The town of Hot Springs has lured travelers and guests for more than 200 years with its warm mineral water. Perched on the banks of the French Broad River, the Hot Springs Spa and Resort caters to vacationers and hikers who traverse the Appalachian Trail, which goes down the town’s main street.
The town of Hot Springs has lured travelers and guests for more than 200 years with its warm mineral water. Perched on the banks of the French Broad River, the Hot Springs Spa and Resort caters to vacationers and hikers who traverse the Appalachian Trail, which goes down the town’s main street. cliddy@newsobserver.com
The town of Hot Springs has lured travelers and guests for more than 200 years with its warm mineral water. Perched on the banks of the French Broad River, the Hot Springs Spa and Resort caters to vacationers and hikers who traverse the Appalachian Trail, which goes down the town’s main street. cliddy@newsobserver.com

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