A destination for almost 200 years, has long been renowned for its healing mineral springs and scenic mountain setting. Native Americans were the first to discover the 100-plus degree mineral water from which the Town of Hot Springs received its name. Situated just 40 minutes north of Asheville. Hot Springs is located at the junction of the Appalachian Trail and the French Broad River in a valley surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Pisgah National Forest. And Hot Springs is North Carolina's only town that sits astride the Appalachian Trail. Recreation, they have it all! Not only does the Appalachian Trail run through Hot Springs, you can also find whitewater rafting, tubing, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing and more. Even just a scenic ride for those less adventurous. It will only take one visit to understand why they describe this special corner of the world this way. As the local folks say "only in Hot Springs".