Have you ever dreamed of living within minutes of North Carolina's only natural hot springs? As the name suggests, that's exactly what you'll get in Hot Springs, North Carolina. Located in Madison County, Hot Springs is only a 40-minute drive from Asheville via I-26. And though it's famous for its hot springs and romantic getaway locations, Hot Springs is also the perfect destination for the small-town lovers, outdoor lovers, and foodies.
Hot Springs has a population of just 576. Its intimate setting is perfect for the family seeking peace in the great outdoors while being not too far from the big city. The median age is 42, which makes it ideal for both retirees and families raising children. Your children would be attending school in the Madison County School District. The median home price in Hot Springs is $178,000, which makes it more affordable than some surrounding areas. Keep reading to find out why Hot Springs is right for you!
The natural waters of the hot springs are believed to have healing properties. For centuries, people have been traveling to Hot Springs to soak in the pools. As the water rises upwards through the earth, it collects minerals that are good for your health and wellbeing. According to the Hot Springs website, the town’s hot springs were first discovered by Native Americans who believed the springs possessed healing powers. Signs of Native American presence here date back nearly 5,000 years, and their petroglyphs can be seen on Paint Rock, a 107-foot rock cliff which researchers believe Native Americans used as a stopping point for prayer and contemplation on their way to the springs.
Today, The Hot Springs Resort & Spa and Broadwing Farms both offer access to the springs. The Resort & Spa offers hot tubs filled with mineral water, as well as accommodations and spa activities such as massages. Broadwing Farms is privately owned and has hot tubs inside of its three cabins, which can be rented for a romantic getaway.
The Appalachian Trail, a marked hiking trail that spans from Georgia to Maine, runs right through downtown Hot Springs. The Appalachian Trail offers scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is great for beginners and experts alike.
Hot Springs is also a great destination for those who enjoy the thrill of whitewater rafting since it is located right on the French Broad River. Visit Hot Springs Rafting Company, the Nantahala Outdoor Center, or French Broad Rafting & Ziplines for a ride down the river or through the sky. If you're looking to hike or drive to a scenic destination within the Pisgah National Forest, Max Patch is well-loved by sunset chasers, and the Rich Mountain Lookout Towers offers amazing views from above.
Hot Springs has a variety of restaurants with a wide range of cuisines. Some local favorites are the Trust General Store & Cafe, Smoky Mountain Diner, Dave's 209, Vaste Riviere Provisions, Spring Creek Tavern & Inn, and the Iron Horse Station.
And Hot Springs is no stranger to the shopping scene. While here, enjoy shops such as Gentry's Hardware, Emma's Antiques, Laurel River Store, Hazelwood House Gift Shop, Artisan Gallery, and Bluff Mountain Outfitters.