Hot Springs Mountain Loop
ElevationAscent: 205' 63 m
Descent: -199' -61 m
High: 966' 295 m
Low: 833' 254 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)
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“A wonderful loop hike that allows visitors to enjoy a little bit of everything Hot Springs offers.”— Mikhaila Redovian
Family Friendly The whole family will enjoy this easy and scenic hike. Just be sure to stop at the Mountain Tower. The kids will love it!
The trail begins by taking the Hot Springs Mountain Trail, as it departs the trailhead to the south. Though never too far from North Mountain Drive, visitors will feel the world apart. The trail winds through both deciduous and coniferous forests, which makes it shady in the summer. In the winter, with fewer leaves on the trees, this route showcases some excellent views.
You'll then continue winding their way south for about 1/2 of a mile, before reaching the Peak Trail. Take a right, and head to the Hot Springs Mountain Tower, which offers expansive views from well above the treetops!
Once you've had your fill, continue on the Hot Springs Mountain Trail, as it curves to the north. At this point, the trail will begin a gradual descent towards the Floral Trail, and the picnic shelter that is located just past the train intersection. The shelter is a great place to stop and share a quick snack, or just take a brief break before continuing on your way.
Keep moving along the Hot Springs Mountain Trail, until it dead ends at the Upper Dogwood Trail. Take a right on the Upper Dogwood Trail, and continue a short distance to return to your vehicle.
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Land Manager: NPS - Hot Springs