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.

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100 Ways to “Play with Us”

View of the French Broad River from the town of Hot SpringsFor the tfourth 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 was Filmed Here

A World Made Straight filming Noah WyleThe novel by Ron Rash includes ties back to the Shelton Laurel Massacre during the Civil War was 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. Available on DVD.

“How the West Was Won” Exhibit

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The Rural Heritage Museum exhibit “How the West was Won–Trains and the Transformationof western North Carolina” will run through January 2016. Relive the romance and realism of mountain railroading. The rails made it possible to move ou mountains of minerals and billions of board feet of timber. They also brought in tourists and health seekers to a previouslyisolated region. Stop in between 11am and 5pm Tuesday through Sunday. FREE. On the Mars Hill University campus on Highway 213 just off Main Street.

Arts Council Sunday Summer Series

Sheila Kay Adams

The Madison County Arts Council presents a summer series of concerts at the Ebbs Chapel Performing Arts Center venue on Sunday Afternoons. On Sunday July 26, Sheila Kay Adams will share stories and ballads. A 2013 winner of an NEA Fellowship Award and seventh-generation ballad singer, storyteller, and musician, Sheila Kay Adams was born and raised in the Sodom Laurel community of Madison County. Her reputation as an accomplished banjo player and storyteller brings many to her concerts and performances at other venues.On Sunday, August 30, The always-popular Kruger Brothers will be back in concert in Madison County.