Hot Springs NC Travel Guide

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TrailFest is scheduled for the weekend of April 22, 2023!  Stay tuned for more details.  

This event is organized by the Madison County Group Home, with support from local businesses, The Friendship Club, and Laughing Heart Hostel.

Where better to celebrate the Appalachian Trail than in the town of Hot Springs, NC, where the AT runs through the heart of downtown and crosses one of the oldest rivers in the world–the French Broad River? Every April since 1995, the town of Hot Springs hosts this annual TrailFest celebration. Celebrate the outdoors all weekend long, with a speaker Friday night, festivities all day Saturday, and a hearty breakfast on Sunday morning.

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At Marshall Arts, we promise to provide a “Guaranteed Kick in the Aesthetic.”  Marshall Arts Studios & Gallery, a Performance & Presentation Space, offers tours, gifts (driftwood message arts, books, much more), tarot, experiences, presentations, classes, performances and interactive learning.  Our bedrock principle is that art only makes sense if it makes a difference, which, more or less obviously, is only possible if the artist stands for something.  What we stand for is that the world makes sense, that our duty includes trying to understand it, and that we need to be talking with each other about whatever on this journey we discover.

People say, about our Driftwood Message Art- Homily Sticks & Ponder Panels- “Why, I’ve never seen anything like this before!”  Neither had we until we started churning it out.  People will be saying the same thing about visiting us, that it is unique and powerful, joining pretty things and pointed lessons, purpose and expression, learning and meaning.

We set up a booth on the corner of Bridge Street and Andrews Ave nearly every weekend during the warmer months.  We can let anyone who is interested know exact times. Also visit our instagram or facebook for where we will do regular updates.

In addition, those who would like to tour our gallery or have any other sort of Marshall Arts experience can contact us directly for a special appointment at our in-town performance and presentation space.  Email to or call 828-206-1660

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158 Bridge St, Hot Springs, NC 28743, USA

Vaste Riviere Provisions is a Gourmet Market that serves craft beer, fine wine and delicious homemade plates. We also offer to go and grocery items, such as frozen meats and seafood, sandwiches, coffee, desserts and more! We have indoor and outdoor seating, so come see us today!

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50 South Spring Street, Hot Springs, NC 28743, USA

Oil paintings, prints, photography, pottery, stained glass, jewelry, teddy bears, dolls, quilt hangers and racks, wall hangings, brooms, hand-painted wood items, picnic baskets, Tree Spirit Soap, rocking chairs, greeting cards, gift bags and paper, hand- knitted caps, Christmas stockings, wash cloths, candies, jewelry, antiques and yard art. Jim Shore, Stuart Nye, pottery, soy candles, local crafts, Jelly Belly candy, walking sticks.

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20 Bridge Street, Hot Springs, NC 28743, USA

We are a locally owned and operated craft beer, fine wine, cider and smoke shop located in the quaint little town of Hot Springs, NC and directly on the Appalachian Trail.
It is our pleasure to help you select that perfect item for your occasion!

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25-70 East Hwy, Del Rio, TN 37727, U.S.

A curated shop specializing in antiques, vintage, and reclaimed, State Line Antiques is located just five miles from Hot Springs in an historic building that has previously housed a service station, a bar, and a grill. The old bar still sits in its original spot but is now filled with vintage items instead of food and drinks. The shop is open most Thursdays and Saturdays. See the Facebook page link for weekly hours. Come visit and search for the perfect treasure!

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152 Bridge St, Hot Springs, NC 28743, USA

A visit to Bluff Mountain Outfitters is a must when in Hot Springs.  Store has an ATM; hiking and outdoor equipment (tents, backpacks, sleeping bags, stoves, etc.); beautiful clothing, accessories, books, toys, fun and original gifts, natural foods, hiking foods, and cold drinks.

May refer travelers to shuttle service providers to trailheads, airports, and bus stations.

