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.

100 Ways to “Play with Us”

View of the French Broad River from the town of Hot SpringsEach year the local newspaper– The News Record and Sentinel– publishes a Tourism Guide which includes a list of 100 ways to spend your time in Madison County that we also have on our website. 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 community-based radio station made possible by the Madison County Arts Council in Marshall. It offers a growing number of local programs. Log on or tune in at 95.5FM to learn about Madison County. One such program is Madison County Days in which 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 and interviews about traditional music with Kriss Sands which also has encore airings. There are other programs and, of course, hours of a great variety of music. To listen anytime, click here for the link to the wART website to listen to the station streaming or to get the program schedule. 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.

Listen to a recording of “Madison County Days” from wART Radio on June 19, 2015