Hiking the Laurel River Trail

Located just minutes from the Marshall House Inn is the Laurel River trail which is one of our favorite hikes. Approx 4 miles long this one way out and back hike was built on an old railroad grade and follows the picturesque Laurel River till it empties into the French Broad River. Great for families, this is an easy level hike with beautiful scenery.

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The river offers many spots to cool off in the water or to tube. Be sure to watch for the wildlife including Blue Herons, beavers and maybe even a bear. Spring time brings a bevy of flowering wildflowers making the hike even more colorful.

A little over 3 miles into the hike you'll see the remnants of Runion which was a logging community long since abandoned. At the end of the trail you'll reach the point at which the Laurel River empties into the mighty French Broad River. 

You can grab a cold drink, snack or ice cream at the quirky Laurel River store located just up the road from the parking lot. We also enjoy packing a lunch and stopping to eat on a boulder in the river.

Railfans will appreciate the caboose and passenger car that are located to left on the hill at the start of the trail. These cars are standard gauge so have nothing to do with the narrow gauge railroad which once ran here but make a pretty neat getaway.

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Directions To the Trail Head

Turn left at the end of the Marshall House Inn drive onto Hill Street, then turn right at the bottom of the hill onto Main Street. Stay on Main St till it ends at Highway 25/70 and turn left. Stay on the highway for approx 9 miles and you'll see a long gravel parking lot on the left side of the road at the bottom of a hill just prior to a left turn onto NC 208 towards the town of Hot Springs. Park in the lot and the trail head is at the left side of the parking lot.

Art on the Island event on Saturday Sept 30th

Come visit Marshall on Saturday Sept 30th for "Art On the Island". Starting at 10 am this family friendly event features great art from local artists, music, food and more on beautiful Blannahasset Island in the middle of the French Broad River.


Sponsored by the Madison County Arts Council. More info at http://madisoncountyarts.com/events/art-on-the-island-2017-2/

Stay with us and visit the Potters of Madison County show on April 8th, 2017

Come visit us the weekend of April 8th and visit the Potters of Madison county Potters Market on Saturday April 8th from 9-4 at the High School on the island, just a short walk from the Inn.

Madison county has an incredible group of talented potters whos work will be for sale. They will also have works from several invited potters from North Carolina and across the area.

Be sure to check out their website at www.pottersofmadisoncounty.com for more information about the artists and their work.

Book soon, we only have a few rooms left for this weekend.

Order a gift certificate for the Marshall House Inn

The holidays are upon us and so is the stress of deciding what gift to give your loved ones. Instead of giving some trinket that will soon be forgotten, how about giving the gift of an experience at the Marshall House Inn and western North Carolina. Imagine the memories they will have of rafting on the French Broad river, zip lining in the forest, horse back riding, hiking or visiting Asheville. Perhaps they have always wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail. All these things and more are located just minutes from the Marshall House Inn.

You can give the gift of a memorable experience by ordering a gift certificate online using your credit card. The gift certificate can then be printed or emailed to your special someone.

Click here to order your gift certificate now.

Marshall Handmade Market on Saturday November 19th - 10 till 5

The Marshall Handmade market is an incredible showcase of local artistic talent and best of all you can purchase the works you see. This year looks like an incredible selection of local  and regional artists including potters, painters, woodworkers, mixed media, bakers, jewelers, fiber artists, broom makers and more. With the holidays just around the corner what a great place to find unique gifts for those special persons in your life and help support our local makers.

Be sure to check out their website at marshallhandmade.com. And of course the island is just a short walk from the Marshall House Inn. So come stay with us and see all the cool items for sale on Saturday.


Art on the Island event on Saturday September 24th

Saturday the 24th of September from 10-5  is "Art on the Island" sponsored by the Madison County Arts Council. A great day of local art, food and live music. Stay with us and you can walk right over to the island and enjoy the festivities, what a great way to spend a weekend.