TrailFest is scheduled for the weekend of April 22, 2023!  Stay tuned for more details.  

This event is organized by the Madison County Group Home, with support from local businesses, The Friendship Club, and Laughing Heart Hostel.


The Schedule below is a sample of activities from the most recent festival in 2019.

Where better to celebrate the Appalachian Trail than in the town of Hot Springs, NC, where the AT runs through the heart of downtown and crosses one of the oldest rivers in the world–the French Broad River?  Every April since 1995, the town of Hot Springs hosts this annual TrailFest celebration.  Celebrate the outdoors all weekend long, with a speaker Friday night, festivities all day Saturday, and a hearty breakfast on Sunday morning.

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See the 2019 TrailFest Flyer and Schedule below for an idea of the event.