Hotel at a Glance: The Iron Horse Station
The Appalachian Trail runs through the heart of Hot Springs, North Carolina, right past the front door of The Iron Horse Station, an extensively restored historic three-building property made up of an inn, a restaurant and tavern, and a coffee shop and artisan gallery. Guest stay in the original inn, built in 1929 and painstakingly restored in 2005.
- Southern comfort food: Made with many locally grown ingredients at the restaurant and tavern, located inside what's believed to be the county's oldest building
- Pullman train-inspired rooms: The inn's guest rooms were inspired by classic Pullman sleeper cars
- Jacuzzi rooms: Relax in your jacuzzi room's jetted tub
- Live music: Bands play throughout the week. Click to see the schedule.
Hot Springs, North Carolina: Hot Mineral Springs near the Appalachian Trail and Pisgah National Forest
Though it's located at the confluence of the French Broad River and Spring Creek, Hot Springs is named for a different body of water. Its namesake hot springs are one of the southeastern United States' only mineral springs. Visitors soak in their purportedly healing waters at Hot Springs Resort and Spa, which pipes the water into outdoor jacuzzi hot tubs, positioned along the banks of the rivers.
Many folks chance upon Hot Springs as they're making their trek up the Appalachian Trail. The Trail runs straight through the town along Bridge Street and begins to climb the Blue Ridge Mountains as it winds out of town. Additional hiking opportunities abound at Pisgah National Forest, just a short walk outside of town.