Natural or Man-Made Amusement Parks

A favorite summer activity is a trip to the Laurel River, a natural water amusement park just five miles from Hot Springs. The Laurel’s headwaters are 20 miles back in the mountains. It runs very clear and clean and is home to wild mountain trout. As it approaches the French Broad River, its descent quickens and the waters tumble over huge boulders carved in various shapes from thousands of years of water flowing over them. There are rapids, small waterfalls, deep still pools, and places you can slide on slippery rocks covered with algae. Our family has spent the majority of a day sunning, swimming and picnicking on a sandy beach on the Laurel. Alternatively, within an hour you can visit Gatlinburg and go to a man-made waterpark – but why?

Outdoor Adventure Galore

Hot Springs was voted the Best Small Mountain Town from Georgia to West Virginia by the readers of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine because of the abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities.

Take a Hike

Take a hike. The Inn is 200 yards from the Appalachian Trail and there are a number of hikes you can do right from the Inn. Lover’s Leap Trail is the most popular with a walk along the French Broad River and switchbacks taking you high over the river and valley below which offers great views in any season. The hike then goes to the north slope of the mountain with lots of moss and tunnels of rhododendron. You may also want to consider the Pump Gap Trail, the Laurel River Trail, Betty Place….to name just a few.

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Take a hike. The Inn is 200 yards from the Appalachian Trail and there are a number of hikes you can do right from the Inn. Lover’s Leap Trail is the most popular with a walk along the French Broad River and switchbacks taking you high over the river and valley below which offers great views in any season. The hike then goes to the north slope of the mountain with lots of moss and tunnels of rhododendron. You may also want to consider the Pump Gap Trail, the Laurel River Trail, Betty Place….to name just a few.

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Whitewater Rafting

The French Broad River, one of the oldest rivers in the world, flows right through Hot Springs. We are the center of whitewater rafting in the mountains of North Carolina. You can walk to the local rafting company from any of our lodging location. They’ll equip you, train you, shuttle you and guide you down the river on a raft, a sit-on-top kayak or a tube on the quiet section of the river. Take a ½ day trip or all day. It’s great fun and an exciting adventure.

Horseback Ride

Sandy Bottom Trail Rides has over 20 horses and offers rides for all skill levels and ages. Take a 1-hour, 2-hour or 3-hour trip. Visit his garnet gem mine and keep the semi-precious stones you find.

Treetop Zip-Line

French Broad Rafting offers rafting and float trips on the French Broad River as well as a tree-based zipline course with 10 lines, totaling over one mile of cable. It is located about 25 minutes away in Marshall, NC, and features well-trained, professional guides. Visit their website at: http://www.frenchbroadrafting.com/ to learn more.

Catch a Trout and Cook It

Spring Creek runs right through Hot Springs and it is stocked with mountain trout. Pick up a license at C&H Fishing Supplies and head off to fish. Catch it, cook it, eat it….all in the same day. What could be better?

Visit an Organic Farm

There are plenty here and we can arrange a tour. Many kids don’t make the connection between the food you buy and where it comes from. This will help them to make that connection.

Check Out an Old-Time Hardware Store

This is an incredible experience! Keith Gentry runs the family hardware store which was first opened by his Mom and Dad, Dot and James in 1945. He has everything you can think of, knows where it is without resorting to a computer, and will spend 30 minutes to sell you a 5-cent screw. He’s got moon pies, hard candy, and even a treat for your dog. THIS IS A MUST.

Get Back to Nature

We are blessed to have an abundance of nature surrounding Hot Springs, including wild mountain flowers, a wide variety of birds (some migrating and some calling this home), and other wildlife. The stars shine brightly unlike in the city, and there are fish and water-life galore in the mountain streams. The Inn has a library of field guides with pictures and descriptions. Plan a day out with nature. It will be educational, fun and free.

We are blessed to have an abundance of nature surrounding Hot Springs, including wild mountain flowers, a wide variety of birds (some migrating and some calling this home), and other wildlife. The stars shine brightly unlike in the city, and there are fish and water-life galore in the mountain streams. The Inn has a library of field guides with pictures and descriptions. Plan a day out with nature. It will be educational, fun and free.

Picnic on Max Patch

Have a picnic lunch! This 4600 foot bald mountain with incredible long-range views is known throughout the region and is a great ½ day trip. There is a scenic 45 minute drive from the Inn to the trailhead and various hiking options when you arrive.

Great Day Trips

Asheville is located just 45 minutes from Hot Springs and the Mountain Magnolia Inn. There are so many great things you can do in this mountain town, including antique shopping, brewery hopping, people watching, strolling through the River Arts District, and more. Aside from Asheville, there are many other great areas that are accessible for great day trips. Consider visiting the Great Smoky National Park, Cherekee, NC, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN, or our local county seatof Marshall, NC also located on the French Broad River.

Visit the Biltmore Estate

Visit the Biltmore Estate, America’s largest home. The Biltmore Estate, vineyard and grounds are magnificent. Many guests leave after breakfast and spend much of the day there and take in one of Asheville’s many fine restaurants for lunch or dinner.

A Day of Pampering for All

Take some time off and take a trip to the hot mineral baths for a restful, rejuvenating soak in the 103-degree water alongside the French Broad River. You might also enjoy a massage in our massage tower at the Inn from our wonderful, in-house massage therapist.

Enjoy an Unforgettable Meal

At Mountain Magnolia our Executive Chef uses the finest of ingredients available locally and from Asheville specialty markets with as much being organic and locally grown as possible. We regularly visit the farms we buy from locally. Dining at the inn is both nourishing and relaxing. It’s not uncommon for to diners to linger after dinner or breakfast and take in the mountain views.

Learn About the History of Hot Springs and the Inn

Hot Springs has a wonderful and rich history, and the Inn and its original owners, Carrie and Colonel James H. Rumbough were the central figures in much of it. Many people are surprised to learn that in the 1800’s a 350 room hotel graced the grounds of what is now the Hot Springs Resort and Spa. Also, the government took over the hotel to house over 2,000 German detainees during World War I. In earlier times, Hot Springs was the wintering spot for Native Americans, later became a stop-over for the drovers trail and Buncombe Turnpike and was the site of several Civil War skirmishes. The Inn has a nice collection of books and other historical information you can peruse at your leisure.

Hot Springs has a wonderful and rich history, and the Inn and its original owners, Carrie and Colonel James H. Rumbough were the central figures in much of it. Many people are surprised to learn that in the 1800’s a 350 room hotel graced the grounds of what is now the Hot Springs Resort and Spa. Also, the government took over the hotel to house over 2,000 German detainees during World War I. In earlier times, Hot Springs was the wintering spot for Native Americans, later became a stop-over for the drovers trail and Buncombe Turnpike and was the site of several Civil War skirmishes. The Inn has a nice collection of books and other historical information you can peruse at your leisure.

Visit Trust and Luck

Highway 209 south out of Town is a Scenic Highway and heads to nearby Trust and Luck (Yes! These are real names!). There’s a General Store in Trust which is worth a stop, and they have a restaurant if you are hungry. Nearby Luck is an unincorporated spot on the map with a quaint old storefront reminiscent of the 1930’s.

Take in Some Mountain Music

Hear some mountain music. The Iron Horse Station in town often has local mountain musicians playing on weekends and sometimes during the week. This is a great place to get a burger and enjoy a cold beer, and it is located just 200 yards from the Inn over the old trestle bridge.

You can also find live music at the Spring Creek Tavern.

There are various music festivals in town throughout the year. Here is a link to the Hot Springs events calendar:
http://hotspringsnc.org/events-calendar/