About Iron Horse
The Iron Horse Station is made up of three adjoining historic buildings located on the Appalachian Trail, which is also the main street of Hot Springs . The original Inn was built in 1929, while today’s Restaurant and Tavern, formerly a haberdashery and later a movie theatre, was reported to have been built prior to 1890 and is said to be the oldest building in the county. The present Shops and coffee bar were previously a general goods store and more recently Ponder Hardware Store.
A painstaking restoration in 2005 – 2006 by RJS Properties, Inc. of Charlotte, North Carolina, has successfully preserved the unique character and original architecture of The Iron Horse Station. This beautiful location features original brick exposed through plaster walls, transom windows, heart-of-pine hardwood flooring, elaborate cornice work, and stamped tin ceilings. This property continues to serve the town of Hot Springs and all of its visitors as a welcoming destination for all to enjoy.
The Appalachian Trail is literally at the front door of The Iron Horse Station Inn. Hot Springs is the first town on the trail where the trail actually runs directly through town. The Appalachian Trail begins in Springer Mountain, Georgia, about 270 miles to the south. It runs a total of 2,181 miles, north to south, traversing 14 states to Mount Katahdin, Maine. The trail is frequently hiked from south to north (Georgia to Maine). Thru-hikers typically begin their hike in February, March, or April, and many stay at The Iron Horse Station to rest, relax and rejuvenate. Day and weekend hikers also stay here to hike sections of the trail. The Iron Horse Station arranges pick-up and drop-off services for hikers and has special hiker’s packages.