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Hiking in Madison County, NC
The Pisgah National Forest makes up nearly 1/4 of Madison County’s land and the Appalachian Trail runs through the county (and runs through the main street in the town of Hot Springs). Easy hiking on a former railroad bed which runs along the Laurel River to more challenging hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains provides a myriad of opportunities to enjoy the beautiful vistas offered during every season. There are several other hikes that are described on the Appalachian Trail Access Points page of the website.
Madison County also offers experienced Hiking Guide Service.
Download a Madison County Map
Hot Springs Area Trails:
South of Hot Springs Trails (off NC 209):
Shelton Laurel Backcountry Trails (off NC 212):
NOTE: Conditions and trail maintenance may change especially on the more remote trails. For the most current information, check with Bluff Mountain Outfitters at 828 622-7162 (located at 152 Bridge Street in Hot Springs) or http://bluffmountain.com
Disclaimer: Madison County TDA assumes no responsibility for contents of this information because roads and trails may change due to weather or lack of maintenance. Please note that many of these trails and roads may not be marked with signs. Mileages are approximate.
Select for download of an AppalachianTrail Guide 8.20.09