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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

MHU April 2016 Events

MIND2 Brain Viewing Program Thursday, April 14, Doors open 6 – 8 pm The physiopsychology class at Mars Hill University, taught by Dr. Ann Peiffer, together with the TriBeta Honors Biology Club and the Psychology Club, will be ...more

Help SART by Sponsoring a Memorial Chair or Brick

SART is in our community and has great potential. It is a nonprofit origination that is funded by donations. With the money raised by the bricks and chairs, SART will have a good base sponsorship to accomplish more. Sponsor a C ...more

Mars Hill University Events March – April 2016

"Cherokee Women: Respected Not Ranked" Tuesday, March 29, 7 pm Ramsey Center for Regional Studies The Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies will present, "Cherokee Women: Respected Not Ranked; Contrasting Ways That Cultu ...more

MHU Events – February 2016

Julie Miles/Molly Sawyer Exhibition through March 4, 2016 Weizenblatt Gallery, in the Moore Building of Mars Hill University, will feature the work of painter Julie Miles and three-dimensional artist Molly Sawyer, from February ...more