Blue Ridge Mountains of Madison County NCThe Mountains, The Music, The Majestic River and More

This Blue Ridge gem in Western North Carolina — just 20 minutes from Asheville — is home to over 55,000 acres of National Forest providing a majestic backdrop to the world’s third oldest river—our mighty French Broad.  Our timeless tradition of musical history which is known worldwide will accompany you as you share the majesty of nature and the rural abundance of our small town heritage. Plan to visit us–one of the nineteen Madison Counties in the United States. We offer outdoor sports for all enthusiasts whether a rafting trip suits your fancy, a cycling adventure along our country roads or a good horseback ride. Better yet—experience our natural hot springs, one of only two east of the Mississippi. Come and you’ll see.  Life in Madison County is the way life should beeasy living with a song in the air.

Madison County on the Blue Ridge Music Trails

Blue Ridge Music Trail book coverBlue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership and the North Carolina Arts Council has reissued The Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina book. The trails are designed to promote the rich traditional music heritage of western North Carolina. Marshall in Madison County (one of twenty-nine counties on the trails) is the geographic epicenter of the Trails. Two of the stops on the trails in Marshall are Zuma Coffee where there is a free bluegrass jam every Thursday evening and The Depot where traditional musicians play every Friday night. Find  other places and events in Madison County that are featured in the Trails.

Upcoming Events in Madison County, NC

Or just enjoy the beauty of the outdoors…………
View of the Hot Springs NC valley

100 Ways to “Play with Us”

View of the French Broad River from the town of Hot SpringsFor the third year, the May “Make Madison Memories” insert of the News Record and Sentinel, includes a list of 100 ways to spend your time in Madison County. Located in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina with the scenic French Broad River running through it, Madison County offers countless ways to enjoy the experience of visiting our area. Whether your interest is in the outdoors, visual or performing arts, traditional music, history, architecture, or agri-tourism, we have something that will make your visit a memorable one. Browse through the website or stop in at The Madison County Visitor Center when you come to visit our area.

A World Made Straight Filming Here

A World Made Straight filming Noah WyleThe novel by Ron Rash includes ties back to the Shelton Laurel Massacre during the Civil War is being filmed in Madison County. The massacre is the classic brother v brother story which takes place and continues to influence families even into the twenty-first century. So, it was only natural that the independent movie should be filmed in our county. The movie will star Minka Kelly, Noah Wyle and Jeremy Irvine. Residents were treated to star sightings and welcomed the crew and cast in warm Madison County fashion.

Continuing “Interwoven” Rural Life Museum Exhibit

Allanstand weaving history

Southern Highland Craft Guild Archives

Rural Life Museum’s exhibition entitled, “Interwoven: Coverlets, Ballads, and America’s Discovery of Madison County Folklife” continues. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
“Interwoven” tells the story of the Allanstand Cottage Industries, developed by Presbyterian missionary Frances Louisa Goodrich. Allanstand formed the beginnings of what would become a great revival of handcrafts in Madison County and would eventually lead to the creation of one of America’s oldest and most renowned craft associations, the Southern Highland Craft Guild. This exhibit will run through the summer of 2014. For more information,

April 11, 12 & 13 Trailfest

Trailfest Hot Springs NC

A celebration of the Appalachian Trail and the great outdoors in downtown Hot Springs! A weekend of fun, FREE outdoors events including: obstacle and low ropes course, “hiker” games, camp stove cook-off. And, as always, the Duck Race and a community Soccer Game. Plus LIVE MUSIC. Food for sale and a Silent Auction. Family fun beginning on Friday evening and continuing through Sunday afternoon.

Saturday, April 12 Fiddlin’ 5K

Fiddlin 5K

A unique 5K run through the Mars Hill University campus and the surrounding hills of Madison County. What makes it unique? Along the way, fiddle and banjo players will serenade your progress! Madison County has deep roots in traditional music culture and Mars Hill University’s historical buildings are a backdrop for this run. Both the University and the Madison County Arts Council work to keep the traditional music alive and this is one of the many ways to do so. The run ends on the campus quad for music and food.