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Parks and nature in Madison County

Top parks

Park
“I haven’t been here yet but recent guests said it was a great place to hike for scenic views! ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Premise
“Whether you want a stunningly beautiful drive, OR Hike, you'll find that here. Also have a few great swimming holes if your brave enough to get in!!! We swim here about twice a year, we call it our fountain of youth because the water is so clean and fresh and full of minerals that you wouldn't get elsewhere. :)”
  • 5 locals recommend
Park
“Enjoy the feeling of one with nature on this secluded, steep, mountain hike. Great views! Be sure to check out the cute and quirky town of hot springs! ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Park
“Max Patch has incredible views! Dirt road and inclined walking, but both are worth the amazing mountain and grassy views.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Park
“Take a run or a leisurely stroll around the lake using the 0.61 mile walking trail. There are picnic shelters grills, exercise equipment, and a playground for the children. Catch and release fishing is acceptable with a current North Carolina Fishing License (which can be easily purchased at Walmart).”
  • 9 locals recommend
Park
“Paint Rock is only a 20 minute drive from the Red Bridge Cottage, and it is gorgeous drive right along the banks of the French Broad River too. There are several great swimming holes, water falls, picnic spots, hiking and mountain biking trails. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Mountain
“Advance reservations required to guarantee space Think of a ski slope, but in the summer and on a bike. This gravity-specific bike park features over 1000 vertical feet of elevation with 15 downhill and flow trails. This is for an advanced or intermediate mountain biker. If you are an adrenaline junkie, this is quite the rush. Wear long pants and long sleeve shirts. You can rent bikes and safety gear from here and even request a guide which if you or members of your group have not been down hilling before, I would suggest! ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Park
“A park along the French Broad River, where you can Kayak, Tube, or just take a short walk. Perfect if you want to take a break from Downtown.”
  • 4 locals recommend

Trails

Trail
“(22.3mi) The 1.23 mi moderate hike is full of adventure with forest trails, easy rocky paths, boulder sites, and very nice photo-ops. Follow the trail to the left along the creek. Be sure to look up. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Trail
“Because… nature is better than therapy. Go back in time in the sweet little town of Hot Springs & bring your backpack! An excellent trailhead to the AT is here in the town. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
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