Northeast of Marshall in Madison County, Hot Springs has been a tourist destination for centuries. First discovered by the Native Americans, the healing mineral spring the town was named after has been attracting the lame and the sick since the late 18th century. In 1828, the Buncombe Turnpike was built in town along the French Broad River which brought more visitors to the area.
Hot Springs remains a hub for visitors with dozens of hotels, quaint bed and breakfasts, and cottages and cabins along the French Broad River. Hot Springs Resort and Spa features mineral baths along the banks of Spring Creek and the French Broad River, four lavish suites, eight cabins, a campground and an array of spa services.
Adding to Hot Springs’ appeal, the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail passes through Hot Springs, and the French Broad River is a popular spot for whitewater rafting and kayaking.
In April, Hot Springs celebrates the Appalachian Trail with Trailfest, which features music, food, outdoor activities, and arts and crafts made by local artists.