area activities

Your outdoor adventures await you in the beautiful town of Hot Springs, North Carolina!
We are the only town in N.C. with natural hot mineral springs.
The town is surrounded by the Pisgah National Forest and the 3500-foot peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains &
the French Broad River and the Appalachian Trail run right through town.

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Fishing Reel
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There are some great mountain biking opportunities in the area from riding along River Road to Murray Branch Park or Paint Rock where, if you look hard enough, you will find 5000-year-old petroglyphs) or the loop up on Mills Ridge.
So put the bikes on the back of your car and shred some trails.




Sandy Bottom Trail Rides caters to First Time Riders, Families & Children, even the “Disabled”!
The Little Pine Garnet Mine Cave -our most popular ride & was once owned by Tiffany & Company!
Has No Age/Weight Limits; offer daily 1,2,3,4 hour rides


                                            1459 Caney Fork Road, Marshall, NC 28753

Not only does the Appalachian Trail run right through town, there are a number of hikes you can do right from downtown. Lover’s Leap Trail is the most popular with the walk along the French Broad River and then the turn up the mountains edge with switchbacks taking you to great views of the river and valley below.


The French Broad River, one of the oldest rivers in North America and one of the few that runs east to west, flows right through the middle of Hot Springs. We are the center of whitewater rafting in the mountains of North Carolina. Rafting companies will equip, train, shuttle and guide you down the river on a raft, a sit-on-top kayak or a tube on a quiet section of the river. Take a ½ day trip or stay out all day. It’s great fun and, while exciting, it is very safe.


Farmony's Safari Edventure is a non-profit organization;
hands-on encounters with wildlife, plants & the environment.
Interact with kangaroos, sloth, lemurs, porcupines & more.
Hours 11am-5pm (Days of operation vary by season)

2202 Walnut Creek Road, Marshall, North Carolina 28753