Explore Madison County

History and musical heritage abound in this beautiful setting just north of Asheville. The county is known for its traditional mountain music which is highlighted at several festivals during the year and every week at locations throughout. There are also artists throughout these Blue Ridge Mountains who derive their inspiration from the people and the natural surroundings. The three towns each have unique qualities. Hot Springs has one of the few natural mineral springs east of the Mississippi plus easy access to the Appalachian Trail. Marshall’s Main Street parallels the French Broad River and celebrates the old and new with its 100-year old Courthouse and influx of artists’ studios and eclectic shops. Mars Hill is home to the beautiful campus of Mars Hill University as well as the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre. These hills inspire authors to write books about the area and attract filmmakers to use the beauty as a backdrop for movies.

The County and Towns

Madison County

Madison County

The County itself is rich in history from the times of the Cherokee Indians through the colonial settlers and into the Civil War...

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Mars Hill

Mars Hill

The town of Mars Hill was built around the school which was to become Mars Hill University and has a rich musical history...

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Marshall

Marshall

The town of Marshall’s history was defined by the French Broad River. The Main Street runs between the river and a cliff...

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Hot Springs

Hot Springs

The town of Hot Springs is a jewel in the county, situated where the Appalachian Trail crosses the French Broad River...

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Geography and Culture

Featured Businesses in Madison County

Mad County Brewing

45 North Main Street Marshall, North Carolina 28753
828-649-8600

Mad County Brewing

Mosaic Gourmet

159 Bridge Street Hot Springs, North Carolina 28743
828-622-9400

Mosaic Gourmet

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort

578 Valley View Circle Mars Hill, North Carolina 28754
(828) 689-4119

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort

Zimmerman’s Berry Farm

2260 Revere Road Marshall, North Carolina 28753
(828) 656-2056

Zimmerman’s Berry Farm

French Broad Rafting and Ziplines

9800 Old US highway 25-70 Marshall, North Carolina 28753
(800) 570-7238

French Broad Rafting and Ziplines

Hot Springs Rafting Company

22 U.S. 25 Hot Springs, North Carolina 28743
877 530-7238

Hot Springs Rafting Company

Sandy Bottom Trail Rides

1459 Caney Fork Road Marshall, North Carolina 28753
(828) 649-3464

Sandy Bottom Trail Rides

Walnut Creek Gallery

2970 Walnut Creek Road Marshall, North Carolina 28753
(828) 649-0568

Walnut Creek Gallery

Little Creek Cafe

11660 U.S. 23 Mars Hill, 28754
(828) 689-2307

Little Creek Cafe

Sweet Monkey Bakery & Cafe

133 South Main Street Marshall, North Carolina 28753
(828) 649-2489

Sweet Monkey Bakery & Cafe

Madison County Tourism Development Authority

56 South Main Street
Mars Hill, NC 28754

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Contact
 

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Local: (828) 680-9031

Toll Free: (877) 262-3476

Mailing Address: PO Box 1527
    Mars Hill, NC 28754