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Families gather to dive deep into the crystalline blue adventure and fun of Madison Blue Spring, the magnificent first magnitude spring named “Best Swimming Hole in America” by USA Today.

The inspiring Four Freedoms Monument holds pride of place in a county that has more historical markers than any other Florida county. Commissioned by President Franklin Roosevelt, the Monument is dedicated to Madison resident Colin P. Kelly, one of the first heroes of World War II.

During the annual Down Home Days Festival, residents and visitors gather for games, activities, food and crafts plus an old-fashioned parade, and at the Hickory Grove Founders Day families celebrate the area’s rich heritage by cane-grinding, syrup-making, sausage making, riding tractors and more.

This is Madison County, a place where traditions are both meaningful and delightful, a place offering meaningful personal opportunity through access to transformative educational options and life-enhancing amenities. Traveling on Madison County’s uncongested roads, you’ll enjoy freedom and ease—with less time commuting and more time to enjoy life in a place where there is more life to enjoy.

A natural paradise with four-seasons recreation. Bounded by three rivers, Madison County spreads out more than 700 acres of scenic natural landscape—forests, lakes and rolling hills that lay the foundation for a bounty of recreational experiences:

  • Hiking, biking on the 25-mile trail originating from the Four Freedoms Monument and on the County’s 100-mile loop.

  • Kayaking and canoeing on the Suwannee River, Aucilla River Canoe Trail, and Withlacoochee River Trail.

  • Birding at the 20-acre Ladell Brothers Outdoor Environmental Center, a highlight on the Great Florida Birding Trail.

  • Swimming and scuba diving at the Madison Blue Spring State Park.

  • Fishing, boating, sailing and water sports at the 600-acre Cherry Lake. This hidden gem opens a world of great outdoor fun with built-in history: The 4-H camp here was constructed nearly a century ago. For some Madison County residents, Cherry Lake also opens inviting new residential options in the attractive housing that surrounds the lake. Get away for a day, or a new life of lakefront ease.

  • Horseback riding on the Four Freedoms Trail and the Twin Rivers Horseback Riding Trails.

  • Camping, mountain biking and other recreation at Suwannee River State Park and Madison Blue Spring State Park.

  • Year-round team sports at the Madison County Recreation Complex.

Add in lively downtown activities and the year-round arts and culture of North Florida College, and there’s plenty to do here in Madison County, with the Gulf Coast only 45 minutes away.

Lower costs of living. Madison’s cost of living is just 78% of the national average, with a median home price just under $110,000, and that puts more money into family budgets.

Public schools that make the grade, plus convenient dual-state college access. In addition to North Florida College in Madison, Big Bend Technical College in Perry, River Oak Technical Center in Live Oak, Valdosta State University, Wiregrass Technical College and Georgia Military College are all just 30 minutes away; Florida State University is just 50 minutes away and University of Florida just 90 minutes.

In Madison, make a life that has more meaning in a place where satisfaction can run as deep as the waters of America's best swimming hole.

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