Hot Springs, NC, is a trail town. The AT goes through the main street of town, with white rectangles and AT signs on sidewalks and poles. We stayed at the Hostel at Laughing Heart Lodge, which is visible from the AT. It is a place of beauty and peace, with an unusual history of service and healing. Please see the following link to read more about the history of this land.
The hostel was filled young AT hikers, many from other countries. I heard French, German, and Danish being spoken. Who needs to go to Europe, when Europe comes to the AT?
The hostel manager, Jeff, ended up putting us in the Lodge, so we got our own bathroom. What a luxury!
I cannot express the beauty and peace of this place. Here are a few pictures to help.
A chapel, garden, prayer labyrinth, and hostel cat named Bear all add to the ambiance!