With Jim Hickey
Jim Hickey runs Nitty Gritty Tour Guides in Madison County, situated in Western North Carolina, and at the Eastern foot of the Great Smoky Mountains. It is a hidden treasure, as it is much less known than the neighboring Smoky Mountains National Park and the resort town of Asheville. Jim is originally from West Virginia and lived over 30 years in Atlanta, Georgia. He is Harvard educated and has a background in history, journalism, photography, teaching and writing. He moved to Madison County with his wife, Alicia, in 2010 searching a more holistic lifestyle.
He became involved in giving tours out of a deep love for the special people in his community, and their long history of independence and industriousness. His rich life experience as a public intellectual adds a unique element to the storytelling in his tours. Through the tours, Jim hopes to make people more aware of Madison County and its rural and natural charm.
Join Jim as he takes you on a three-hour cultural and historical tour of Hot Springs, NC. These walking tours are grounded on Jim’s deep knowledge of the region’s unique history and culture as well as the close connections that he has built with some of the community’s more charismatic members. In addition, Jim offers visitors an opportunity to both deepen their understanding of digital photography and take close-up shots of cultural and historic landmarks in the area.