Whether you are looking for a way to simply enjoy a relaxing end of a day or have finished hiking a stretch of the nearby Appalachian Trail, you can soak in the natural hot mineral waters in Hot Springs, NC, at the Hot Springs Resort and Spa. The clear carbonated waters are world famous for their mineral content and legendary healing powers. And, the process has been upgraded to 21st century standards as the waters fill modern outdoor Jacuzzi type hot tubs that are drained and sanitized after each use. Sit in one of the secluded outdoor tubs and look out over the beautiful setting of the French Broad River or Spring Creek.
Not interested in sitting in a jacuzzi? You can just wander these historic grounds, past the stone remains of the old bathhouse. The spa is on the site of former historic hotels that have used the springs as a tourist draw since the early 1800s, even though the Cherokee were the first to discover the healing properties of the mineral waters. The town itself bears the name Hot Springs which changed from Warm Springs in the late 1800s when a higher-temperature spring was discovered. A little-known fact is that one of the hotels to occupy this site (The Mountain Park Hotel) established the first organized golf club in the Southeast with a nine-hole course.