Welcome to the beautiful mountains of Madison County, North Carolina. The area around Hot Springs NC is wild and scenic, pristine and unspoiled, dramatic and unrestrained. Much of Madison County is encompassed within Pisgah National Forest and features hiking attractions such as the Appalachian Trail and Max Patch Bald. Asheville and The Biltmore are close to our rental cabins; a trolley tour of Asheville is strongly recommended. Hiking, fishing, golfing, rafting, and horseback riding all beckon as does a massage or soak in North Carolina's only natural hot springs at The Hot Springs Spa. The famous trails and waterfalls of Dupont State Forest make a wonderful day trip, as does The Blue Ridge Parkway and The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Please click on any words in red, or see below for ideas on what to do when you stay with us!
The Mountain Magnolia is an excellent choice for a romantic dinner in Hot Springs NC!
Bluff Mountain Outfitters 828-622-7162. A good selection of whatever you might need to enjoy the outdoors plus some friendly conversation, fax machine and internet access. Located right on Main Street in "downtown" Hot Springs. Lots of maps of the area. Shuttle service for hikers/bikers. For detailed descriptions of area hiking trails (including Max Patch and Spring Creek Nature Trail at Rocky Bluff), please click here or just keep scrolling down the page.
Canopy Tours with Navitat 828-626-3700. Located north of Asheville, Navitat has squirrel-approved canopy adventures, including ziplines and rappelling. Sounds like fun - let us know! A half day with them and a trolley tour of Asheville is a great idea!
Rafting and Soaking and Fishing:
Huck Finn River Rafting 877-520-4658 or 828-622-9645. Right next door to Bluff Mountain Outfitters you will find Huck Finn River Rafting. The people are great and the waters beautiful. Call ahead to book your trip. Open 7 days a week during season (roughly April-October but call ahead to confirm.)
USA RAFT 866-USA-RAFT. Offering rafting trips on the French Broad and Nolichucky Rivers with a $5 discount if you tell them you are staying with us! Online information and trip reservations. Caving and Rock Climbing also offered.
French Broad Rafting - 800-570-7238. They leave out of Marshall and are dog friendly if your pooch would like to paddle too!
The Hot Springs Spa 828-622-7676. Call ahead to book a natural mineral bath, body treatment, hot stone massage, or Swedish massage. The most unique "spa" in the US and the only natural mineral baths in North Carolina! Excellent therapists. Take the waters by booking your own private riverside tub for an hour or two of indulgent relaxation. (You can also bring a bottle of champagne and cheese and crackers - or provision yourself on the way in at "The Camp Store".)
Spring Creek Cafe and General Store 828-622-7400. At the junction of 209 and 63 (about 9 miles south of Hot Springs Log Cabins.) The Trust General Store features a small grocery store, fishing supplies, gas, and the Mountain Home Properties real estate office. (You will pass this place on your way to the cabins from I-40.)
C&H Fishing Supplies 828-622-3205 Located in Hot Springs, Cindy and Harold have the fishing licenses, bait, and tackle you need to fish the area waters. They can also fill you in on the best local fishing holes.
Marie Judy: LMBT#00923
Sandy Bottom Trail Rides 800-959-3513. Towards Marshall, this outfit boasts their own garnet stream and great Madison County mountain views! Sandy Bottom is open year round (weather permitting). Our guests really like this outfit!
Wolf Laurel Stables 828-678-9370 Over the other side of I-26, these trails should provide some fine scenary. Let us know about your experience!
The Biltmore 800-624-1575. The Biltmore also affers one hour trail rides and carriage rides, but you must have a regular estate admission ticket. The opportunity to ride the grounds is fantastic, but be aware that these rides are extremely supervised. The carriage ride is also a very nice option! (Open year round, weather permitting.)
Shady Side Florist: 828-649-3343 is located in Marshall, but they are happy to deliver flowers to the cabins. It is probably best if you contact them directly to request flowers and arrange payment. Do ask them to give us a call to arrange delivery. Let us know as well so we are able to coordinate the flowers to arrive while we are cleaning the cabins. (Visit their website and receive 10% off your order!
