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Our property is actually an old Cherokee campground. Indian arrowheads have been found here for years. You are welcome to keep what you find. Below are some local activity suggestions, just a small taste of what our area offers. Asheville, Hot Springs and Marshall, NC area have blossomed into an incredibly diverse and fun place to visit and vacation. You will never run out of things to do here. Welcome  to the mountains of Western North Carolina!

Fly Fishing at Cabins of Madison County

Cabins of Madison County is set right on the banks of Shelton Laurel River, premier fly fishing stream! You can fly fish just few feet from your cabin's front porch. If you don't have a fishing license C&H Fishing Supplies few minutes away in Hot Springs, NC will set you up with one. Cindy and Harold (828) 622-3205. Of course they also have all your fishing gear along with bait & tackle as well.

                          You can fly fish for trout in a stocked trout stream just a few steps from your North Carolina Mountain Cabin.

The Hot Springs Resort and Spa

The Hot Springs Resort and Spa - The most unique "spa" in US and the only natural mineral baths in North Carolina! Top massage therapists on staff. Call ahead to book a natural mineral bath, body treatment, hot stone massage, or Swedish massage. Book your own private riverside tub for an hour or two of indulgent relaxation. (You can also bring a bottle of champagne and cheese & crackers - or pick up your provisions on the way in at "The Camp Store". Tel. 828-622-7676.

The Biltmore Estate

The Biltmore Estate  - Please visit their website for all the info! The Deerpark Restaurant on Biltmore Estate offers a lovely Sunday Brunch. Make sure to allow enough time to see the house (amazing!), the gardens, and the winery also! They have free with tastings at the winery. The Biltmore estate is in south Asheville, take Exit 50 off I-40. The trip from Cabins of Madison County is about an hour one way. 828-225-1333.

                                                                                                      The Biltmore Estate

Hot Springs Restaurants
Hot Springs Restaurants - We are 15 minutes from Downtown Hot Sprigns!  This link will give you a complete list of restaurants, all within walking distance from each other. You can have breakfast downtown, go on a Whitewater Rafting adventure, or do a day hike on the Appallachian Trail which runs through downtown Hot Springs NC, and be back for lunch or dinner!

Asheville - Beer City USA
Asheville - Beer City USA  - Visit Asheville for it's amazing selection of restaurants and microbreweries. Voted Beer City USA!

Best Hikes in our area
Hiking in Hot Springs area - These are the best choices for hikes in our area, some are within few minutes drive from our property. Shelton Laurel Back Country (last hike on the list) is about a mile from us. This trail is graveled and well maintained, we had fun.

Hiking and Biking Map
Hiking and Biking map of Madison County - This is a comprehensive map, you can zoom in and out. It shows the Appalachian Trail which has two access points close to Cabins of Madison County.

Recreation & Motorcycle Routes
Recreation & Motorcycle Routes - All your biking and recreation routes around Madison County, NC.

Shady Side Florist - Honeymooners, don't forget to order your flowers! Shady Side Florist is locally located in Marshall. They will deliver to the Cabins of Madison County. Contact them directly at 828-649-3343, or toll free 800-310-3343. Check for discounts on their website.

Maggie Valley Ski Cataloochee  -  Call for information: 800-768-3588.   

Ski Wolf Laurel  -  Call for information toll free: 800-817-4111.

                                                      Skiing at Wolf Laurel Ski Resort  and  Cataloochee Ski area in Maggie Valley.

White Water Rafting
The first four places are very close to each other on 25/70. All the owners are super friendly professional and very helpful. You will have an awesome time!

Blue Heron Whitewater Rafting - This outfit just moved to a new location on the corner of 25/70 & Little Pine. Very nice facility plus a gift shop!

Mountain Adventure Guides - 1-866-USA-RAFT. Located on 25/70 just after you pass Marshall.

Nantahalla Outdoor Center - 1-888-905-7238   Great rafting outfit and a very nice facility! They have a Rafting Guide School also.

French Broad Rafting Expeditions - Located at 9800 Highway 25/70 Marshall, NC 28753 1-800-570-RAFT (7238)
If you're coming to us from Asheville or Charlotte you'll be passing this location.

Outdoor Rafting Adventures - 1-800-333-RAFT

Huck Finn River Rafting -  Located next door to Bluff Mountain Outfitters Right downtown Hot Springs, NC. Great people and great  times. Call ahead to book your trip. Open 7 days a week, April 1 through October 31. Call 877-520-4658 or 828-622-9645.

                                                                             White Water Rafting on the French Broad River

Horseback Riding and Llama Trekking
Sandy Bottom Trail Rides  - Located near the town of Marshall NC, this outfit has their own garnet stream. And the views are some of the best in Madison County! They're open year round, weather permitting. You will love the experience!  Call them toll free at 800-959-3513.

