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 Events April 7-27, 2015

Zombies from the Beyond, a Musical April 9-12; 7:30 pm on April 9, 10, 11; 2:30 pm on April 12 Zombies from the Beyond is an American musical comedy with book, music, and lyrics by James Valcq. The show examines American ideals ...more  

 

Economic Development Survey

Land of Sky is coordinating the work of a regional steering committee to create a new 5-year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for a four-county region (Madison, Transylvania, Henderson, Buncombe). The CEDS doc ...more  

 

Asheville Outlets Job Fair

March 26, 8am - 7pm at the WNC Ag Center    

 

2-1-1 is Hiring

Are you looking for a position that allows you to support your community? Do you know someone who is? 2-1-1 is seeking candidates to fill a part time referral specialist position. Specialists deliver community information and r ...more  

 

Qualla Arts and Crafts

On display at the Rural Heritage Museum at Mars Hill University March 13 – May 29, 2015 A new exhibition, “Qualla Arts and Crafts: Tradition and Innovation” organized by Western Carolina University’s Mountain Herit ...more  

 

2015 WNC Home, Garden & Green Living Show

The 2015 WNC Home, Garden & Green Living Show is scheduled for March 20-22, 2015 at the US Cellular Center in Downtown Asheville.  Madison County Chamber of Commerce members are invited to participate.  Sponsorship opportuni ...more