The Mountain Magnolia 828-622-3543. Superbly romantic setting. Magnificent food. Try the filet. Dinner only. Please call for current hours. Rreservations highly recommended!
Spring Creek Tavern. Located in Hot Springs next to Spring Creek, it offers casual pub fare and drinks. Sometimes offers live music on weekends.
The Smoky Mountain Diner 828-622-7571. Breakfast, lunch, and early dinner. Good country fried steak or chicken caesar salad. Open year round, but get there early as they close at 7PM.
Sweet Imaginations Ice Cream Cafe 828-622-7522. Very nice lunches, snacks, and dinner selections - not to mention the desserts!!! Please call for hours.
The Camp Store 828-622-7267. Across the street from The Hot Springs Spa is a good venue for the purchase of beer and wine. Nice selection of "champagne" to enjoy in the hot tubs!
Spring Creek Cafe 828-622-7400. At the junction of 209 and 63 (about 9 miles south of Hot Springs Log Cabins), The Spring Creek Cafe is open again! The Trust General Store is next door featuring a nice grocery store, fishing supplies, gas, and the Mountain Home Properties real estate office.
Zuma Coffee Shop (Downtown Historic Marshall) 828-622-1617. Good coffee and great lunches right on historic Main Street. Free Wifi.
Salsa's (6 Patton Ave. - Downtown Asheville) 828-252-9805. Exquisite novel Mexican fare. The Poppers will make you cry so order a Perfect Margarita too.
Ci Ci's Pizza (148 S. Tunnel Road Asheville) 828-298-0010. Cheap, quick, and hot all-you-can-eat pizza across the street from Barnes and Noble.
The Biltmore Estate 828-225-1333. See their website for all the info! If you are arriving or leaving Hot Springs Log Cabins on a Sunday, you may wish to visit The Biltmore on your way. The Deerpark Restaurant on Biltmore Estate offers up a lovely Sunday Brunch, but make sure to allow time to see the house, the gardens, and the winery too!
The Grove Park Inn 1-800-438-5800. Huge old stone hotel that features fine dining, a world class spa, golf, and beautiful views over Asheville.
The WNC Nature Center 828-298-5600.
The North Carolina Arboretum 828-665-2492.
Asheville Trolley Tours 828-681-8585. This is a great way to get introduced to Asheville as the trolley tours you through Montford, Downtown Asheville, Biltmore Village, and The Grove Park Inn. Go early so you have time to get on and off as you like.
The Folk Art Center 828-298-7928. Located directly off the Blue Ridge Parkway with beautiful crafts from local artists.
Asheville Downtown Art Galleries Art galleries in downtown Asheville.
Great Smoky Mountain National Park Cade's Cove and the Roaring Fork Nature Trail are well worth the drive but do tend to be crowded so plan to go early in the day. Or skip the rampant commercialism of Cherokee, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge and visit the Cataloochee area in the SE corner (reached via exit 20 from I-40). A walking trail of historic buildings is found here along with the recently reintroduced Elk.
Blue Ridge Parkway The section from Asheville west to 23/74 (near Waynesville) is the prettiest of all the Parkway in my opinion. The views are stupendous and it makes a perfect driving excursion from Hot Springs Log Cabins.
Maggie Valley Ski Cataloochee 800-768-3588
Ski Wolf Laurel 800-817-4111
Fowler's Farm 828-622-7380. Get to know some locals and practice your aim on this farm in Spring Creek.
Bluff Mountain Outfitters 828-622-7162 See them for info on mountain biking trails and shuttle services.
Iron Tree Golf Course 828-627-1933 18 holes. This course is lined with trees and features a creek flowing through the middle of many holes. The course is very hilly and affords lots of beautiful scenery. Numerous sand bunkers have been incorporated into the course design. Ladies tee off from the same set as the men. Mike's comments: Challenging, but fun. Not extrememly manicured. This is the closest golf course to the cabins, on your left off NC 209 heading south, before you reach I-40.
