Welcome to Yancey County, North Carolina. Distinguished as a scenic mountain destination, we’re also known for our unique blend of mountain music, world-renowned arts and crafts culture, thriving business community, superb education system and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Surrounded by the lofty Black Mountain Range, Yancey County is the site of majestic Mount Mitchell. This landmark, standing at 6,684 feet is the highest peak in the eastern United States. Yancey County is home to six of the tallest peaks east of the Mississippi River.
The lush Pisgah National Forest; the panoramic Blue Ridge Parkway; the clear, tumbling rivers and the scenic Appalachian Trail further enhance the area’s natural beauty and provide countless opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, horseback riding, fishing, camping, gem-mining, biking, tubing and white-water rafting.
Burnsville, the county seat, is a picture of Americana, the kind of place that invites you to take a leisurely stroll around the Town Square. Downtown offers a charming mix of shops, galleries and restaurants. From the latest fashions & accessories at upscale boutiques to one-of-a-kind finds at a local antique shop, you’re sure to find a treasure in Burnsville.
The majestic solitude of our mountains with their unspoiled, breathtaking beauty, the gentle pace of life and the warm, welcoming community atmosphere have enticed numerous people to live, work and play here. Come and experience our home – you may find you belong here!
Golf, fish or hunt. Go camping, swimming, or tubing. Take a hike or picnic. Go horseback riding, or whitewater rafting. Play tennis. Enjoy outstanding summer theatre, movies, and concerts. Prospect for real gems and learn about the local mining and mineral history. Absorb some of the country’s finest scenery on our numerous back-road drives. Dare to power off that cell phone! For a peaceful place to unplug and unwind look no further than Yancey County.
It’s a good life we share. Here we live with a conscientious awareness of the rugged, gentle beauty of our land. Stroll around Main Street, alive with many fine shops, galleries and cafes.
On Saturday mornings head to the local Farmers Market where everything for sale has been grown or prepared by the folks selling it. With charming inns, bed & breakfasts, motels, fine camping, good places to eat and to shop, and activity from vigorous to sedate, there’s no better “base camp” for exploration than Burnsville. At your doorstep are enough rewarding diversions to fill a vacation, or a season…or a lifetime. We’re pleased to share its bounty with you!
Last modified: March 27, 2019