Marshall, North Carolina, is a small town of less than 1,000 people in Madison County. The town’s rich history centers around its location in proximity to the French Broad River, and makes it the perfect place for a fun vacation filled with learning and education, as well as small-town charm.
Marshall’s visitors can look forward to white water rafting on the French Broad River when they book a session with Blue Heron Whitewater, to an afternoon of horseback riding on the top of a mountain when they book a horseback riding lesson with Smoky Mountain Trail Rides, and to a ziplining adventure feet above the ground with French Broad Rafting and Ziplines. Shopping is another popular activity in Marshall, as the city is home to a variety of great second hand shops and local stores selling unique souvenirs. A few of the most popular stores include Marshall Junk Shop, Covington Pottery, My Sister’s Place, and Ingles Market.
Visitors can enjoy a memorable stay in Marshall when they rent a cozy cabin or pet friendly suite in the heart of the community or on the outskirts, closer to the larger surrounding cities. Many of the rentals have a hot tub, while others are better suited for those looking for a taste of the simple life, boasting a cozy fire place and full porch. All of the rentals, however, are equipped with wireless internet and spacious living areas.
The best time to visit Marshall is between June and late September when the weather is warmest and ideal for outdoor activities.
Marshall prides itself on offering a wide array of fun events for its residents and their guests. Marshall Gras, the Mermaids In Marshall Parade & Festival, Jingle Mingle, and the Earth Day Cleanup are a few of the most well-known events. The Mermaids in Marshall Parade & Festival features a seafood cook off, live music and entertainment, a kids splash island complete with water slides and mermaid story time, and of course -- the parade, which encourages watchers to dress up and features a variety of creative, mermaid and sea themed floats. Afterwards, there are after parties that take the event well into the morning hours.
For a healthy dose of family-friendly fun, guests can visit the Little Pine Gem Mine where they can experience gem mining the way settlers from hundreds of years ago did by taking a tour either on horseback or by wagon, hike the trails of the Blue Ridge Mountains, or spend the day at Farmony’s Safari Edventure. Farmony’s offers u-close encounters with a variety of friendly animals such as sloths, lemurs, kangaroos, and domesticated wolves that love to play.