Interested in visiting historic Madison, Georgia, but have a few questions? We have answers to some frequently asked questions about Madison and Morgan County to help you plan an amazing trip.
Just an hour east of downtown Atlanta, the city of Madison sits on relatively flat terrain at 736 feet above sea level. Downtown Madison has some gentle slopes around the square and much of the historic district is easily walkable, though the brick sidewalks in downtown Madison can make it difficult to traverse for our ladies in high heels. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your step counter!
Out in Morgan County, visitors enjoy seeing acres of green farmland as agriculture is the County’s number one industry. Alongside pasturelands filled with horses and cows, fields of cotton are common as the small Town of Bostwick – population 365 – is home to one of the few operational cotton gins in Georgia. Rutledge is home to Georgia’s second largest state park – Hard Labor Creek State Park – featuring a beautifully wooded setting, miles of trails and two lakes.
Spring is a just a breathtakingly beautiful time to experience Madison. Flowers are in bloom in a rainbow of colors. Mornings may be chilly with average lows in the 40s, but the daytime temperatures typically warm to the upper 60s to upper 70s. However, the old saying “April showers bring May flowers” rings true in Madison. Bring your galoshes and rain jacket but be prepared for some lovely days as well.
As you probably are already aware, summers in Georgia can get downright hot. With high temperatures reaching well into the 90s and lows in the 60s and low 70s, bring lightweight, breathable clothing. The warm temperatures combined with high humidity create a perfect environment for the afternoon pop-up thunderstorm. While they usually don’t last too long, these surprise storms make excellent reminders to take a rest and enjoy the rain.
Though summer temperatures can last into October, the cool, crisp air of fall offers a welcomed respite from the heat. Also, typically, a drier time of year, Fall is an excellent time to visit Madison. Bring a light jacket or sweater for the evenings with lows dipping into the 50s, but daytime temperatures average in the mid-70s and generally bring plenty of sunshine.
Winters are short and relatively mild with the average highs in the mid-50s and lows in the mid-30s. Winter can bring moderate precipitation seeing between 4” to 8” each season. However, the city rarely sees any significant snow fall, though a few flakes may threaten to shut down the entire state. Bring layers and a warm coat if traveling to Madison in the winter. Prepare for cold temperatures at night and more comfortable temperatures during the day. Some winter days in Madison can see temperatures get into the 60s! Also, don’t forget your rain gear.
We want your trip to be as relaxing as possible, and that includes planning it. Download our sample packing list, and be sure to also check what the weather in Madison is like during the time of year you are planning your trip.
Find more information about accessible travel in Morgan County here.
You may find current and upcoming events throughout Morgan County on our comprehensive calendar of events.
Have active kids? Explore the outdoors with unique experiences in Madison with special ways to stay and play. Check out Southern Cross Guest Ranch. This authentic dude ranch allows all levels of riders to book a time to ride six miles of trails. Guests staying at Southern Cross automatically have up to two chances to ride each day and may also use the fire pit for s’mores and enjoy fishing and cycling on the property.
Just minutes from Madison is Hard Labor Creek State Park. Kids may enjoy the putt putt course, sand beach and ranger-led events, including homeschooling activities planned multiple times per year. Rent a cabin or campsite to continue the adventure.
Travelers in Georgia may find up-to-date road conditions through the Georgia Department of Public Safety.
“511 Georgia, a courtesy service of the Georgia Department of Transportation, is the #1 source for real-time traffic information in the state and operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. By simply dialing 511 or going to 511ga.org, the public can view current statewide traffic conditions and travel alerts due to construction, incidents, or weather. Additionally, callers can speak with live operators to report incidents or request HERO assistance in metro Atlanta and CHAMP assistance outside the perimeter. 511 Georgia also connects to a variety of transportation and travel services, including MARTA and other transit providers, major airports, tourism information, and 511 systems in neighboring states.
For more information, please visit the Georgia 511’s website at www.511ga.org.”
Well…that depends on the pet. Madison and Morgan County have various dog-friendly places to stay and things to do. In fact, we even have a Pet-Friendly Guide to Madison. There are even options to bring your horse to ride trails and stay overnight at Hard Labor Creek State Park or board your horse at Southern Cross Guest Ranch.
Have a question that is not on this list? Call the Madison Morgan County Welcome Center, open 360 days a year, at (706) 342-4454 to get all the information you need.
Hunter House in Spring
Walker House in Fall