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Hot-Springs is a small, quaint town located just 40 minutes northwest of Asheville, within the Pisgah National Forest along the French Broad River. It was named for the hot mineral springs located in the town, and has long been known as a relaxing and romantic getaway. The hot springs were first discovered in 1792, and by the late 1800s, people from all over the country were traveling to Hot Springs to enjoy the curative waters, fresh mountain air and gorgeous scenery. Along with the mineral springs, some of the best massage therapists in the country can be found in Hot Springs - sure to make this one of the most blissful vacation destinations you'll discover. Outdoor enthusiasts will also enjoy Hot Springs. There is hiking on the Appalachian Trail, rafting, canoeing, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing and boating in the area. Hot Springs is also known for its' arts and crafts and is home to a crafters' cooperative that features works of some of the local artisans. When it comes to dining, you'll find everything from old-fashioned country cooking to gourmet food in Hot Springs, and accommodations range from rustic camping to beautiful bed and breakfast inns. Hot Springs hosts an Annual Trailfest, which is a celebration of the Appalachian Trail, with lots of good food, mountain music and outdoor adventure. There is also an annual Bluff Mountain Festival in Hot Springs that is a fundraiser for the Madison County Arts Council. This event has free admission and features some of the region's best traditional and bluegrass music, as well as a popular "silent auction" of works of some of the local artists and craftspeople in the area.

Surrounding areas: Wolf Laurel, North Carolina (20.2 mi), Weaverville, North Carolina (20.3 mi), Beech Mountain, North Carolina (24.9 mi), Asheville, North Carolina (25.5 mi), Clyde, North Carolina (25.6 mi), Lake Junaluska, North Carolina (26.7 mi), Green Mountain, North Carolina (29.3 mi)

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