Hiking in Hot Springs NC
Hiking is our favorite outdoor activity in Hot Springs. One reason we love it so much is it's just so simple. You don't need a reservation, a membership, a special dry suit, a parachute or a fancy dress. You need only some comfortable shoes and a beautiful place to walk, and Hot Springs is just such a place. Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains of both North Carolina and Tennessee (Hot Springs is in a peninsula of North Carolina that is actually surrounded by Tennessee), this is one of the best places in the world to get out and simply take in the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains and the French Broad River. The trail options for hiking in Hot Springs are endless.
Maintain Your Health Hiking in Hot Springs NC
Another reason to love hiking in Hot Springs is that it's so good for you. We have been hiking regularly in the Pisgah National Forest 3-5 times per week and what a difference it has made to our well being. While hiking, particularly up hill, you will get a good aerobic work out, with less jolting and shocking to the joints compared to some other aerobic workouts. Hot Springs offers many hiking trails with many levels of physical challenge. If you want to get out and cover some miles with a couple thousand feet of elevation, or you'd rather take a leisurely hike by a creek side, you will find a trail somewhere around Hot Springs perfect for you.
Experience the Beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Hiking In Hot Springs NC
My favorite reason to love hiking in Hot Springs is that it puts you in direct contact with the living, natural world. We have a tremendous diversity of life here in the southern Appalachians. The scenic, lush forest that surrounds Hot springs has been in continuous existence for tens of millions of years. Ice ages have come and gone, mountains have risen up and begun to crumble back to the sea, but the forests of the southern Appalachians have survived. As a result, these mountains are a repository for incredible plant diversity, with some of the richest wildflower habitat in North America. The river valleys, woods and ridges that surround Hot Springs are also home to a large list of animals as well- eagles, owls, hawks, beavers, bears, deer, otters, minks, and chipmunks are regularly sighted here ("Like" Pete's Nature Journal on Facebook for regular updates on natural happenings around Hot Springs, NC LINK!!!).
Find Easy Trail Access for Hiking in Hot Springs at Broadwing Farms
A special treat for guests at Broadwing Farm Cabins is the ability to hike right out the door of your cabin with direct access to miles of trails and sight seeing in the Pisgah National Forest, without ever getting in a car!!! In fact, the Appalachian Trail of the 1950s crossed Broadwing Farm just a few hundred yards from the cabins. It has since been move off our property, but the trail is still there and is a beautiful hike. There is also "the Old Stage Coach Road", which crosses Broadwing Farm, and is reputed to be built on the old Cherokee Trail to the Nolichuky River watershed toward Greenville, TN. This old road bed also passes just a few hundred yards behind our cabins, and is open and passable for a couple of miles up into the Pisgah National Forest.
Other Resources for Hiking in Hot Springs NC
There is actually so much hiking to do around Hot Springs that no one we know has done it all. Wayne Crosby, one of the owners of Bluff Mountain Outfitters in Downtown Hot Springs has covered more of the Hot Springs area trails than anyone else and can give excellent advice on the details of the various area trails. Check out his website or better yet, visit him at the store (LINK TO BMO)