Things to do in Madison County
Things to Do
Hot Springs Hand Made Market
If you are hear during the warmer months, there is a wonderful market in Hot Springs. There are occasional markets in the winter. Just check the facebook page. There are lots of delicious items and great handmade items
Restaurants in Hot Springs
From casual to fine dining, Hot Springs has it all!
Iron Horse Station
Casual fare and drinks in a lovely historic downtown Hot Springs location. Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week with a tavern, coffeehouse, local artisans, wines, antiques, large screen TV, and FREE Wi-fi. This is a Tom and Rebecca Favorite!
Off of Main Street in Hot Springs
Smokey Mountain Diner
Family Diner with breakfast, lunch, and early dinner. Food is excellent. This is a favorite for locals and hikers. Another favorite of Tom and Rebecca. Open year round, but get there early as they close at 7PM. They have the best biscuits in town!
Hwy 209, Hot Springs
The Mountain Magnolia
Fine dining. Superbly romantic setting. Magnificent food. Dinner only. Please call for current hours and reservations and directions as this restaurant is not on main street.
204 Lawson St, Hot Springs
Bluff Mountain Outfitters
Located in downtown Hot Springs, the is a great resource for all who love the outdoors. The store is filled with maps, hiking supplies, fun toys, great bumper stickers, trail food and natural foods and teas. The folks who work in the there are very helpful and can help to answer any hiking or river trekking questions you might have.
French Broad Adventures
For outdoor adventures of all kinds, ziplining, rafting, or canyoneering, check out French Broad Adventures. They are located between Hot Springs and Marshall on Hwy 25/70. They are about a 45 minute drive from us. Our guests who have visitedwith them have left good reviews.
Blue Heron Whitewater
This rafting company is located in Marshall, NC which is about a 45 minute drive from us. They offer guided and unguided tours and a wide variety of raft rentals. The French Broad River winds its way through Hot Springs and through some of the most spectacular scenery imaginable. Our guests who have tried rafting speak of the thrill, excitement and beauty they experienced. If you are unfamiliar with river rafting,it is always best to go with an good guide.
Hot Springs Rafting Company
Locally owned and operated, this rafting company provides guided and unguided trips from downtown Hot Springs. These folks know the river and can help you plan the perfect trip. This is the closest rafting company to our cabins, only 13 miles away.
Sandy Bottom Trail Rides
There is nothing like seeing the beautiful mountain meadows from the back of a horse. We have taken rides with this company and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. They have several ride packages. We loved the ride to the ruby mine where you get to collect your own gemstones.
Azule is a non profit artist's retreat center that is about 15 minutes from our place. Rebecca sits on the board, so if you are interested in a tour or a visit, please talk with her. It is a unique architectural art project that has been in creation for over 40 years. It is made primarily with recycled materials.
Laurel River Store
This little country store is located on 25/70 on the way out of Hot Springs heading toward Marshall. It is located on the Laurel River which has a wonderful trail that follows the river down to where it meets the French Broad. It is a 3.5 mile one way, in and out, relatively easy hike. The store has coffee, snacks and local art. Stop in and visit with Jemima. She can tell you all about the river conditions and fishing
About an hour drive through the beautiful blue ridge mountains, is the incredibly elegant mansion of the Vanderbilt family. Visitors come from all over the world to view this incredible estate. The mansion and the grounds are very impressive.
Great Smoky Mountain National Park
This park straddles the ridges of the NC and Tenn Border. It offers endless drives and hiking. Our favorite place to visit is Big Creek. If you want a driving adventure, you can access it by traveling dirt roads from our area, over the ridge. It has one of our favorite swimming holes, midnight hole.
Cataloochee Wildlife Area
Cataloochee is one of our favorite places and offers a beautiful drive through the mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains. Surrounded by peaks of up to 6000 feet, this pristine valley offers one a chance to visit a town just as it was in the 1930's. There is also an incredible herd of Elk. We have seen Elk up close and personal and also bear in this beautiful setting. You can drive through this park but you can also hike to different areas of the old town that are not accessible by road.
Cataloochee Ski Area
If you want to hit the slopes or try out some tubing, this ski area is located about an hour's drive from us. Of course, if you want to sled or tube, we have great hills right here. We have extra sleds if you want to use them. Rebecca love's to ride her sled all the way from her house to the cabins. It's about 1/2 mile.
Great Smoky Mountain Railroad
Ride a train through the mountains as in days of old. This railway is located in Bryson City. It is a bit of a drive, but worth it. The drive is beautiful and takes you across the mountains. It is a good day trip. You can even combine your train ride with a rafting trip. You ride the train up and raft down. It's lots of fun.