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

MHU Full-Day Observance for Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

For the first time in its history, Mars Hill University will cancel classes on Monday, January 19, 2015 to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. Led by the MHU Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, t ...more  


MHU Events – January-February, 2015

"Our Story, This Place" Exhibition Now – Feb. 28, Rural Heritage Museum, Montague Hall. No charge. Mars Hill University's Rural Heritage Museum is currently featuring an exhibition titled: “Our Story–This Place, The Histor ...more  


Mars Hill University Acts to Preserve Ginseng; Protect Its Plants

Ginseng has been harvested for medicinal and commercial purposes in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina for as long as human beings have lived in the area. Due to this cultural and natural history, Mars Hill Univer ...more  


MHU Events – December 2-12, 2014

Meghan Thomas Exhibition Now – December 12, Weizenblatt Gallery Shattered Stereotypes: Be a Man, Like a Girl is the title of the current photographic exhibition at Weizenblatt Gallery on the campus of Mars Hill University. Me ...more  


Mars Hill University Plans New Business Facility

During the upcoming homecoming festivities, Mars Hill University will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its next building project, a three-story, state -of-the-art complex, designed to hold both classrooms and retail spaces. The ...more  


SART Needs Your Help

Owen Theatre, our longtime performing venue, is being renovated and won't be available for the 2015 season. We're planning a full season taking shows on the road but we need seed money for upfront costs related to professi ...more