Madison County

Madison County, rooted in the Appalachian Mountains, features dense forestry, yet is still just 20 minutes outside of Asheville. The city of Marshall holds the county seat, where you can find everything from art galleries to gift shops and a farmer's market, held every Sunday in the Historic Downtown area. Madison County is home to more than 55,000 acres of National Forest, with a plethora of outdoor adventures to get your hands on, whether you prefer a faster-paced white water rafting trip down the French Broad River, a modest hike along the Appalachian Trail in the Pisgah National Forest, a leisurely horseback ride, or maybe an unwinding dip in the Hot Springs. The regular craftsmanship shows and music festivals alongside the open air view guarantee a fit for each individual's taste.

Key Features

Marshall: Nestled along the French Broad River, Marshall is known for its Historic Downtown. Here you will find art galleries, local restaurants, and a farmer's market every Sunday afternoon. There is no shortage of history and outdoor recreation.

Mars Hill: Only 11 miles from the Tennessee border, Mars Hill is known for its affluent crafts and musical heritage. You can enjoy festivals commemorating crafts, art, and music or take advantage of the hiking and other outdoor activities with close proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail.

Nest Picks

Blannahassett Island

Located in the French Broad River in the town of Marshall, this unique island features a town park that is picturesque for picnics, a leisurely stroll, or even disc golf!

The Farmers Hands

The ultimate farm to table dining experience in Mars Hill. Soak up the beauty of this two-acre property with its well-considered landscaping, the presence of farm life, and the backdrop of a timeless 150-year-old farmhouse, all while you enjoy a carefully crafted farm to table meal.

Rocky Bluff Campground

Very nice car-camping campground with really great hiking all around the area. Don't forget to go to Laurel and Moody Falls just down the road from the campground. Both are very easy hikes and are worth the time and effort.

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