Looking for an easy hike? Or want a challenging workout with an amazing view? Madison County has a range of fantastic hiking trails that are perfect for all abilities.


The Betty Place Trail is a tranquil and quiet hike that takes hikers through rich cove forests and passes tumbling creeks.

The Spring Creek Nature Trail is a beautiful and easy trail that runs along the peaceful Spring Creek.

The Laurel River Trail is a relaxing out-and-back trail that follows the gorgeous Laurel River on an old railroad bed.


Lover’s Leap is a short and popular hike in the Pisgah National Forest that offers breathtaking views of Hot Springs and the French Broad River.

Hickey Fork Falls is a peaceful, out-and-back hike that crosses creeks and takes hikers to a beautiful, veiled waterfall.

Sam’s Gap to High Rock is a hilly and shady hike that boasts a dramatic view at the perch along the Appalachian Trail.

This low-trafficked, 5 mile out-and-back hike on the Appalachian Trail has spectacular 360 degree views of the mountains atop a beautiful firetower.


The hike at Big Firescald Knob is a beautiful and challenging hike that boasts stunning 360 degree views of the Appalachian Mountains and long range views of Tennessee.

Sam’s Gap to Big Bald is a challenging 13 mile out-and-back hike on the Appalachian Trail with amazing 360 degree views at the summit.