I would consider this one of my favorite campgrounds IF you have a site on the river and if you don't mind a fair walk to the toilets. The campground does not allow trailers on any of the river-front sites, only tents, so we had to park our GO in the next row. Happily we were camping with friends who took a group site on the water, so we spent the days there. The river-side sites are lovely, you're sleeping right next to the French Broad and during the day you can play at the edge. Our group site had a little pool created by previous campers using rocks, so all the young kids could splash to their hearts content. The downside is there is only one flush toilet facility, so if you're in the further sites it's a long trek. They do have porta-potties half-way, but I preferred planning in the walk. The sites are large and wooded, though not so wooded that I would feel comfortable squatting in our campsite. I noticed people from the further sites actually driving their cars up to the bathrooms in the evenings…
This campground is in the woods and right on the French Broad River. It isn't the quietest campground as there is a train that goes by and it seemed that the weekend we were there, a lot of groups were there too. However, the Sunday that we were there was a lot quieter as the campground cleared out. The site we were in was pretty level and while we couldn't see the river from our site, we could hear it! There was also a path out of the back of our site that was a quick walk down to the river. The bath houses were fine - clean, but nothing spectacular. The town itself is a cute tiny town right on the Appalachian Trail. A lot of motorcycles visit this area too. We did some fun drives and hikes off the AT and walked to town for both lunch and dinner. We had a great time! There was no cell phone service at all. Just a heads up!
We spent a pleasant, if muddy, weekend at this campground recently. Sites were not all level. This applied more to be pulled through site we were on, 425, then some of the more level back in sites that were smaller. Our pull through site was quite large. It backed up to the river which was about a two minute walk through the woods away. It was a rainy weekend but we had a great time at the spa. We enjoyed both massages and one of their signature soaks in their mineral tubs. These tubs are private and are filled with heated water from a volcanic fault line. It was great for taking off the damp chill of a Rainy camping weekend. One thing we did not see mentioned in reviews when we were booking was the fact that a train runs directly against the campground. We watched it from the playground. Sidenote, the playground is quite small, see photos. The train was charming the first few times we saw at pier But it was not so great in the middle of the night running about every three hours.
I luv this campground. Some sites right on the river and great for cooling off. A great place to take a zero day while on the AT.
I have stayed in the Hot Springs Campground four times now. Each time the experience has been different. But, each time the experience has been wonderful. With mountains in the distance and the constant rush of the French Broad River, the setting is awesome. Even the occasional train whistle gives me a feeling of nostalgia and of simple days. It is situated along the Appalachian Trail. It is close to white-water outfitters. The town has several good resturants and ice cream. My band and I have even played there for The Wild Goose Festival.
Hot Springs was such a great experience. The Camping was not the nicest place we have stayed but it is well maintained. The water is amazing. Enjoy!
Right on the French Broad River, you can hear the river all day and night it is so peacful. Beautiful campground with great campstore right at the entrance that sells everything. Large campsites with great privacy foliage, picnic tables, & fire rings. One drawback, the train runs along side the entire campground, day and night. I still recommend this campground.
This privately-owned campground in the heart of Hot Springs, NC is the perfect place to end a rafting trip on the French Broad River or take a break from an AT thru hike. We met some friends for a full weekend of water fun, including a rafting day and a kayaking day on the French Broad. If you don’t own your own equipment or the skills to navigate a Class III/IV river, there are plenty of companies in the local area that can provide you a guide.
While not the most scenic of campgrounds, it has all the things any rafter or hiker needs – bathrooms/pit toilets and showers, picnic table, and fire pit…and is located just a few minutes walk from a few great restaurants, wifi access at the public library/coffeehouse, and the Hot Springs Spa and Resort (if you want/need a massage and a soak in one of their natural spring water tubs). There are also a few cabins on the property for those not into roughing it.
Most campsites can accommodate multiple tents or sizable RV’s. You have a choice between non-electric and electric sites, which is great for those of us who run on solar power.
While not busy at all during the off-season, this campground can be full on during the high season. Reservations weren’t necessary, but they do take them during the busy times of the year.
this place was really nice. Campsites were okay. Bathrooms were nice but the hot springs spa was the best. Can’t wait for my next visit. This site says you can’t have dogs but I saw dogs all around us at the campground. Idk.
Nice and quite and right by the river. The AT is nearby and the hot springs spa is a must hit after a long weekend of hiking and canoeing