Hot and cold running fun in Hot Springs, N.C.

Hot and cold running fun in Hot Springs, N.C.

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Everything from aches, pains and skin irritations are said to be soothed by the hot springs. Everything from aches, pains and skin irritations are said to be soothed by the hot springs.
With the French Broad River just a short walk from the center of town, there are several companies offering water activities for both the meek and the adventurous. With the French Broad River just a short walk from the center of town, there are several companies offering water activities for both the meek and the adventurous.
"We just love the outdoors and we just love backpacking and getting out here and enjoying the mountains," says Chris Akers, a student visiting from the University of Florida. "We just love the outdoors and we just love backpacking and getting out here and enjoying the mountains," says Chris Akers, a student visiting from the University of Florida.

By TEARSA SMITH
Good Morning Tennessee Anchor/Reporter

HOT SPRINGS, N.C. (WATE) -- Hot Springs, North Carolina is just 73 miles from Knoxville on Highway 25/70, and it will satisfy lovers of spas and the great outdoors.

The first stop 6 News made was the Hot Springs Resort and Spa on 315 Bridge Street. It's something you can't find in Knoxville's neck of the woods.

"Crystal clear, smells sweet and pretty heavily loaded with minerals. The old timers call it the electric waters of Hot Springs cause it really refreshes you, to get in it, " says Eugene Hicks, who owns the resort.

When you do step into the outdoor mineral baths, you're soaking in naturally warm water from under the Earth.

Some people say since the 1700s, visitors have flocked to the hot springs for the healing power of the waters. Everything from aches, pains and skin irritations are said to be soothed.

While you're there, you can also dig into several spa services such as massages and body wraps.

With the French Broad River just a short walk from the center of town, there are several companies offering water activities for both the meek and the adventurous.

For instance, 6 News hit the water with Huck Finn Rafting Adventures, which also offers float trips, custom trips and package deals for groups.

The city is also known for its front door service to the 2,000 mile long Appalachian Trail. It crosses through the center of town, making it a hub for backpackers and hikers.

"We are doing 70 miles of the Appalachian Trail starting in Hot Springs and ending in Erwin, Tennessee," says Chris Akers, a student visiting from the University of Florida.

"We just love the outdoors and we just love backpacking and getting out here and enjoying the mountains," Akers adds.

When this trip was over, the 6 News crew still had three-quarters of a tank of gas.

The price tag on this trip was $120 for two adults. That includes a tank of gas, an hour of soaking in an outdoor mineral bath and a calm water adventure.

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