Madison County, North Carolina Vacations (NC)

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Home of Mars Hill College

Sometimes we feel that something has been created especially for us. In this case, if you're an outdoor aficionado, Madison County may very well be your own special paradise.

In the Winter months you can go tubing, snowboarding, or skiing on local slopes. If hiking puts a spring in your step, you'll be happy to know that the Appalachian Trail passes from one end of the county to the other, allowing easy accessibility on and off the trail.

Madison County also offers plenty of opportunities for fisherman looking to snag the perfect bass or ever illusive trout. For those seeking a bit more adventure, there's whitewater rafting on the French Broad River, which is one of the oldest rivers in the country. When you're done, skip over to Hot Springs where you can relax in North Carolina's only hot mineral baths. However,

if your idea of exploring is finding a great restaurant, or antique shop then try a walk down historic Main Street in the county seat of Marshall. This excursion may lead to finding that perfect vacation souvenir or even a visit to the Depot for some traditional dancing and music on Friday nights.

Want even more good music? Then you'll want to mark the first weekend in October on your calendar to attend the Lunsford Music Festival. So named for Bascom Lamar Lunsford, who is considered the father of folk music - and was born in Madison County.

Want a glimpse into rural America? Consider a stop in Mars Hill at the Rural Life Museum at Mars Hill College. Small family farms are the backbone of Madison County and are a way of life for these friendly, hardworking people.

For more information on this mountain county, go to the Madison County Chamber of Commerce.