Welcome Center


Explore the Appalachian Trail Display

Explore the Appalachian Trail Display

The Hot Springs Welcome Center of Madison County is located at 106 Bridge Street which is the main street in Hot Springs, North Carolina. It is also located directly on the Appalachian Trail where the Trail passes through town. It is across the street from the Post Office and next door to the Gentry Hardware Store.


In season, our goal is for the Center to be open from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday through Saturday. We have a Center Manager and volunteers who staff the Center.


The Welcome Center is a new facility with approximately 1600 square feet. It has 2 large bath rooms and is handsomely decorated with comfortable furnishings and informative displays. It also has Wi-Fi.


You will find a wealth of information in the Welcome Center including:

  • Hot Springs information on lodging, dining, activities and more.
  • Madison County information on our other towns, attractions and more.
  • Greater WNC information on Asheville, Cherokee, Waynesville, Lake Lure.


Welcome Center Displays

Welcome Center Displays

The Welcome Center has some excellent displays which you can enjoy for 10 minutes or an hour to take in all the details. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has an informative display including sample molds of foot prints of area animal life.  There are also some great displays of area history including:  the Buncombe Turnpike which ran through town in the early 1800’s; a series of fabulous hotels which were built here; the German Internment during WW1 and much more.