Hot Springs, N.C.

The Madison County, NC Adventure Guide features info on some of Hot Springs, Marshall, Mars Hill and surrounding area’s best outdoor adventures

French Broad Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Rafting On The French Broad

The French Broad River offers all of the aspects that make for a great day on the river.  The water is warm and the huge boulders and rugged terrain create a spectacular backdrop. The rapids are definitely big enough to satisfy the adventure side of paddling, but they are also playful and fun without being too difficult. The river has a lot of deep pools that...

WNC Camping Spots

French Broad River Camping | Cherokee National Forest

True to its name, the French Broad River winds boldly along the southern edge of this Recreation Zone. In the heart of the zone lies Paint Creek, where fishing, wading and picnicking are popular activities. Water-based opportunities also include driving along scenic Brush Creek or warmwater fishing in Allen Branch or Paint Creek ponds. This area’s wooded...

Madison County NC Adventure Travel Guide

Madison County Outdoor Adventure Guide

   Hike Max Patch: Take in the most beautiful view on the AT in Madison County. On Max Patch, you are at 4,629 feet and, on a clear day, have a 360- degree panoramic view of the Great Smoky Mountains to the south and a glimpse of Mt. Mitchell to the east. If you have encountered crowds when you have visited National Parks, you will be pleasantly...

Paddling Adventures Asheville Brevard Bryson City Boone

Laurel Creek Swimming Holes

The Laurel Creek Trail, located within Pisgah National Forest near Hot Springs, is a moderate hike that traverses a beautiful forest alongside Big Laurel Creek and offers great access to some nice swimming holes. The mostly flat hike winds through the steep river gorge beside the river, which is loaded with Class III+ rapids and makes a great run for experienced...

Best Hiking Trails Asheville, Boone, Brevard Bryson City

Laurel River Hiking Trail

The Laurel River Trail, located within Pisgah National Forest near Hot Springs, is a moderate hike that traverses a beautiful forest alongside Big Laurel Creek. The mostly flat hike has typical Pisgah terrain like rocks and roots as it winds through the steep river gorge beside the boulder-strewn creek that is popular for kayakers in the area as a Class III+ creek...

Family Friendly Adventures Asheville Boone Brevard

Laurel River Family Friendly Trail

Laurel River Family Friendly Trail: Walk Laurel River trail in Hot Springs. For 3.6 miles, the Laurel River trail follows the picturesque stream of the same name, offering families a flat but scenic hike that ends at a ghost town where the Laurel meets the French Broad. The Laurel River Trail, located within Pisgah National Forest near Hot Springs, is a moderate hike...

Ski Wolf Ridge | Asheville Snowboarding + Skiing

About Wolf Ridge: Wolf Ridge has become one of the southeast’s most popular resorts, offering a big mountain experience that’s family friendly and easily accessible. Located just a half hour from downtown Asheville and only five miles from Interstate 26, the resort holds something for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities and skill level. Last season the resort...