Located right on the Appalachian Trail and the French Broad Rivera in Western North Carolina, Hot Springs is one of the region's best places to appreciate the outdoors. Recently ranked as the best small mountain town from Georgia to West Virginia, Hot Springs boasts an impressive array of hot springs (you guessed it), hiking trails, horseback riding, fishing, canoeing, and white water rafting. With the town dating back to colonial and indigenous years, Hot Springs has a rich history as well. For a much-needed respite from the rest of society, consider Hot Springs for your next vacation.
Hot Springs is undoubtedly known best for the mineral springs that lend the town its name. The Hot Springs Resort and Spa offers spring and spa services that have been proven to help heal a wide array of ailments. In the category of outdoor activities, check out Paint Rock for a collection of Native American pictographs, the Jack Branch or Lover’s Leap hiking trails, or the array of activities along the French Broad River. For the city dwellers, check out any number of historical museums or festivals hosted by Hot Springs all year-round.
Hot Springs has a very temperate climate -- meaning any time of year is generally a good time to visit. It has four pretty distinct seasons, and each offers its own beautiful aspects.
The unique town of Hot Springs Arkansas, located in the heart of North Carolina, is directly on the Appalachian Trail and the French Broad Rivera. Recently, it was named as the best small mountain town from Georgia to West Virginia, and it certainly lives up to this title. Unsurprisingly, the town’s name derives from the naturally warm mineral waters that can be found in Hot Springs. Visitors are welcomed to come and enjoy the healing powers of the water that flows freely from the earth. As the water percolates up through the rock, it collects and abundance of ‘healing’ minerals, and it is these qualities that bring tourists to the area from miles around. A favorite spot to enjoy these waters is at Hot Springs Resort and Spa, where private hot tubs are available for guests. Alternatively, explore Bathhouse Row, sitting directly over the hot springs, or Hot Springs Nation Park, which surrounds the north end of the city.
For those that love adventure in the great outdoors, Hot Springs offers plentiful opportunities. There are numerous hiking trials, horseback rides, fishing, canoeing, white-water rafting and more. The Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo is a privately-owned zoo that gives visitors the chance to view majestic creatures up close, with around 200 alligators on site, in addition to many other smaller animals. Garvin Woodland Gardens is the botanical garden of the University of Arkansas, and offers incredible architectural structures and photo opportunities around every corner.
One of the most popular attractions for those staying in a vacation home nearby is Hot Springs Mountain Tower. The tower elevator transports visitors 216 feet to the observation deck which boast views of Ouachita Mountain, Diamond Lakes and beyond. For a little fun, Magic Springs and Crystal Falls theme park and water park will bring adventure to any family vacation, while the local golf course in a great way to spend a day out with friends.
Whether you are traveling as a couple, with family, alone or with a large group, there are Hot Spring vacation rentals suitable for everyone. There is everything from budget-oriented lodging to deluxe accommodation. In keeping with its countryside surroundings, Hot Springs especially has a large selection of rental cabins and cottages, some of which are located right in the heart of town, while others are a few miles outside of it. So, if you want to be surrounded by trees and woodland fauna, or out on the banks of French Broad River or Spring Creek, you are sure to have a great stay.
The majority of hotels and suites in town all have their own distinct personalities, from 50’s style motels or smaller boutique lodgings in downtown Hot Springs. Bed and breakfast vacation rentals in Hot Springs are exciting and varied. There are options that include incredible views, those that are rich in history and some that feel like a home away from home, all of which is perfect for a family vacation. For more budget accommodation, hostels are a great place to meet other travelers. Equally, a home on Lake Hamilton boasts incredible views of the water and beyond.
Due to the town’s climate, any time of year is a great time to look for rentals in Hot Springs. There are four distinct seasons, each with something beautiful to offer, so visitors simply have to take their pick.
When visiting Hot Springs, you're sure to enjoy the healing waters and laidback atmosphere of the region. The town is primarily known for its hot springs, but also has a huge range of other popular attractions such as Garvan Woodland Gardens, impressive Lake Hamilton, Crystal Falls, and much more. Hot Springs Mountain is the tallest peak in San Diego County, and there are a number of trails for adventurous travelers to attempt. The top attraction however is Magic Springs, a huge theme park and water park, providing hours of fun for the whole family.
No matter your budget or preferences, there are Hot Springs cabin rentals for everyone, from cozy log cabins, to vacation rentals in Hot Springs with stunning mountain views. There is nothing better than getting a vacation rental on the edge of Hot Springs National Park, providing a home-away-from-home in the middle of many natural wonders. Hot Springs Arkansas is sure to give you a vacation you won't be forgetting in a hurry.