1828, a major road was constructed through the current town, the Buncombe Turnpike, making the area more accessible and Hot Springs became a  famous resort town that catered to folks looking for relaxation in the mountains as well as healing in the mineral springs. Today, Hot Springs still welcomes visitors who wish to explore and play in the surrounding mountains, and the naturally occurring hot springs are still an attraction as well. The major center if you are interested in trying the hot springs yourself is the Hot Springs Resort & Spa located on Bridge Street. 

   The Appalachian Trail runs along downtown's Bridge Street and climbs the mountains on either side of the river and Whitewater Rafting and kayaking are popular on the French Broad River itself. There are numerous other hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, and sightseeing opportunities in the nearby Pisgah National Forest.

 

Resources
City Website: Hot Springs
: City Hall, 186 Bridge Street, Hot Springs NC 28743; 828-622-7591
Location:
Central Mountains, 1 hour northwest of Asheville
County: Madison County
: County Offices, 2 North Main Street, Marshall NC 28753;828-649-2854
Elevation & Population:
1,330 feet, 700+
City Visitor/Welcome Center: Hot Springs Visitors Center
Highway 25-70, Hot Springs NC 28743;   828-622-7611
County Visitor/Welcome Center: Madison County Visitors Center
635-4 Carl Eller Road, Mars Hill NC 28754; 877-262-3476, 828 680-9031
County Chamber of Commerce:
Madison County Chamber of Commerce 635-4 Carl Eller Road, Mars Hill NC 28754; 828-689-9351
Newspaper: News-Record & Sentinel  58 Back Street, Marshall NC 28753; 828-649-1075
Movie Theatres: (Nearest)  Asheville Movie Theaters
High School: Madison High School, 5740 US Highway 25/70, Marshall NC 28753; 828-649-2876
Colleges and Universities:
(Nearest) Mars Hill College, 100 Athletic Street, Mars Hill NC 28754; 866-642-4968
Hospitals:
(Nearest) (Nearest) Mission Hospital, 428 and 509 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville NC 28803; 828-213-1111
Area Major Festivals: French Broad River Festival (May), Bluff Mountain Music Festival (June),  Civil War Warm Springs Skirmish (June)
Area Natural Attractions:
Appalachian Scenic National Trail, French Broad River, Pisgah National Forest, Max Patch
Area Cultural Attractions:
Rural Life Museum Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace
 


Real Estate

Fine Dining in Western North Carolina
Dining
Fine Dining
Martha's at Mountain Magnolia Inn and Retreat: (American) 204 Lawson Street, Hot Springs NC 28743; 800-622-9553

Casual & Family Dining
The Iron Horse Restaurant and Tavern: (American) 24 South Andrew Avenue, Hot Springs NC 28743; 866-402-9377

Cafes & Grills
Spring Street Tavern: (Cafe) 14535 Highway 209, Hot Springs NC 28743; 828-622-7400

AccommodationsInn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC
Resorts
Hot Springs Resort & Spa: (Resort) 315 Bridge Street, Hot Springs NC 28743; 828-622-7676

Hotels, Inns & Lodges
Mountain Magnolia Inn and Retreat: (Country Inn) 204 Lawson Street, Hot Springs NC 28743; 800-622-9553
River Dance: (Lodge) 179 Deer Leap, Marshall NC 28753; 847-809-3098

Bed & Breakfasts
River Spirit Bed & Breakfast: (B&B) 833 River Road, Hot Springs NC 28743; 828-622-9568

Cabins, Cottages & Chalets
Bear Creek Cabin Rentals: (Cabins) 18769 Highway 209, Hot Springs NC 28743; 828-400-2933
Briar Rose Farm: (Cabins) 91 Duckett Top Tower Road, Hot Springs NC 289743; 828-622-7329
CK Cabins: (Cabins)  20 Bridge Street, Hot Springs NC 28743; 828-622-0079
Dancing Sun Cabins: (Cabins) 1985 Roaring Fork Road, Hot Springs NC 28743; 828-622-9569
Hot Springs Log Cabins: (Cabins) 5830 Highway 209, Hot Springs NC 28743;
Mountainside Cabins: (Cabins) 441 Rebel Drive, Hot Springs NC 28743; 828-622-7647
River Lodge Log Cabins: (Cabins) Lodge Cabin Lane, Hot Springs 28743; 828-622-7279

River Spirit Cabins: (Cabins) 833 River Road, Hot Springs NC 28743; 828-622-9568
Treehouse Cabins: (Cabins) High Mountain Road, Hot Springs NC 28743; 828-622-7296
Twin Springs Chalets: (Chalets) 58 Twin Springs Trail, Hot Springs N 28743; 866-896-7747



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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