3 Ways to cool off in Madison County, NC

Published July 5, 2023

It’s hot! Fortunately, Madison County, North Carolina has a number of ways to cool off this summer. Whether you’re visiting from out of state or you’re a local looking to “beat the heat”, check out our recommendations to cool off in Madison County!

Rafting or tubing on the French Broad River

The French Broad River flows through Madison County and rafters couldn’t ask for a better way to cool off. There are several rafting companies to choose from in Madison County that take adventurers on the beautiful French Broad River and through our scenic Appalachian Mountains. Rafting or tubing is the perfect way to experience nature and is fun for the whole family!

Each company in Madison County has experienced guides that will walk you through every step of the experience. This is a great outing for veterans and beginners, be sure to bring some sunscreen!

Find out more about rafting in Madison County, NC here.

Laurel River Trail

Looking for a mellow way to cool down? One great way to get out of the sun and cool off is to stroll on the amazing Laurel River Trail.

The Laurel River Trail is a fantastic (and flat!) 3.5 mile out-and-back trail that follows the enchanting Laurel River. The trail is almost entirely covered in shade and there are ample opportunities to access the river and dip your feet in the cool water.

A stroll on the Laurel River Trail is an awesome way to spend a warm afternoon in nature.

Find out more about the Laurel River Trail here.

Grab a cold drink

Sometimes the best way to cool off is get out of the heat and get something cold and refreshing in you! Madison County has a number of excellent breweries and restaurants that make getting an ice cold drink easy.

Check out some great spots to grab a drink in our below towns: