Welcome to Madison County! Located 15 miles north of Asheville, Madison County has been referred to as "Asheville's backyard", and it's easy to see why. Just a 20 minute drive out of the city brings you to a 452 square mile area steeped in natural beauty, 73 percent of the county is forest. The Appalachian Trail, Pisgah National Forest, the natural Hot Springs, French Broad River, Wolf Ridge Ski , are just a few of the highlights. Madison County offers a compelling history and culture, Learn about the amazing past of this region in the Appalachian Mountains. Incredible stories of hardship, innovation, and progress. There's always something to do! Whether you're in the mood for a farmers market, museum, live music, a festival, a quiet hike on the AT, come on!