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 be…easy living with a song in the air.
The billboard (on Interstate 40 coming from the east into Asheville) is a photo taken at Max Patch Bald which is a wonderful illustration of how free the feeling can be when enjoying the fresh air and absence of crowds here in the country.
Madison County on the Blue Ridge Music Trails
Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership and the North Carolina Arts Council has reissued The Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina book. The trails are designed to promote the rich traditional music heritage of western North Carolina. Marshall in Madison County (one of twenty-nine counties on the trails) is the geographic epicenter of the Trails. Two of the stops on the trails in Marshall are Zuma Coffee where there is a free bluegrass jam every Thursday evening and The Depot where traditional musicians play every Friday night. Find other places and events in Madison County that are featured in the Trails.
Upcoming Events in Madison County, NC
Listen to a recording of “Madison County Days” from wART Radio on June 19, 2015
Or download Visit Madison County FREE mobile app to find all there is to do here………..
100 Ways to “Play with Us”
Each year the “Make Madison Memories” Tourism Guide of the News Record and Sentinel, includes the same list of 100 ways to spend your time in Madison County that we 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 is the new community-based streaming radio station made possible by the Madison County Arts Council in Marshall. It offers a growing number of local programs. To learn about what Madison County has to offer, log on or tune in at 95.5FM to Madison County Days which airs on Fridays at 2pm and repeats for several days after that. 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 or interviews with the traditional music with Kriss Sands (9am on Saturday) which also has encore airings. Tim Malone and Tony Viele offer some fun interviews on Thursday at 9am and Friday at 9am. Other programs of interest to locals are also available and, of course, hours of a great variety of music. To listen anytime, click here for the link on the Madison County Arts site. The program schedule is available on their facebook site. 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.
Art on the Island— Saturday, September 24
Just across the river from downtown Marshall, you will find food and craft vendors on Blannahassett Island from 10am to 4pm. A beautiful setting among the trees, picnic tables, and walking paths offers food (from Sweet Monkey & BBQ from the Presbyterian Church) as well as music from the portable stage all throughout the day. Sol Rhythms, Scottie Parker are just a few. And, the Junior Appalachian Musicians will be there, too. Get an early start on your Holiday shopping with selections from local artists. Free and family friendly.
Heritage Festival— Saturday, October 1
The Annual Heritage Festival transforms the Main Street of the town of Mars Hill every year on the first Saturday of October. Locally produced products are mixed with vendors offering a wide selection of arts and crafts. Food booths, always popular, will offer an array of lunch selections. Baked goods, candy and drinks are also available. And, walk over to the MHU campus Quad for the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival to enjoy local musicians who will perform all day. Traditional culture and demonstrations also dot the area.