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 fourth 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. We have compiled a list of the most popular and memorable things to do while visiting our 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. Hike the Appalachian Trail, raft the French Broad River, listen to traditional music at one of the many venues or a festival, take a walking tour of one of the towns or a driving tour of the historic barns. Browse through the website or stop in at The Madison County Visitor Center when you come to visit our area.

Madison County Community-based Radio Programs

wART Radio station Madison County NCwART Radio is the new community-based streaming radio station made possible by the Madison County Arts Council in Marshall. It offers a growing number of local programs. To learn about what Madison County has to offer, log on to Madison County Days which airs on Fridays at 2pm and repeats for several days after that. Les Reker interviews people about all of the various happenings in the area. If the heritage of the music is what interests you, there is a program which combines information or interviews with the traditional music with Kriss Sands (9am on Saturday) which also has encore airings. Tim Malone and Tony Viele offer some fun interviews on Thursday at 9am and Friday at 9am. Other programs of interest to locals are also available and, of course, hours of a great variety of music. To listen anytime, click here for the link on the Madison County Arts site. The program schedule is available on their facebook site. Listen to a recording of “Madison County Days” from wART Radio on June 19, 2015, with the topic of the Madison County Visitor Center–click the arrow below.

“How the West Was Won” Exhibit

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