Wolf Laurel Stables - They offer some of the most scenic, guided horseback trail and wagon rides in the Asheville North Carolina area. Located on the East side of I-26. 828-678-9370.

The Biltmore Estate - The Biltmore also offers one hour trail rides and carriage rides with a regular estate admission ticket. Riding the Biltmore grounds is fantastic, but these rides are extremely supervised, nose to tail only. They are open year round, depending on the weather. 800-624-1575.

Hot Air Balloon Rides

North Carolina Balloons - Call them at 1-800-260-2028. They launch from Canton, NC, about an hour and 15 minutes from Cabins of Madison County

Hiking in Western North Carolina
At the top of this page we provide a link to all the Hot Springs, NC area hiking information, here it is again. Below is from our own experience!
Appalachian Trail - The public access to the trail is at the end of Gorenflo Gap Rd. From the town of Hot Springs go South on hwy 209 for about 6.5 miles, turn right on Gorenflo Gap Road. Go 1.5 miles to the end of the Gorenflo Gap Road. AT access is right there at the end of the road.

                                                                                                      Hiking at Max Patch

Shelton Laurel Back Country - This is gorgeous trail, and it's also the closest trail to us. Just 2-3 minutes up the road. We hiked it and had a blast! You walk along a beautiful and very picturesque mountain stream. Easy slight rise as you go in, coming back is even easier, downhill. Great romantic stroll in the woods =). From Cabins of Madison County, left on hwy 212, go 1.5 miles to NC 1310 (also Hickey Fork Road). Make a left and go 1 mile until you see a small parking area on your right. 

Laurel River Trail - 3.6 miles long. Begins near the at hwy 208 and 25/70 on a dirt road that turns into the trail. You'll be passing that corner on your way to Cabins of Madison County if you're coming up from Marshall and the South. It's a single track along an old railroad grade to the ghost town of Runion, where the Laurel River runs into the French Broad River. Easy hiking and a popular trail along the river.

Ridge Loop Trail
1.3 mile loop. A moderate loop that climbs through a pine forest for a bird's-eye view of the French Broad River and the surrounding valley.  The trail begins across from the Murray Branch Picnic Area.

                    You might make a few friends along your hiking journey in Western North Carolina Mountains.

 Branch Picnic Area - The Murray Branch Recreation Area is located 6 miles from Hot Springs down the French Broad River. The area offers picnicking, fishing, and canoe access to the river. Facilities at Murray Branch, under the shade of pine trees, include picnic tables, grills, restrooms, water, and two picnic shelters for larger parties.

Jack Branch Trail - This is a steep, difficult trail that goes up to 2900 feet. There are good views of Hot Springs and the French Broad River. The trail begins on The River Ridge Loop crosses The Polecat Hollow Road and ends up at The Shad Road.

Rocky Bluff Campground and Hiking Trails - Located about 3 miles south of Hot Springs, Rocky Bluff has a beautiful walking trail which follows Spring Creek, as well as the Vann Cliff trail. Look out for signs of beaver activity.

Dupont State Forest - Located South of Asheville, NC this is a gorgeous forest with a lot of trails for mountain biking and hiking. Also there are waterfalls that can be accessed from the loop trail.

US Forest Service -  (Pisgah National Forest - Appalachian Ranger District). PO Box 128, Hot Springs, NC 28743.  Tel. (828) 622-3202

Max Patch Bald - Amazing hike! If you only have time for one, do this one.
You'll be hiking at elevation of 4692 feet.  From Hot Springs take hwy 209 to right on Meadow Fork Road, right on Little Creek, and right onto Max Patch Road. Unbelievable panoramic 360 views just half mile from parking lot. Lots of wildflowers along the trail during the warmer months.
Max Patch can also be a starting point for the Appalachian Trail North towards Hot Springs or South towards the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.                                     

Mountain Biking

Bluff Mountain Outfitters
- Great place, two floors of outdoor gear with good prices! They even have a pinball machine! Here you can also get information about mountain biking trails and shuttle services. 828-622-7162.

             Mountain bike your way! At Cabins of Madison County we have level, motorcycle friendly access!

Fishing Supplies and Licenses

C&H Fishing Supplies  -  Located in Hot Springs you can get your fishing licenses and the bait & tackle you need to fish in the area. They can also guide you to the best fishing spots! Call Cindy and Harold at 828-622-3205.

Restaurants our guests loved!

There is such an amazing selection of restaurants in the area that it's impossible to list them all. These are some of our and our guests' local favorites located in Hot Springs, Marshall and Asheville.

Click on this link for an overall list of Hot Springs NC Restaurants 

The Iron Horse Station  - This place is Brand New! Casual fare and drinks, located in the lovely historic downtown Hot Springs. Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week with a tavern, coffeehouse, antiques, local artisans, big screen TV and FREE Wi-fi. 828-622-0022.

