The mountain towns of Madison County, NC

Published Oct. 30, 2022

The mountains of western North Carolina are home to many quaint and enchanting towns that are perfect for vacationers looking to get their fix of Appalachia. Explorers coming to Madison County are fortunate enough to have three exceptionally charming towns to choose from, each with a distinct flavor and culture in the surrounding Asheville region. Learn more about the towns of Madison County below!

Mars Hill

Located just 20 minutes north of Asheville off of the I-26, Mars Hill is a small and convenient town with an array of excellent restaurants, hikes, galleries, shops and more!

The fantastic Mars Hill University anchors the town and is frequently hosting an assortment of sporting events, conferences and performances for the public to enjoy.

Further still, just north of the town of Mars Hill is the popular Wolf Ridge Ski Resort as well as the Wolf Laurel Country Club where you can enjoy a scenic round of golf or some excellent skiing and tubing.

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Marshall is a gorgeous riverside town that has a bustling downtown scene full of shops, restaurants and art. Walking down main street you’ll regularly hear live music performing, the clinking of drinks and the laughing of patrons.

There are a number of popular festivals and events that return to Marshall every year including the Mermaid Parade, Art on the Island and the Handmade Market. Plan your next visit to the town of Marshall!

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Hot Springs

The town of Hot Springs is special for several reasons. First, it’s one of only a few towns in the U.S. that is located directly on the Appalachian Trail. If you’re walking on Main Street, you’re also on the famous trail! Additionally, there are a number of fantastic hikes near Hot Springs that are perfect for getting your fix of nature.

Better still, I bet you can guess why the town is called Hot Springs? That’s right! Take a dip in the natural hot springs and feel the healing, mineral waters rejuvenate your body as you enjoy a long soak.

With an abundance of restaurants and cabin rental opportunities near by, you’ll love a nice relaxing stay or visit to the town of Hot Springs, NC.

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