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 (at one time passing 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:

2.4 miles
MODERATE
3.6 miles
EASY
1.6 mile loop
DIFFICULT
4.2 mile loop
MODERATE
3.2 miles
DIFFICULT
2 miles
MODERATE

South of Hot Springs Trails (off NC 209):

5.4 miles
MODERATE
1.4 miles
EASY
4 miles
VERY DIFFICULT
2.4 miles
EASY

Shelton Laurel Backcountry Trails (off NC 212):

2 miles
DIFFICULT
2.3 miles
DIFFICULT
4.5 miles
DIFFICULT
2.3 miles
MOST DIFFICULT

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