Welcome to Madison County

Recreation, culture and history abound in the Western North Carolina county of Madison.

In the winter you can ski, snowboard or tube at the ski slopes. In Marshall, the county seat, walk down historic Main Street or go to the Depot for traditional music and dancing on Friday nights. You’ll want to attend the annual Lunsford Music Festival, held the first weekend of October and named for Bascom Lamar Lunsford, the father of folk music who was born right here in Madison.

Visit the town of Hot Springs, an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, with the Appalachian Trail, whitewater rafting and canoeing on the French Broad River. Then relax in North Carolina’s only hot mineral baths.

In Mars Hill, stop in at the Rural Life Museum on the Mars Hill College campus or take in a play at the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre. Mars Hill College remains true to its tradition of service, learning and leadership which has been a hallmark of the Mars Hill experience since 1856.

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A variety of water activities abounds in Madison. Half day or full day whitewater rafting trips are offered. You can rent a canoe and float easy just below Hot Springs, or cool off in one of the many swimming holes.

Madison County is home to numerous manufacturers, small businesses, and service people. The small family farm is the backbone of Madison County; it’s a way of life here. Tobacco barns dot the hillsides as do cattle – there is one cow for each person in this county!

Be sure to drop by the Visitors Center — our staff of dedicated local volunteers can provide you with all the information you need to make your visit enjoyable.


More than 200 local businesses and services are listed in our Business Directory!

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Our business directory includes large manufacturers; small business enterprises; service people; individuals in business for themselves, many with 3 or fewer employees; and community minded folks who support Chamber efforts. They represent the diversity and strength of our business economy across the county.

The Madison County Chamber of Commerce has grown in leaps and bounds. We want you to be proud of the Chamber and be aware of all your neighbors and friends who join us as Chamber members. We encourage everyone to use the directory — you

Other News

How The West Was Won

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MHU’s Ramsey Center to Close for Summer Renovations

The Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies at Mars Hill University will be closed for renovations over the summer months. During this period, the holdings and collections in the Ramsey Center and in the Southern Appalachian ...more

First Stage Youth Theatre Summer Camps

This year’s summer camp theme comes straight from Madison County’s rich storytelling tradition. First Stage Youth Theatre and the Madison County Arts Council are proud to host, “Jack Tales: Folklore of the Appalachians.” ...more

Articulture to Offer Unique Pairing of Art & Farms

Articulture, a new organization based in the Asheville area, is presenting its first annual Art & Farm Tour. On Sunday, May 31, several well-known local artists will be paired with area farms, for a day of workshops, exhibitio ...more

Minding Your Business: 21st Century Security Threats

Business Security Seminar Wednesday, July 22, 2015 7:30AM to 3PM at Mars Hill University, Pittman Dining Hall Is your business safe? Safe from the threats you can see as well as those you cannot see? This one-day seminar, present ...more

2015 Collegiate Road National Championships

USA Cycling has partnered with Mars Hill University and the Asheville-Buncombe Regional Sports Commission to host the 2015 Collegiate Road National Championships in the Asheville and Marshall areas Friday, May 8 through Sunday, Ma ...more