Hot Springs, NC -- smack dab on the French Broad River and the Appalachian Trail -- is a special place. No, not just because AT&T cell phones don't work there. It's even more special than that! Hot Springs is the host of Trailfest 2016 over the weekend of April 15th. It's a small town blast.
This incredibly hiker-friendly village -- all the way from the Smoky Mountain Diner to Lover's Leap -- simply gives it up to welcome Appalachian Trail hikers and partiers.
Come for the parades, stinky hikers, the talent show (it's no secret why it's free), more hikers and the annual All You Can Eat Spaghetti Supper!
Please Note: The All You Can Eat Spaghetti Supper is a bit bogus. Not bogus like "free checking" from Regions Bank. More like "there's not enough spaghetti in Venice to feed 200 AT thru-hikers until they're full" kind of bogus. Cooks will, however, boil enough pasta to fill a swamp. Thank you.
Sure, Trail Days in Damascus is the Big Apple of Trail festivals. Trail's End in Millinocket is the idyllic "end of the world as you know it" party.
Trailfest 2016 is my personal favorite.
Get outside and head to Hot Springs, North Carolina -- not conveniently located near anywhere -- for Trailfest 2016!
Bring your hula hoops and tutus.
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