Cascade Creek Cottage. Hot Springs NC

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Hot Springs, 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
Facebook: Hot Springs
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
Laurel River Realty: 58 Guntertown Road, Marshall NC 28753; 828-656-2677
Mountain Home Properties: 14545 NC Highway 209; Hot Springs NC 28743; 828-622-3518


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
Rock Bottom Sports Grill: (Grill) 145 Bridge Street, Hot Springs NC 28743; 828-622-0001
Spring Street Cafe: (Cafe) 14535 Highway 209, Hot Springs NC 28743; 828-622-7400
Sweet Imaginations Cafe: (Cafe) 170 Bridge Street, Hot Springs NC 28753; 828-622-7522

Coffeehouses
Gallery at Iron Horse Station: (Coffee House) Iron Horse Station, 24 South Andrew Avenue, Hot Springs NC 28743; 866-402-9377

Accommodations

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
Iron Horse Station: (Village Inn) 24 South Andrew Avenue, Hot Springs NC 28743; 866-402-9377

Bed & Breakfasts
Duckett House Inn & Farm: (B&B) 433 Lance Avenue, Hot Springs NC 28743; 828-622-7621
River Spirit Bed & Breakfast: (B&B) 833 River Road, Hot Springs NC 28743; 828-622-9568