Waynesville Country Club 828-452-4617 27 holes. Very nice golf course and setting with 3 different 9 hole courses to mix and match. Mike's comments: Great course!
Lake Junaluska Golf Course 828-456-5777 18 holes. This short eighteen hole course can be quite demanding because of all the trees that can affect your shots and the water hazards that come into play on key holes. Three of the fairways are doglegs, but all of them are wide open. The signature hole is #3, requiring an downhill tee shot from off an elevated tee box, then an approach shot over a stream to an elevated green. Horris Smith designed the additional nine holes in 1994. Mike's comments: The honey-do list hasn't allowed me time yet to try out this course!
Appalachian Trail - Public access is at the end of Gorenflo Gap Road, just 2 miles from Hot Springs Log Cabins. (go south 1/2 mile on 209, then right on Gorenflo Gap Road. Gorenflo Gap Road is 1 1/2 miles long and terminates at the AT trail access point.) Ask about our "stocked fridge" special for AT trail hikers who need a few days of pampering! Bluff Mountain Outfitters operates a shuttle service for hikers. You can also get onto the AT from Max Patch Bald (see below).
Harmon Den WMA - Exit #7 from I-40 leads you through Harmon Den. This is a gorgeous area full of horse and hiking trails to enjoy the natural beauty of the Appalachian mountains.
Rocky Bluff Campground & Hiking Trails -located halfway between Hot Springs and Hot Springs Log Cabins, Rocky Bluff boasts a beautiful walking trail along Spring Creek (watch for signs of beaver activity!) as well as the Vann Cliff trail.
US Forest Service (Pisgah National Forest - Appalachian Ranger District), PO Box 128, Hot Springs, NC 28743, (828) 622-3202.
Trails Closest to Hot Springs Log Cabins:
Spring Creek Nature Trail - This trail gets four paws from Hot Springs Log Cabins pet guests!
Van Cliff Loop
Max Patch Bald - Absolutely, positively, the best hike if you only have time for one!
Privately owned until 1982, the land covered by the trail had been used for grazing sheep and cattle. An offer to sell to a ski development was fortunately countered by the U.S. Forest Service, which bought the 392 acres for the Appalachian Trail.
Take a jacket as it is often very windy and exercise caution during the winter months as the road to Max Patch may be icy and dangerous even when there is no snow at Hot Springs Log Cabins.
AT Trail from Max Patch:
The northern segment travels 20 miles to the town of Hot Springs. The first 7 miles along this segment are easy, gaining less than 1,000 feet in elevation, but the path soon climbs steadily toward the wooded summit of Walnut Mountain (elevation 4,280 feet). After a short stretch on an old roadbed, the trail reaches Catpen Gap and ascends Bluff Mountain (elevation 4,686 feet). From here the trail drops steadily, losing more than 3,000 feet along its 10-mile descent into Hot Springs.
AT Trail access at Gorenflo Gap:
Trails from the Silvermine Trailhead in Hot Springs:
Lovers Leap Trail
Pump Gap Loop
Appalachian Trail from Hot Springs to Allen Gap
Roundtop Ridge Trail
Trails Accessed from Shut-In Road, just outside Hot Springs:
Betty Place Trail
East Fork of Shut-In
Trails outside the town of Hot Springs accessed via River Road:
Murray Branch Picnic Area
River Ridge Loop Trail
Jack Branch Trail
Paint Rock Trail
Trails Accessed from the junction of US 25/70 & NC 208:
Laurel River Trail
Shelton Laurel Backcountry:
Hickey Fork Waterfall
Use zip code 28743 in your favorite online weather web page.
Generally speaking, we are blessed with four distinct but relatively mild seasons. I will highlight the seasons below, but just remember that the weather here is highly variable. (Altitude also has an enormous effect on temperatures.)
Laminated Nature Guides:
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for more info about our great little mountain town!
We are proud to offer you our cabins near Asheville and The Biltmore!
We look forward to having you as our guest at Hot Springs Log Cabins, where you can go
whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, fishing, and horseback riding.
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