ROADTRIP: The Bridges of This Madison County Lead to Everything

By D. Lanier Shook                  August 15, 2018

When going on a roadtrip intelligence is the most important element — and not just because that’s the name of this website. That’s why I felt we should revisit Madison County’s website. Its been six years since I first shared the “100 Things to do in Madison County” and its time to share it again.

Intelligence is essential to life and to travel. You need to know where you’re going, how to get there, and what to do once you get there. That’s why its such a great thing that the local newspaper in Madison County publishes a list of 100 items to do in Madison County. Here’s a few excerpts:

  • Go whitewater rafting on the French Broad River
  • Take in a Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre play
  • Ski or snowboard the slopes at Wolf Ridge
  • Soak in the natural hot mineral springs
  • Walk through our 100-year old Courthouse designed by Richard Sharp Smith, Biltmore House head architect
  • Visit where Cecil Sharp collected ballads in 1916.
  • Practice your shooting skills at Fowler Farms Sporting Clays
  • Celebrate the Appalachian Trail at Trailfest
  • Browse the local craft booths at Art on the Island Festival
  • Walk by the oldest buildings on the Mars Hill University campus—the oldest educational institution in Western
  • North Carolina still on its original site
  • Experience traditional music at the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival
  • Try your hand at finding garnets in the Little Pine Gem Mine
  • Discover petroglyphs on Paint Rock
  • Relive the Skirmish at Warm Springs in a Civil War re-enactment
  • Visit the site of a World War I German Internment Camp
  • Fish for small mouth bass and muskie in the French Broad River
  • Cut a Christmas tree at a local tree farm
  • Marvel at the tiny St Jude’s Chapel in Trust
  • Explore changing exhibits at Mars Hill University Rural Heritage Museum
  • Watch rodeo riders compete at the Marshall Rodeo July 4th weekend
  • Stop by the local newspaper office located in an old railroad car in Marshall
  • Marvel at the carvings on the Broyhill Chapel door (Mars Hill University) which were designed and hand-carved by then-president Dr. Fred Bentley
  • Visit the site of the first 9-hole golf course in North Carolina
  • Follow clues to a geocaching container in the beautiful rural areas of the county
  • Take a class to make a rustic chair

If any of these sound interesting then click here to visit the 100 Things to do in Madison County website where you can find nearly double that many things to do and links to information about them. It is truly an amazing way to share what this amazing county has to offer. As a former resident of Madison County I can testify everything they are bragging about is true.

This is a good place to mention the Madison County Economic Development website. If you’re a business person looking for economic opportunity, someone thinking of relocating, a person looking for a job, or someone looking for a great example of how to run a economic development campaign click here to visit their website. This office is run by the talented Sara Nichols, who I was privileged to meet at the Madison Expo this spring. Madison County is uniquely located between the booming Asheville and Tri-Cities economic hubs. Sara and her office will go out of their way to help potential businesses explore the possiblities Madison County has to offer.

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