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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

Other News

Echoview Fiber Mill Christmas Bazaar

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Expo Madison Early-Bird Registration

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to showcase your business, so mark your calendar for Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 11:00 to 4:00. The place to be is Mars Hill University at the Chambers Gym.  This first annual expo alre ...more

@WORK Personnel Openings – November 2015

Entry Level Injection Molding (Arden) $8-8.20/hr., FT Temp to Hire 1st/3rd Various positions including assembly and machine operation. Must be able to stand for duration of eight-hour shift. Background check friendly, must pass ...more

Keep Your Pets Safe and Warm

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Decorate a Wreath for Neighbors in Need and Operation Santa

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MHU’s Bailey Mountain Cloggers to Host Dance Workshop

The Bailey Mountain Cloggers – the 21-time national champion dance team from Mars Hill University -- will offer a Clogging & Southern Appalachian Dance Workshop on Saturday, December 5, 2015, from 9 am until 12 noon in the s ...more

MHU Recognizes Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Mars Hill University will recognize Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week,  November 14-21, with a series of events designed to both raise awareness and contribute to organizations who address these issues locally. Daniel Nel ...more

MHU Events: November 12-23

Theatre Arts Performance: Eurydice November 12, 13, 14, 2015 at 7:30pm November 15, 2015 at 2:30pm Moore Auditorium Eurydice, by Sarah Ruhl, Samuel French In Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through ...more