This touristic town of Madison County, North Carolina is known, as the name suggests, for its hot mineral springs. While this may be the case, there are plenty of other things to see in this 3.5 square mile area. The mountainous surroundings provide not only for excellent views, but a host of outdoor recreational activity. Small wonder many a couple has held their wedding ceremony or honeymoon there. Accommodation is plentiful here and visitors can look forward to spending their nights in cosy log cabins, magnificent holiday homes with saunas or mountaintop getaways.
This place is famous for the rich variety of outdoor activities on offer, in fact that’s what draws the majority of its visitors. Hot Springs is a veritable heaven for hikers, campers and mountain bikers who profit from the rugged mountainous terrain and the wonderful scenery that characterizes the place. The French Broad River draws a good number of tourists keen on kayaking or rafting down its waters. Traversing the countryside on horseback or atop a llama is an excellent way to add to the experience. A drive to the Rich Mountain Lookout Tower or a hike there is a brilliant way of capturing the beauty of the surroundings. The aim of most holidaymakers is to achieve perfect relaxation. How better to do that than by taking a dip in the warm mineral waters beside the French Broad River? These waters are also believed to have some healing qualities for the body. At the annual French Broad River festival visitors will get a chance to let their hair down. This annual weekend of revelry features great music from local artists, many exciting outdoor activities as well as special treats for the kids such as fireworks and fire jugglers.
The Pisgah National Forest that surrounds the French Broad River is perfect for hiking and for sight-seeing especially for nature lovers. Its rugged mountain landscape covers the better part of the north and central western mountains of North Carolina. Some features tourists can look forward to finding as they explore this forest are spectacular waterfalls and stunning views from viewpoints such as Lover’s Leap and the top of Max Patch Mountain. With its stretch of flat grassy plains, Max Patch makes a brilliant picnic spot.
The weather at Hot Springs is simply perfect; not too hot and not too cold. In summer, the temperatures can soar to 28°C especially in July and August, but these are just about perfect for outdoor activities and hikes. And the frequent days of summer rain ensure the heat never becomes unbearable. Winter brings temperatures that can go as low as -2°C on the chilliest days but not much lower.
Travellers to Hot Springs more often than not will land at the Asheville Regional Airport from other states. Here they can hire a car from Hertz and other renowned car rentals or grab a taxi. They will arrive in Hot Springs after less than half an hour.