Road Trip to Madison County

With thousands of beautiful acres of land, scenic hiking trails, unique shops, restaurants, exquisite lodging options, several wineries, breweries, cideries and rich history, Madison County is truly a special place to “ride, hike, taste, stay and shop.” Madison is known for Clore Furniture, Bavarian Chef, Plow and Hearth, Graves Mountain Farm and Lodges and so much more!

Explore a few of the 33,000 acres of the ShenandExplore a few of the 33,000 acres of the Shenandoah National Park in Madison, where you’ll find popular hiking trails, such as Old Rag (named in the top 25 hikes in the world) and the gorgeous White Oak Canyon Falls. You’ll also find the first Summer White House.

Fishing is a popular activity in Madison County due to its close proximity to multiple rivers and ponds. Rose River Farm is a gorgeous setting where you can book a rod and stay in a luxurious yurt. But that’s not the only outdoor activity that draws people to Madison. Take part in local traditions such as apple picking in the fall, with over 27 different varieties of apples, or take a moonlight hayride at Graves Mountain Lodge. 

guys family fishing

A great way to experience the outdoors is by “tasting” it, too. Bald Top Brewing Co., where history meets hops along with wood-fired pizza, is Virginia’s first Historic Farm Brewery. Madison County produces quality wines known both nationally and internationally. Madison is host to the one of the oldest and greatest, Prince Michel, and now also the home of Tap 29, a fantastic brewery. DuCard, the first solar-powered winery in Virginia; and Early Mountain Vineyards, voted the #1 tasting room in America by USA Today; Revalation Vineyards, offering a panoramic view of the Hebron Valley; and Blue Quartz Winery along with Shotwell Run Brewing.  Each destination offers a unique experience that you’ll enjoy all the way down to the last sip. 

For more delicious beverages and eats, stop by one of the local restaurants and food trucks in the area for a fine dining experience or have a casual lunch at a local hang out spot offering tasty, fresh food that will satisfy everyone. Madison is known for many festivals such as the Festival of Music and Apple Harvest Festival at Graves Mountain Lodge, and the annual Taste of the Mountains Festival featuring history, artwork, music and good food every Saturday before Labor Day. Many events happen at Hoover Ridge including the annual Hops Festival, movie nights and Wine and Wool Festival. Our wineries and breweries offer great events every weekend.

After some delicious eats, be sure to browse the local shops where you will find handcrafted early American furniture and accessories for both indoor and outdoor living spaces, yard and garden supplies, local goods, footwear, fashionable apparel and much more. 

Whether you make yourself at home in a cozy cabin, treat yourself at a bed and breakfast or even step inside a luxurious Yurt for the night, you won’t be disappointed with your stay in Madison County. Madison is a spectacular wedding destination as well, so check out our website MadisonVA.com or come see us at the Madison County Visitor Center, 110 N Main St., Madison, VA, 22727.