The Mountain Magnolia  - Very romantic setting and amazing food. Great fillet mignon. Open for dinner only. Please call for hours. 828-622-3543.

Rock Bottom  -  Located right on a creek with a pretty terrace, this place is a local favorite. Great beer and wine selection and casual food. Always a lively and interesting place. Open Noon till late night 7 days a week. 828-622-0001.

Sweet Imaginations Ice Cream Cafe  - Great lunch, snacks and dinner choices. Must try their desserts! Call for hours. 828-622-7522.

The Camp Store  - Located across from The Hot Springs Spa, great selection of beer and wine. Pick up some champagne to enjoy during the soak in the hot tubs!!! 828-622-7267.

The Smoky Mountain Diner - Breakfast, lunch, and early dinner. Good country fried steak or chicken caesar salad. Open 365 days, but try to get in early, they close by 7PM. 828-622-7571. We included the overall restaurant list on this link, you'll see their information if you scroll down.

Asiana Grand Buffet
  - This place has an amazing selection of Sushi and Chinese food. Endless buffet including Sushi. Been there several times and loved it.

Grits Country Cafe  - Located on hwy 209 in the old school with stone walls on 209. It's now the Spring Creek Community center. It's about 13 miles south of Hot Springs. Very scentic ride! 828-622-3777.

Spring Creek Cafe  - At the corner of 209 and 63 about 15 miles south of Hot Springs, The Spring Creek Cafe has reopened with a diverse menu and long hours. Next door there's a Trust General Store the features a nice grocery store, fishing supplies and gas. This is a bit of a ride 30-40 minutes from Cabins of Madison County, but it's a very beautiful ride with scenic overlooks along 209.  828-622-7400.

CiCi's Pizza - Cheap, quick, and hot all-you-can-eat pizza across the street from the Asheville Mall. 148 S. Tunnel Road Asheville, NC. 828-298-0010.

Salsa's  -  Exquisite novel Mexican food. 6 Patton Ave. - Downtown Asheville. 828-252-9805.

Zuma Coffee Shop  - Located in the middle of Historic Downtown Marshall NC, this place has become somewhat of a "town center", and is known as "Marshall's meeting place". Ours and local's favorite too. Good coffee and great lunches! Free Wifi. 828-622-1617.

Mellow Mushroom  - Amazingly unique tasting pizza and hoagies menu. Huge selection of beer and ales from local micro breweries. Very cool atmosphere!

Fiore's - Terrific Tuscan Italian quisine, love it!


Whatever you're in the mood for, Asheville North Carolina restaurants feature cuisine from all corners of the world. From simple to elegant, you'll find it here!                                      

Downtown Asheville Art Galleries
Asheville Downtown Art Galleries - Explore the many Art galleries in downtown Asheville.

Don't miss the dozens of Asheville Art Galleries. All accessible on a single walking tour! This will really take more than one trip to Downtown Asheville, NC. We compiled their websites below for you to browse, as well as the map of Downtown Asheville indicating the locations of each gallery. You are bound to get hungry on your gallery tour, but no worries, you are surrounded by restaurants serving virtually any type quisine, from casual to 5 star. You won't go hungry touring Downtown Asheville, NC.

Asheville Trolley Tours  - Terrific way to discover Asheville as the trolley tours you through Montford, Downtown Asheville, Biltmore Village, and The Grove Park Inn. You can get on and off as you like, so go early. 828-681-8585.

The Grove Park Inn - Huge old stone hotel that features a world class restaurant and spa, golf, and beautiful views over Asheville. 800-438-5800.

The North Carolina Arboretum - Beautiful botanical gardens with miles of hiking trails along Bent Creek. Free admission with a small parking fee. 828-665-2492.

Arts & Crafts homes of Montford - A historic neighborhood in Asheville.


The slogan "Keeping Asheville Weird" is a full time occupation for the multitude of colorful characters calling Asheville home and making it such a wonderful hub of creative energy. With world class nightclubs featuring local and national acts, theaters, amazing selection of restaurants bars and micro breweries, you are guaranteed to have an unforgettable time here! Asheville is true to it's claim of being the "San Francisco of the South"! Welcome and enjoy!

                                      The spa at The Grove Park Inn.                                                                   The Grove Park Inn

Guides to Asheville area tourism.

Any of the links below will give you lots of information to the huge variety of entertainment opportunities in the Asheville area. From amazing selection of restaurants to art galleries to theater to night life, bars, clubs, coffee shops, microbreweries and much much more! Explore!!!

Explore Asheville         A Look at Asheville publication      Visit Madison County
Also visit for
information about our quaint little mountain town of Hot Springs NC!

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