Madison County is located roughly 30 miles south of Johnson City, Tennessee, and 15 miles north of Asheville, North Carolina. The county is about 449 square miles in size and caters to a population of 20,000 and consists of 3 main towns; Mars Hill, Marshall and Hot Springs.
Rugged recreation abounds in Madison County, which contains more than 50,000 acres of national forest and waterways. The Pisgah National Forest, for example, stretches out over a majority of the mountainous areas in north and central west North Carolina. The area surrounding Mt. Pisgah and the Blue Ridge Parkway features scenic waterfalls and plenty of secluded spots to explore via hiking and camping. There is also the Cherokee National Forest, which runs from Chattanooga to Bristol. The Cherokeeís impressive mountain peaks and feisty rivers and streams tend to attract the adventurous at heart.
Whitewater rafting in the Cherokee National Forest is one of the regionís most popular activities. But locals can also be found passing the time skiing, golfing, fishing, swimming, kayaking, hunting, and horseback riding.
Despite the countyís serene, rural personality, Madison residents have access to the amenities they need, including local healthcare facilities, educational institutions, transportation hubs and major shopping areas. Healthcare is provided by Hot Springs Health Program, which operates four local medical centers. In an emergency, ambulance and helicopter transportation is available; the countyís three ambulance hubs are complemented by the helicopter link that can transport residents to Mission Hospitals in Asheville in less than 10 minutes.
Public education is managed by progressive, student-focused Madison County Schools. The district is comprised of one high school, one junior high and four elementary campuses, all of which are Southern Association Accredited. Roughly 2,600 students benefit from the districtís high quality facilities and commitment to continuous improvement.
After high school, students may stay local by attending either Mars Hill College or Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College - Marshall Campus. Mars Hill College is a private liberal arts school that has offered quality higher education programs and degrees since 1856.
Several major roadways are accessible from Madison County, including Interstates 26, 40 and 81. Residents are therefore within a half-hourís drive to the Asheville Regional Airport and several large retail shopping centers.
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