Hot Springs, North Carolina is under a 50-minute drive from Asheville.
With a population of around 500, Hot Springs is pretty small, just like its Marshall, NC neighbor. However, don’t let its size fool you.
Hot Springs is a great mountain getaway destination.
First, find two terrific trails that intersect with the famous Appalachian Trail (AT), Lover’s Leap and Max Patch.
Both promise breathtaking views and range in difficulty levels.
Then, dip into local and hipster Downtown Hot Springs for one of our favorite art and coffee shops, Artisun Gallery & Cafe; we even bought an ostrich painting here.
Grab tacos at The Grey Eagle Taqueria while sipping on a Vienna Lager or Kolsch from Big Pillow Brewing. Or, relax with some pub grub and great service at Iron Horse Station Restaurant & Tavern.
Of course, many visit Hot Springs to soak in those warm mineral waters or go whitewater rafting. The Laurel River Trail is out this way too.
Along with nearby Marshall, Weaverville to Hot Springs is about 40 minutes by car. Weaverville has a dog park bar, breweries, Lake Louise, and delicious restaurants.
And, if you love small WNC mountain towns like Hot Springs, try equally fun Old Fort, which boasts challenging mountain trails.