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Recreation, culture and history abound in the Western North Carolina county of Madison. In the winter you can ski, snowboard or tube at the ski slopes. In Marshall, the county seat, walk down historic Main Street or go to the Depot for traditional music and dancing on Friday nights. You'll want to attend the annual Lunsford Music Festival, held the first weekend of October and named for Bascom Lamar Lunsford, the father of folk music who was born right here in Madison.
The woods outside District 12 are beautifully represented in The Hunger Games movie and were filmed on property here in Madison County. Film crews and stars of the movie found the same serenity and escape that Katniss and Gale did when they hunted on the other side of the fence. Visit the town of Hot Springs, an outdoor enthusiasts paradise, with the Appalachian Trail, whitewater rafting and canoeing on the French Broad River. Then relax in North Carolina's only hot mineral baths.
In Mars Hill, stop in at the Rural Life Museum on the Mars Hill College Campus or take in a play at the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre. Mars Hill College remains true to its tradition of service, learning and leadership which have been hallmarks of the Mars Hill expereince since 1856.
A variety of water activities abound in Madison. Half day or full day white water rafting trips are offered. You can rent a canoe and float easy just below Hot Springs, or cool off in one of the many swimming holes.
Whether you like big adventure, or just beautiful sightseeing, boating, golfing, biking, beach combing, or just visiting lighthouses, antique shops, playhouses, museums and galleries, North Carolina is rich with attractions and amusements
One of the most exhilarating beach vaction spots on the East Coast is NC'S Outer Banks. Vacation rentals from Corolla down past Kitty Hawk and Nags Head and all the way to the former pirate stronghold of Ocracoke Island. You have to do this at least once in your lifetime.
If mountains are more your style then the North Carolina Smoky Mountains offer a value family vacation with hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and scenic drives through the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest. The Blue Ridge Parkway offers many outstanding mountain views and scenic overlooks. You can't go wrong on this one!
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