Local Attractions

There are many things to do in the Hot Springs area. You will find white water rafting, tubing, hiking, horse back riding and fishing and snow skiing in season or just enjoying the beautiful scenery all around. Other points of interest are the Dudley Falls, Painted Rocks, Lover’s Leap, or Max Patch, The World Famous  Hot Springs Resort and Spa offers  soaks in the mineral water by the hour and Massage Therapy.  There are many festivals in town such as Trail Fest, Bluff Mountain Music Fest, French Broad River Festival, and the Fourth of July festivities, and much more.There are many hiking trails in the National Forest. The Appalachian  Trail comes right through downtown Hot Springs,this is always good for a day or a week hike. Around Western North Carolina within an hours drive there is the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC, Gatlinburg, TN, the Great Smokey Mountain National Park, The Cherokee Indian Reservation, Harrahs Casino, Pigeon Forge, TN and Dollywood,TN. There are several nice restaurants that are located in a few minutes time from Pleasant Bank.

Local Attractions and Links

Before you leave, be sure to:

– See a play at Mars Hill’s Southern Appalachian Repertory Theater.
– Ride the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad (reserve the caboose!)
– Raft all along the French Broad River (from Pleasant Bank’s private dock).
– Enjoy a relaxing soak in one of the many riverside hot tubs at nearby Hot Springs Spa.
– Hike the Appalachian Trail or one of the hundreds of others winding through the forests.
– Shop for local arts and crafts, quilts, pottery, painting, sculpture at the artists’ own studios.
– Listen to Appalachian music sung (and composed) by musicians who can trace their roots in these hills back 12 generations.
– Pet baby animals, make soap at farms in nearby Spring Creek.
– Visit Asheville, NC (25 min away), a sophisticated small city, on most Top Ten lists of best American cities in which to live and retire.

Local Websites: Town of Hot Springs,  Town of Marshall

Travel Planning:

N.C. Free Travel Planner 800-920-1437
Madison County Visitor Center
Events & Festivals 800-VISIT-NC

Popular Attractions:

Biltmore Estate 800-543-2961
Chimney Rock Park 800-277-9611
Tweetsie Railroad 800-526-5740
Grandfather Mountain 800-468-7325
Hot Springs Spa 800-462-0933
Appalachian Trail 828-254-3708
Blue Ridge Parkway 828-298-0398

Things to do:

Asheville Community Theatre 828-254-1320
Montford Park Players 828-254-5146
Barter Theatre, Abington, VA 540-628-2281
Maggie Valley Carolina Nights Dinner Show 800-334-9036
SART (Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre) 828-689-1384
Flat Rock Playhouse 828-693-0731

Sports & Entertainment:

Blue Heron Whitewater 888-426-7238
French Broad Rafting 800-570-7238
Cherokee Adventures Rafting 800-445-7238
Ski Wolf Laurel 800-817-4111
Emerald Village Gem Mining 828-ROKGEMS
Nantahala Outdoor Center 800-232-7238
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino 800-HARRAHS