​Dancing Sun Cabins
1985 Roaring Fork Road, Hot Springs, NC 28743, Madison County, USA 828-622-9569

Things to do at Dancing Sun Cabins
​There are many, many things to do at Dancing Sun Cabins. There are many possibilities both on site and within an hour drive.

Dancing Sun Cabins sits between Max Patch and Garenflo Gap just off the Appalachian Trail
​Below are maps that illustrate our our location to these hikes. 
There is an easy hike from your cabin door up a beautiful mountain creek to several waterfalls on Fall Branch. This is a great hike to "wander and ponder" or just sit by the creek. There are many salamanders and small fish in this creek.
For a day hike, there are several loops illustrated in the hand drawn map below. These take 2-3 hours each depending on how fast you hike. We would rate these as moderately difficult. Each loop takes you to a bald which offers great views of the mountains.
This map illustrates where Dancing Sun Cabins  sits in relation to the Appalachian Trail.
You can drive to Max Patch which is a well known Bald that offers 360 degree views of the ridge. There are endless hikes that you can take.
This is a hand drawn map of some trails that we created to incorporate loops using the Appalachian Trail. There are many possibilities and Rebecca and Tom are happy  to advise you on your trail choices to help you pick the perfect hike.
Horse Back Riding
This local rafting company is located in Hot Springs.They offer guided and unguided whitewater rafting trips, overnight and float trips.
This rafting company is located in Marshall, NC which is not far from Hot Springs. They advertise a guide in every raft. They offer Half day/Full day, and calm water river trips..
This rafting company is located in Marshall, NC  which is about a 45 minute drive from us. They offer guided and unguided tours and a wide variety of raft rentals.
The French Broad River winds its way through Hot Springs and through some of the most spectacular scenery imaginable. Our guests who have tried rafting speak of the thrill, excitement and beauty they experienced. If you are unfamiliar with river rafting,it is always best to go with an good guide. 
There is nothing like seeing the beautiful mountain meadows from the back of a horse. We have taken rides with this company and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. They have several ride packages. We loved the ride to the mine where they let us collect rocks.
Blue Ridge Parkway
This area offers many, many beautiful drives. Hwy 209 is known as  "the Rattler" to motorcyclists and is famous for its views.
Beautiful Drives
One of the best ways to fully experience the mountains of North Carolina, is to spend an entire day on horseback. We offer a large selection of trails for all levels of riding ability. Trips can be arranged for groups of two or more people. We'll leave about 9:00 in the morning and get back around 4:00 in the afternoon. We will provide a picnic lunch for a nominal fee, or you can bring your own. 
Great Smoky Mountain National Park
The Blue Ridge Parkway offers the mountain traveler beautiful vistas and views and access to endless hiking trails.
Chimney Rock park has lots of hiking and phenomenal rocks to climb up.
Chimney Rock Park
This park straddles the ridges of the NC and Tenn Border. It offers endless drives and hiking.
The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad
Cataloochee is one of our favorite places and offers a beautiful drive through the mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains. Surrounded by peaks of up to 6000 feet, this pristine valley offers one a chance to visit a town just as it was in the 1930's. There is also an incredible herd of Elk.  We have seen Elk up close and personal and also bear in this beautiful setting. You can drive through this park but you can also hike to different areas of the old town that are not accessible by road.
About an hour drive through the beautiful blue ridge, is the incredibly elegant mansion of the Vanderbilt family.
Visitors come from all over the world to view this incredible estate.
Located about an hour down the road in Bryson City is a wonderful scenic railroad. The  ride takes you through gorgeous views as you ride along on a beautiful historic train.
Navitat Zip Line Canopy Tours
Many of our guests have visited Navitat which is about an hour drive from here. They have given this company wonderful reviews.

There are several restaurants in the area. 
​Trust Store Cafe 
 At the junction of 209 and 63. This is a small grill in Trust. They have great burgers. This is a country store type atmosphere.

The Following Restaurants are in downtown Hot Springs

The Mountain Magnolia 
204 Lawson St, Hot Springs
Fine dining. Superbly romantic setting. Magnificent food. Dinner only. Please call for current hours and reservations and directions as this restaurant is not on main street.

The Spring Creek Tavern
Main Street in Hot Springs
Great wood fired pizza. Tavern on the Creek. Salads and sandwiches that are reasonable priced.

The Iron Horse Station 
Just off Main St in Hot Springs
Casual fare and drinks in a lovely historic downtown Hot Springs location. Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week with a tavern, coffeehouse, local artisans, wines, antiques, large screen TV, and FREE Wi-fi.

The Smoky Mountain Diner 
Hwy 209, Hot Springs
Family Diner
Breakfast, lunch, and early dinner. Food is excellent. This is a favorite for locals and hikers. Another favorite of Tom and Rebecca. Open year round, but get there early as they close at 7PM. They have the best biscuits in town!

The Camp Store
Located at the camp ground on 25/70 heading South out of Hot Springs, across from the Hot Springs Spa
Great "to go" food. Great vegetarian options.
 Across the street from The Hot Springs Spa.

The Artisun Gallery
Just off Main st  in Hot Springs

Need some chocolate? Coffee? Wine? Art?
Visit the Artisun Gallery in Hot Springs to taste local ice cream or chocolate.Enjoy a wine tasting while shopping for local art and gifts.