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 Presents Awards for Community Engagement

Mars Hill University handed out awards to four members of the campus and local community, acknowledging the important work they do to make the community a better place. The presentation came during the university's annual Convocat ...more

MHU President Lunsford to Deliver Farewell Address

Outgoing Mars Hill University President Dan Lunsford will give his farewell address to the campus on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at 3 p.m. in Broyhill Chapel. Lunsford is retiring at the end of the academic year, following 16 years ...more

Bluff Festival Call for Volunteers

The 23rd Annual Bluff Mountain Festival takes place on Saturday, June 9, 2018 If you are interested in helping out (there are many ways to do so and they are all fun), there is a special need for the 8am-noon time slot, and the ...more

Spend a Day on the Hill at MHU

Mars Hill University invites prospective students to attend its Spring Visit Day on Saturday, April 14, 2018. The visitation day will allow high school students to get a taste of college life, from academics to athletics, and even ...more