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9800 Old US Highway 25-70, Marshall, NC 28753, USA

Whitewater rafting, zipline canopy tours, calm water float trips, canyoneering adventures – we’ve got it all! Raft & Zipline with us & experience two of Asheville’s natural wonders; the French Broad River & the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. Best of all, with French Broad Adventures you don’t have to choose between ziplining & rafting. We are the only raft / zip combo close enough to Asheville that you can have fun with us and make it back to town in time for dinner. Take advantage of our vacation packages & save on all the thrills, chills, & occasional spills into the water! Book both activities together and save.. Try our newest adventure, canyoneering, to explore waterfalls and canyons that 99.9% of tourists will never see.

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200 Lance Ave, Hot Springs, NC 28743, USA

Gear and logistics are the two primary hurdles that prevent people from backpacking. The Trail-er offers solutions for both: We prepare custom itineraries. We rent: backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, camp stoves and cookware, and water filters. We create and package multi-day backpacking menus. You provide: clothes, toiletries, and personal items. And, voila! You’re ready to GO! To access the Appalachian Trail, you can then walk out the front door – or take a shuttle! Our seven passenger vehicles with four-wheel drive will take you anywhere within a two hour radius. (The most popular trailheads are Max Patch, Davenport Gap, and Allen Gap.) From there, you can hike back to the Trail-er or schedule a pick-up!

The Trail-er is available for private group rentals. Call for more information and to make a reservation.

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14535 NC-209, Hot Springs, NC 28743, USA

A “must” stop on your next visit to the North Carolina Mountains is the Trust General Store & Cafe. Surrounded by unspoiled, rugged mountain ranges and pristine streams, our charming setting and gracious southern hospitality will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. 

You’ll find us at the corner of Highway 209 and State Road 63 in the heart of beautiful Madison County, North Carolina in the community of Trust. If you love being outdoors, Hot Springs is a must! Charming bed and breakfasts, world-class hiking, rafting and kayaking, and hot springs and spas all await you in Hot Springs, North Carolina. 

Join us for a hand dipped Hershey Ice Cream cone or homemade lemonade while you relax in a rocking chair on our broad front porch or sit by Spring Creek which runs right through our back yard. We look forward to your visit!

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25 Andrews Ave N, Hot Springs, NC 28743, USA

Hot Springs, NC’s first craft brewery, and one of Asheville’s most iconic eateries have joined forces! We provide top-notch beer and food in a welcoming atmosphere for everyone in Hot Springs.

We look forward to seeing you! Call us at 828.539.1939

Tuesday – Thursday, Sunday 12 pm – 9 pm, Friday & Saturday 12 pm – 10 pm,

Closed Monday

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24 South Andrew Ave. Hot Springs, NC 28743

The Iron Horse Station is a landmark inn, restaurant, tavern, and shops located in the heart of Hot Springs, North Carolina, a historic mountain town situated directly on the Appalachian Trail.

The Iron Horse Station has been renovated and extensively restored; transforming the inn, restaurant, tavern, and shops into a charming destination surrounded by the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains and the French Broad River.

The Restaurant and Tavern offers a friendly and casual dining experience. With a wide menu variety, a nice selection of beer and wine, a guest lounge with a fireplace, large screen TV and Wireless Internet, the Iron Horse Station is a memorable spot to eat, drink, and relax in a comfortable environment.

The Shops at Iron Horse Station feature a coffee and tea bar with comfortable seating and WI-FI. It is a great place to wake up with a cup of coffee and muffin, chat with friends or new acquaintances, or boot up your laptop to catch up on your e-mail or latest news.

