Boiling Springs is a town in Cleveland County, North Carolina, in the United States. It is home to Gardner-Webb University. The Broad River runs along the south of the township, where the Broad River Greenway is located, providing recreational facilities, activities and trails. The town is named after the natural springs that are found on University property and which feed a small on-campus lake. It is on the outskirts of Shelby and only several miles from the North Carolina and South Carolina border. Charlotte, about 32 miles east, is the largest nearby city. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.3 square miles (11 sq.km), all of it land.