View Full Version : Hot Springs, NC Hostel at Laughing Heart Lodge

chuck and tigger
11-29-2012, 13:26
As you plan your 2013 AT trhu-hike, plan to stay with us at the Hostel at Laughing Heart Lodge in Hot Springs, NC. See AWOL's 2013 guide book for info. Bunks $15, and private rooms. Call Chuck at 813-763-7868 for info.

11-29-2012, 13:31
I stayed here this past spring about a week after it opened, I give it a big thumbs up, good place to stay.

Stir Fry
11-29-2012, 20:31
My thru is in 2014, and Its on my list of places to stay. Hiked past it this spring and did a walk thrugh. If I had not already had paied reservations some where else I would have stayed there.

11-30-2012, 18:01
I stayed there this year - friendly folks, clean facility. Right smack on the AT. Chuck came down the next morning to check out the hammock hang at the campground by the river.

11-30-2012, 20:52
it's on my list for my spring break section hike, plan to meet my daughter & her husband there for a nero. thanks for posting the positive comments.


Berry Belle
09-21-2015, 20:52
I just stayed two nights and I don't have enough good things to say about Laughing Heart. The place was clean, my room was comfortable, and Polaris was very welcoming and helpful. Looking forward to another visit when I do my next section.

09-21-2015, 20:56
Love the place.

09-22-2015, 18:31
...and they are walking distance to the grocery store. Better yet, The Smoky Mountain Diner is really close.
Of course, every hiker's needs are walking distance from anywhere in Hot Springs. The perfect trail town.


09-22-2015, 20:59
Can't say enough good things about the place!

09-23-2015, 11:58
Dang, wish I had gone there this past summer instead of what we did do! I'll be back next June so definitely going there this time!

Gambit McCrae
09-23-2015, 13:00
This is my favorite place on the trail so far.

No crazy rules
Options for everyone
Nicest people in the world. I have spent about 4 weekends here in private rooms and have always had a great experience. Big thanks to Chuck for providing such a wonderful environment in the south.

Berry Belle
02-05-2016, 13:52
Had a very comfortable stay in September 2015. Polaris was a great host. The only negative was that it's at the top of a hill at the edge of town. There's a trail from the AT to the hostel so you don't have to walk a somewhat busy road into town, but then you have to go up the steps on the trail to get back to the hostel. Not what my knees were looking forward to that day. However, the hostel is a great place to hang out, so there's no reason to go anywhere once you've eaten in the diner, resupplied at Dollar General, and returned to your room.