The Town of Hot Springs

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The town of Hot Springs is a jewel in the county, situated where the Appalachian Trail crosses the French Broad River. This haven for outdoor enthusiasts originally was a draw for the rich society in the 1800s because of the natural mineral springs for which the town is named. Not only does the town have natural beauty, but it also has rich music heritage as well as a place in the history of current-day Warren Wilson College in nearby Asheville. To add to that, there is fascinating history with a skirmish during the Civil War and an Internment Camp during World War I.

Hot Springs, NC Visitor Guide

Where the Appalachian Trail meets the French Broad River

Voted the Best Small Mountain Town from Georgia to West Virginia by Blue Ridge Outdoors Readers, Hot Springs, a popular resort since the early 1800s,  is situated at the junction of the Appalachian Trail and the French Broad River.

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History of the Resorts in Hot Springs, North Carolina

The land on which the current Hot Springs Resort and Spa sits has a long history of popular and fashionable resorts—taking advantage of the natural mineral springs on the land first discovered by the Cherokee before white settlers even arrived. Situated on a drover’s trail, the first stopping point constructed here (in 1788) was a tavern which eventually developed in The Depot, a hotel operated by Wade Hampton (who became a governor of South Carolina).

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CCC Camp in Hot Springs, NC

Throughout Madison County, you will find reminders of work accomplished by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp #407 which was based in Hot Springs from June of 1933 through August of 1941. The CCC was a federal government program designed to put unemployed young men from the ages of 17 through 25 to work.

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Dorland-Bell School

The current town of Hot Springs has several reminders of a school that described most of the downtown streets for almost 45 years from 1886 until 1942. The Dorland Institute (later the Dorland Bell School) began with the arrival of Dr. Luke Dorland and his wife Juliette.

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Dorland Memorial Presbyterian Church

Right on Bridge Street in the heart of the town of Hot Springs is one of the town’s buildings which is on the National Register of Historic Places (1986).Dorland Memorial Presbyterian Church (at the corner of Bridge Street and Meadow) was built in 1900 for the cost of $4000, the money paid by friends of Dr. Luke Dorland.

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Featured Businesses in Hot Springs

Creek View Studio & Gallery

Creek View Studio & Gallery

Hot Springs, North Carolina
(828) 622-7454

Creek View Studio & Gallery

Mosaic Gourmet

Mosaic Gourmet

Hot Springs, North Carolina
828-622-9400

Mosaic Gourmet

Fowler Farms Sporting Clays and Game Preserve

Fowler Farms Sporting Clays and Game Preserve

Hot Springs, North Carolina
(828) 622-7380

Fowler Farms Sporting Clays and Game Preserve

Hazelwood House Gift Shop

Hazelwood House Gift Shop

Hot Springs, North Carolina
(828) 622-3366

Hazelwood House Gift Shop

Elk Knob Farm and Kanati Lodge

Elk Knob Farm and Kanati Lodge

Hot Springs, North Carolina
(828) 622-7398

Elk Knob Farm and Kanati Lodge

Broadwing Farms Cabins

Broadwing Farms Cabins

Hot Springs, North Carolina
(828) 622-3647

Broadwing Farms Cabins

ArtiSun Gallery & Marketplace

ArtiSun Gallery & Marketplace

Hot Springs, North Carolina
(828) 622-3573

ArtiSun Gallery & Marketplace

Smoky Mountain Diner

Smoky Mountain Diner

Hot Springs, North Carolina
(828) 622-7571

Smoky Mountain Diner

Hot Springs Homegrown and Handmade Market

Hot Springs Homegrown and Handmade Market

Hot Springs, North Carolina
828 206-3739

Hot Springs Homegrown and Handmade Market

Mountain Magnolia Inn

Mountain Magnolia Inn

Hot Springs, North Carolina
(828) 622-3543

Mountain Magnolia Inn

Madison County Tourism Development Authority

56 South Main Street
Mars Hill, NC 28754

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Local: (828) 680-9031

Toll Free: (877) 262-3476

Mailing Address: PO Box 1527
    Mars Hill, NC 28754