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5150 Old US Highway 25-70, Marshall, NC 28753, USA

The Laurel River Store, serving locals and travelers delicious coffee with a full Espresso menu, fine teas, icy Snow Balls and lemonades. A large selection of baked goods and pastries plus local art, salves, soaps, T-shirts, souvenirs and more. Located just around the corner from the popular Laurel River Trail. Open six days a week (closed Wednesdays). Serving fine coffees, espressos, teas, ice creams, snowballs, etc..
Supplying paddlers and fishermen

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43 NW US 25 70 Hwy, Hot Springs, NC 28743
Visit our Grocery & Deli for fresh cut meats, fresh produce, jams & jellies, local made breads, pies, cakes, fresh made subs, pizza, hot dogs, BBQ. Fresh made subs and sandwiches, soft serve ice cream, fresh meats and vegetables.  Breakfast sandwiches, biscuits and wraps. Open Daily.
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24 Andrews Avenue South, Hot Springs, NC, USA

Serving mouth watering, brick oven pizzas with quality ingredients, crisp salads with fresh toppings


Provider of fine oil paintings, sketches, custom screen print t-shirts, paint parties

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81 Bridge St, Hot Springs, NC 28743, USA

Rafting on the French Broad River in Hot Springs, NC. Hot Springs Rafting Co. is a family owned company dedicated to custom, personal trips, and giving you the exact river experience you’re looking for. Our experienced and fully certified river guides insure you get the most out of every minute you spend on the water. You benefit from top quality equipment, including self bailing rafts, and everything else you might need for the perfect trip. We strive to give you a personal rafting experience on the warmest white-waters in the country.

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16 Andrews Ave S, Hot Springs, NC 28743, USA

Leisurely stroll through our restored 1890’s hardware store while sipping a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Experience 4,000 square feet of pine floors, 18 foot tin ceilings, old brick walls that create the perfect background for authentic artwork made by local artisans. Browse over 30 vendors for the perfect gift and take home a piece of Hot Springs.

Artisun Gallery & Cafe is home to many of the diverse and talented artists of Hot Springs and Madison Co. NC.. In this restored 1890s hardware store, our goal is to create an inclusive welcoming space that reflects our regional creative artists and crafts people of all sorts. The original pine floors, 18 foot tin ceilings and old brick walls create an atmosphere for the authentic artwork made by over 30 local artisans, many of whom display their work exclusively at ARTISUN. You are sure to find many ‘one of a kind’ items while supporting local art! We also carry great gift ideas with Hot Springs and Appalachian trail themed items. While perusing the art, you can enjoy items from our café. We proudly serve locally made fresh baked goods, coffee and espresso from BeanWerks, AppalaChai, Buchi Kombucha on tap and Ultimate Ice-Cream! So good!!

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315 Bridge Street, Hot Springs, NC 28743, USA

Come to where Mother Nature waved her magical wand and created one of the most natural of all wonders, Natural Hot Mineral Waters. Heated deep within the earth, these crystal clear carbonated waters are world famous for their mineral content and legendary healing powers. We pipe these waters to modern outdoor jetted hot tubs that are drained and sanitized after each use.

Hot Springs, located in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and cuddled along the banks of Spring Creek and the French Broad River, is a town rich in history and beaming with natural charm, this town serves as an intersection along the historic Appalachian Trail and is part of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

The heart of Hot Springs, North Carolina, is our 100 acre Resort & Spa. We feature jetted hot tubs, positioned outside along the tranquil banks of Spring Creek and the French Broad River; our tubs are supplied with a continuous flow of World Famous Natural Hot Mineral Waters.

Located across the road from the Mineral Baths is the Hot Springs Campground. Here you can find peace of mind with ease and comfort. We feature eight primitive camping cabins, over a hundred tent sites (primitive, group & sites with partial hook up) & Full RV Hookups. On site comfort station features hot showers (seasonal) and clean bathrooms. Our beautiful grounds play host to several large events per year and we have the capacity for many more. Whether you’re coming off a long hike on the Appalachian Trail or just passing through, you don’t want to miss the charm and beauty of the Hot Springs Resort & Spa.

Hot Springs Resort & Spa also offers other lodging options for those looking for a relaxing getaway. We have four luxury suites that have a jetted tubs with mineral water in the room. We also have a deluxe cabin and 3 bedroom rental house with a full size outdoor jetted tub.

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145 Bridge St, Hot Springs, NC 28743, USA

With over 50 years experience in all different styles of restaurant, Tim & Amanda bring with them a desire to create a warm, welcome environment with hot food, cold beer and smiling service.

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