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Old 07-20-2016, 10:21 PM   #1
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Hot Springs, NC camping?

Has anyone camped at the Hot Springs Resort & Spa in North Carolina? If so, thoughts & suggestions would be appreciated. Also, looking for recommendations for good dirt roads/trails in the area to ride our dual sports (which are more dirt oriented that street). Thanks!
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Old 07-20-2016, 10:38 PM   #2
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I was curious about thAt place as well.
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Old 07-20-2016, 10:49 PM   #3
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I was curious about thAt place as well.
We rode through it on sport touring bikes about a month ago. There are some great roads in the areas, and it looks like a cute little town right on the river. Think we're going to try an off-road/rafting trip there Looks like the Pisgah Forest Gamelands are close and we're hoping they have some good dirt trails. We ride in a Gamelands area near home that has awesome trails.
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Mixed reviews on RVParkreviews.com. Only a 6.7 but six reviews over 10 years is hard to get a good picture of things. The latest review last year was not too good.
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Old 07-21-2016, 12:22 PM   #5
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We camped there heavily from 2009 - 2013 but have not been back.
It is a more rustic type campground, and now with our larger 5er we just don't fit. We are lucky to live close enough for day trips to Hot Springs so that is what we mainly do now.
The little town is awesome, the spa is nice according to my wife, and its neat to sit on one of the spring fed hot tubs.
I can't speak to any of the road for dual sport bikes as it is not something we have done. If I had to guess there is some decent riding in the area, it's one of those places that just seems like it would have old fire tower roads, etc.

Here is a shot of some of the sites (from 2013). These sites were around 440 - 447 are that back up to the river. The pole has power on it (30 amp) and the water connections are actually in an enclosure on the ground. You will have to reach down about 2 feet to reach them.



This was our 33' 5er backed into one of the river sites, not a lot of room to spare length wise:
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Ok so it sounds like my 40' fiver won't fit. Thanks
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Ok so it sounds like my 40' fiver won't fit. Thanks
There are some pull through sites that it would likely fit on, but I can't say for sure.

A couple things I forgot to mention in my original post....
1. the roads are dirt\gravel and were not kept up the few years that we were going there.
2. the "bathhouse" is more like a couple small buildings that have toilets and showers in them. They were not well kept at all.

I will dig through some pictures and see if I can find more than the 2 I posted.
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The Appalachian Trail runs through downtown Hot Springs. I believe that the campground there tailors itself to the traffic off the trail. I know that when I went through Hot Springs with 5 friends on a dirt bike trip 4 years ago, we were turned away at the gate (we were tent camping). They said they were full, but I believe they just didn't want motorcycles.

If you can download a gpx file from the internet, then upload the file to your GPS, and then follow the tracks while riding your motorcycle, I can send you hundreds of miles of dirt roads.

FWIW, I prefer to stay further south when I ride. The Ironhorse Lodge in Steocah, NC has a limited number of RV sites. I have never seen a better place to stay if you ride. The KOA in Murphy, NC is a good campground and central to many good roads. I have often stayed at the Tuckaseegee RV Resort, near Cherokee, NC. Tuckaseegee is a great campground.

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We had a wonderful time and enjoyed the campground. We liked our spacious campsite and appreciated the shade trees. Will try to figure out how to post photos. We found an amazing little place called Paint Rock, which is part of the National Park system. Heading out of Hot Springs north on 25 cross the bridge over the French Broad, then take the first left. It starts out as a paved road running along the river, turns into a gravel road for a while, then takes a hard dog leg right back onto a one lane paved road with turn offs that is Paint Creek. There is a great little waterfall into a swimming hole that we stopped at and swam. We also found a great dirt road that went up the mountain quite a way - but we were getting low on fuel and not sure where it went so we turned around. Found out it goes all the way up and over (and apparently there's a fire tower you can go up) and end up back on 25 north of Hot Springs. Will definitely be going back! But Andy, may ask you for some insight into more dirt trails!
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chrissybird, where else have you been with your dual sports? We're getting ready to load up our 650GS dual sports into our TH (as soon as it gets here) and head out.
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