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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Spa
“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 Water. We have a nationally certified & state licensed staff of massage therapists on hand to compliment your soaks or for separate service altogether. 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.”
  • 58 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“They have excellent food in a bar atmosphere. The service is excellent too.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Best place for wine, juices/smoothies and has good coffee and ice cream. It could easily be a go to for breakfast fare. All of that, and, it is a gallery that displays some great photography, metalwork, stonework, lotions, oils, candles, etc. It is great if you are looking for a gift to bring back home or just to grab a little afternoon delight. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Irish Pub
“With outdoor dining right on Spring Creek, this is a great spot to grab a beer. Typical pub food, reasonably priced”
  • 12 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Take a trip to the town of Hot Spring and go rafting or a float. I loved the white water rafting option. The town hosts festivals and is soo cute. Several eateries and pubs. The Appalacian Trial runs by this town and is a favorite for hikers. Very scenic 25 miles drive from the Lemon Drop. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bed & Breakfast
“This is a wonderful place for a romantic, gourmet meal in a sweet historical setting.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Park
“Hot Springs is 30mins north from the cabin. Definitely worth the visit. This short hiking trail ‘Lover’s Leap’ takes you along the French Broad river and when you reach the top there is an amazing mountain river view. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Diner
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“This is one of our favorites. They really feed you well here and provide excellent service.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Store
“Local Outfitters Known For Hiking Essentials For The Appalachian Trail Hikers. Great Shopping For Outdoor Gear, Recreational Clothing, Dry Goods, Local Books & Good Coffee.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Trail
“Because… nature is better than therapy. Go back in time in the sweet little town of Hot Springs & bring your backpack! An excellent trailhead to the AT is here in the town. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Home Goods Store
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“Forgot some toiletries when you packed or want to pick up some ketchup or a birthday card? Dollar General is your go to for groceries/supplies unless you can make it to Hot Springs Homegrown & Handmade Market, on the lawn beside the Post Office ( 81 Bridge St), April – October, Saturdays hotspringsmarket.wordpress.com Fresh local food and artisan crafts only accessible on Saturdays, a must drop by if you are in town. A great place to pick up local produce, locally roasted organic coffee, fresh baked treats and locally made gifts. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Lover's Leap trail begins in Hot Springs down by the French Broad River. It is a great hike.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Small grocery store. You can find most of your basic groceries here, as well as homemade cake by the slice, and an in house sub shop”
  • 3 locals recommend
Locality
“Our family loves to take day trips to Hot Springs. We hike, enjoy a fabulous dinner, and soak in a mineral hot tub. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Beer and wine. Also if you are 420 friendly and forgot your pipe, they sell them.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Route
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

American Restaurant
“They have excellent food in a bar atmosphere. The service is excellent too.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Irish Pub
“With outdoor dining right on Spring Creek, this is a great spot to grab a beer. Typical pub food, reasonably priced”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bed & Breakfast
“This is a wonderful place for a romantic, gourmet meal in a sweet historical setting.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Diner
“This is one of our favorites. They really feed you well here and provide excellent service.”
  • 7 locals recommend

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