What to Do in Madison County, North Carolina


Just minutes from Asheville, NC, Madison County is full of ways to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Within the Pisgah National Forest, the Appalachian Trail and hiking trails provide a wide range of opportunities for hiking. Other outdoor activities include whitewater rafting on the French Broad River, bicycling on scenic and lightly-traveled mountain roads; horseback riding on trails which provide unique vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains; fishing in our mountain streams and rivers. If skiing, snowboarding or tubing is what you are looking for, we have that, too. Relax in natural mineral water baths in the town of Hot Springs. For a less strenuous but equally enjoyable way to see the county, there are plenty of self-guided driving tours to take you through the back roads to see both the history of Madison County and its majestic vistas.

If it’s indoor entertainment you are looking for, these mountains and coves are steeped in old-time music tradition. You can find musicians at local venues, restaurants, and festivals throughout the year. The mountains are also full of local artists and you can visit them at their studios or see their work in local galleries or displayed in our antique stores and unique shops. Besides the music concerts or art shows offered monthly at the Arts Center, each summer the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre presents its season of musicals, dramas and comedies as well a new works.

From the landscaped grounds of the Mars Hill University campus to the natural beauty of the 360º view offered from Max Patch, you can find whatever it is you are looking for here in Madison County, The Jewel of the Blue Ridge. Come Play with Us!