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’ll not only be supporting local businesses, you’ll be joining us as friends and neighbors.

Other News

2016 Madison County Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting

Thursday, July 21 at the Redway Room, Mars Hill University Cafeteria Meet ‘n Greet at 6:00 p.m. Entertainment at 6:30 p.m. Dinner served at 7:00 p.m. LIVE MUSIC by PRIMROSE! Acoustic Eclectic Folk Music ELECTION of ...more

SART’s 2016 Season

SART Kicks Off Its 2016 Season with Greater Tuna The Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre announces its 2016 performance schedule that, this year, will feature tour de force performances by newcomers and longtime favorite act ...more

US 25 Yard Sale

June 2, 3, 4, 2016 Richwood Ky to Woodfin N.C. & Rocky Top Tn. U.S. 25 Yard Sale on Facebook or https://www.facebook.com/U.S.25YARDSALE 859-779-3005 for general info At 565 total miles we’re the nation’s 4th lo ...more

Sponsors Needed

Sponsors are needed for the upcoming Beacon of Hope Golf Tournament. The Beacon of Hope is incorporated as a 501(c) (3), and is funded by private donations and grants. They serve over 500 families a month in Madison County. Con ...more