AREA ACTIVITIES

 

Rafting on the French Broad River ~  Hot Springs

 

Hot Springs may be reminiscent of a town like Mayberry, but it’s in step with the 21st century!
You can experience seasonal recreational activities, festivals, and all year round a destination to get away from it all!

 

If you enjoy outdoor activities, here’s some things to do in, and around the Hot Springs area:

 

hiking– the world famous Appalachian Trail passes through town.
Hot Springs is the only town in North Carolina that the trail passes through.

rafting– the French Broad River flows by the town and is the site for rafting, kayaking, and floating.

fishing-  take a drive down River Rd. and stop at  Murray Park. There’s fishing platforms there, as well as picnic areas.
Spring Creek (from the Spring Creek community into Hot Springs is stocked with trout). Laurel River just passed Hot Springs where
Hwy. 25/70 intersects with Hwy. 208 is popular for flyfishing.

sightseeing– simply driving around the mountains and valleys can be an experience.
See old tobacco barns, waterfalls (Panther Branch Road), beautiful sunsets (Max Patch Bald), and old homesteads.

geocaching– it’s a worldwide scavenger hunt… sort of.
Visit www.geocaching.com for details on this fun, and FREE adventure.

horseback riding– Sandy Bottoms Trail Rides

www.sandybottomstrailrides.net

clay shooting (in Spring Creek)– Fowler Farms Sporting Clays

www.fowlerfarmssportingclays.com

quail hunts (seasonal/in Spring Creek at Fowler Farms) 

www.splitmtnquailandpreserve.com

hot tub soaks & massages– Hot Springs Spas has a history.
Plan to visit for a relaxing experience in tubs that are naturally heated. Treat yourself to a massage while you’re there!

www.nchotsprings.com

motorcycle riding– Ride The Rattler from Fines Creek on Hwy. 209 to Hot Springs.

 

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Here’s a list of events in Hot Springs during 2017:

May 20, Saturday: Vintage BMW Gathering

June 10, Saturday: Bluff Mountain Music FestivalSupported by Madison County Arts Council

June 23 – 25, Friday – Sunday: Concerned Bikers Association RallySponsored by CBA

July 1, Saturday:  Independence Day Fireworks; In support of Hot Springs Fire Department

July 13 – 16 Thursday – Sunday: Wild Goose FestivalSponsored by wildgoosefestival.org

Aug 21, Monday:  Total Solar EclipseRare event visible from this area

Sep 16, Saturday:  German Internment Camp Centennial;  More details to come…

Sep 22 & 23, Saturday/Sunday:  Deep Water Soul Festival; Featuring: Pierce Eden, Ashley Heath, Pleasure Chest & more

Oct 7, Saturday: Spring Creek Volunteer Fire Department (5 min. away) Annual Festival 4pm-8pm

Oct. 15, Sunday:  local Trust General Store & Cafe fall festival 1pm, Chili cook-off & more

Dec 2, Saturday:  Christmas ParadeSponsored by the Town of Hot Springs

 

Blue Ridge Parkway

Other attractions and activities that require a little more driving and make for a nice day trip:

Biltmore Estate/Asheville– largest privately owned home in the U.S. a must-see at Christmas; reservations required

www.biltmore.com

Cherokee Reservation &  Harrahs Casino– July 4th weekend is the annual Pow Wow

www.visitcherokeenc.com

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad- Bryson City is where you catch a train for a ride through the mountains www.gsmr.com

Blue Ridge Parkway– take a day to drive on the parkway, maybe hike a little, enjoy views where human footprints are non-existent, have lunch at Pisgah Inn (you won’t be disappointed; seasonal).

www.blueridgeparkway.org

Great Smoky Mountains National Park– scenic, historic, adventurous (time it right and see the herd of elk who are usually grazing before sunset). Travel to Cherokee and follow Hwy. 441 into the National Park.

www.nps.gov/grsm

 

Blue Ridge Parkway

You will find brochures for attractions inside Turtle Mountain in Trust.