Hot Springs, North Carolina: A Photo Tour Through This Delightful Appalachian Trail Village

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Hot Springs is a small town (locate in the middle of the map above) in the mountains of the Smokey Mountains National Park. It has the distinction of being one of the few towns where the Appalachian Trail goes tight through the middle of the town. In Hot Springs it proceeds right down main street, or more accurately Bridge Street. These photos were taken in April, 2011, spring in all its glory in the mountains of North Carolina.

The town is very small with few stores, but there is lodging available from throw-a-mattress-on-the-floor to elegant bed and breakfast cottages. There are a few eating places. None are fast food and don't expect any five course meal places, but every restaurant serves delicious, nutritious southern cooking.

One highlight is the spa that uses the water from the springs for which the town is named. They have mineral water hot tubs, facials, massages, etc. I received my first massage, and it was wonderful. Don't miss the spa when you visit Hot Springs.

When we were there, there were hikers everywhere, The downtown is pretty much devoted to hikers as it is the first really good resting area after getting on the Trail in Georgia. I was quite impressed with the hikers. I found them jovial, intelligent, and more contented than most of us. I think they know something we don't. I walked a little while on the trail along the French Broad River just to be able to say I walked the Appalachian Trail and felt something wonderful tugging me to come on down; there is something amazing and astonishing just over the next hill. I'm adding that to my bucket list.

Now enjoy your visit to Hot Springs

The highway sign as you enter Hot Springs
The highway sign as you enter Hot Springs | Source
Hiker just arriving walking down main street,  Hot Springs, North Carolina
Hiker just arriving walking down main street, Hot Springs, North Carolina | Source
Stores along Bridge Street
Stores along Bridge Street | Source
More stores in downtown
More stores in downtown | Source
Appalachian Trail marker in sidewalk
Appalachian Trail marker in sidewalk | Source
Hiker planning the rest of his trip
Hiker planning the rest of his trip | Source
Hikers taking it easy in motel
Hikers taking it easy in motel | Source
Plaque on Bridge Street Commemorating Appalachian Trail
Plaque on Bridge Street Commemorating Appalachian Trail | Source
Spa and Mineral Springs Baths
Spa and Mineral Springs Baths | Source
Marker Outside Spa
Marker Outside Spa | Source
Group at an early hotel near the hot springs which is now in ruins.
Group at an early hotel near the hot springs which is now in ruins. | Source
The up and down nature of Hot Springs meandering through the beautiful spring flowering trees.
The up and down nature of Hot Springs meandering through the beautiful spring flowering trees. | Source
One of several beautiful houses that overlook the French Broad River.
One of several beautiful houses that overlook the French Broad River. | Source
An idyllic creek that flows majestically right through town near the Appalachian Trail.
An idyllic creek that flows majestically right through town near the Appalachian Trail. | Source
A house nestled on a flower-forested hill overlooking the river.  Who wouldn't want to live here?
A house nestled on a flower-forested hill overlooking the river. Who wouldn't want to live here? | Source
Magnolia Tree with Flowers
Magnolia Tree with Flowers | Source
Hikers Headed to the Trail
Hikers Headed to the Trail | Source
All hikers pass the French Broad River as they leave town.
All hikers pass the French Broad River as they leave town. | Source
Hikers enter the Appalachian Trail with only two thousand miles to go.
Hikers enter the Appalachian Trail with only two thousand miles to go. | Source

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lmmartin 5 years ago from Alberta and Florida

A beautiful tour. Wish I'd been there. Thanks for sharing this. Lynda


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pommefritte 3 years ago from Northern Virginia

Great pictures. I wrote a hub about the AT going through Hot Springs and linked to this hub from it because you capture the town so well.

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