See & Do
Re-energize with a visit to the picturesque village of Boiling Springs. Whether it's fishing, history, or hiking, this designated Appalachian Trail community will charm you with all there is to see and do.
Stroll, picnic, paddle, or fish along the banks of Children's Lake, a seven-acre man-made lake that is fed by some 30 natural springs which bubble to the surface from subterranean caves. The springs deliver about 22 million gallons of crystal clear water a day, which is always a consistent 53 degrees. Regardless of the time of year, you can always find family fun while feeding the lake's many ducks, geese, and swans.
Fishing enthusiasts will find spring-fed and stocked trout at Children's Lake as well as along at one-mile catch-and-release section of the Yellow Breeches Creek near Boiling Springs. Visit the TCO Fly Shop for all your hiking and fishing gear needs. You can also sign up for a guided fishing experience or a fly-tying class.
Plan your hike along the Appalachian Trail, which runs alongside Children's Lake, with a stop at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Here you will find A.T. maps and friendly volunteers to guide you in the right direction Chances are you'll run into a thru-hiker and they always have interesting stories to share. You can take a number of day hikes starting from the ATC office, including one to nearby Center Point Knob, which was the original halfway point of the A.T. when it was a completed in 1937. Look for a replica of the original plaque when you reach the top.
Discover the village's historic significance with the help of our 19-century Boiling Springs Self-Guided Walking Tour, which will take you to 22 stops throughout the village -- from an iron furnace built around 1760 to the Ege-Bucher Mansion built c. 1780 to the c. 1880 house of Daniel Kaufman, one of three men in charge of the Underground Railroad station at Boiling Springs.
Find a unique treasure at the award-winning Village Artisans Gallery, which features the work of over 200 artisans, primarily from Pennsylvania, in a renovated circa 1875 brick church. If the timing is right you may see an artist in action.
Stop by for an authentic Mexican meal at Caffe 101, where you can enjoy the view of Children's Lake from their beautiful outside patio.
Savor dessert by the lake when you head over to The Sugar Shack for some hand-dipped ice cream to go.
The historic Boiling Springs Tavern, built in 1832, which serves dishes such as salmon Rockefeller, Cajun shrimp, and roast duck, is an excellent choice for a candlelit dinner.
Stay overnight at the newly-renovated Allenberry Resort, an Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing lodge. Nestled on 57-acres along the Yellow Breeches Creek, lodging accommodations range from rustic cottages to rooms in the mansion. If the timing is right, take in a performance at the Playhouse.