Use our new map to take a walking tour of Burnsville.

New on the Explore Burnsville website

Use our new map to take a walking tour of Burnsville.

Mount Mitchell State Park

Highest Mountain East of the Mississippi River, First State Park in North Carolina


Top Small Mountain Towns

Country Living Magazine lists Burnsville in Top 20



Inns and B&Bs

Restaurants & Pubs

Weekend Getaway

Whether you’re hiking and camping in the mountains or attending a performance at Parkway Playhouse or coming to the Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair or Carolina Mountains Literary Festival, there’s always a good day waiting for you in Burnsville, North Carolina, especially for travelers who like to discover their own journey.


Shops & Galleries

Park your car and stroll along Main Street and Burnsville Town Square to visit shops, galleries and restaurants.

Things to Do

Burnsville Town Square

Since 1834



Faster Internet, Better Cell Phone Service

With an ongoing $25 million fiber optic upgrade project, Internet is fast and reliable. And with new cell towers built in the last few years, phone coverage has expanded throughout Yancey County.


Mount Mitchell State Park


Mount Mitchell State Park:
First Park, Highest Peak

Located in southern Yancey County, Mount Mitchell (6,684 feet) is the highest mountain East of the Mississippi River. It was designated the first state park in North Carolina in 1916. Today it features an observation platform on the summit next to Elisha Mitchell’s grave, and an interpretive museum with historical and environmental exhibits. The restaurant, concession stand and gift shop are open May thru October. Campground has 9 tent sites only.



Art Galleries

Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair

The 62nd annual Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair will be held on Burnsville Town Square on August 1 – 2, 2019 with arts, crafts, food vendors and live music throughout the event.  9am to 5pm Friday & Saturday









With high-speed Internet, affordable real estate, and nearby Interstate-26, Burnsville is the perfect location to start a new business or relocate an existing one.

Visitor Center


The telescope is located on a mountaintop at 2,736 feet, and is housed inside a building with a roll-off roof for 360-degree viewing.

Bare Dark Sky Observatory

Mayland Community College has opened the Bare Dark Sky Observatory at its new Earth to Sky Park in Yancey County. Reservations are now being accepted for individuals, families, and groups. Up to 20 people per viewing session will have 2 hours to use the telescopes.

New Telescope Gateways

Public Art Project


The proposed telescope gateways into Burnsville are part of a public art project designed to feature area artists and crafters, and to highlight the new Bare Dark Sky Observatory in Yancey County. 

Parkway Playhouse

72nd Season!


Winter Wonderland

Naturally Inspiring

Yancey County is home to waterfalls, campgrounds, backroads, hiking trails, clean rivers, and six of the 10 highest peaks in Eastern America.

Professional Creativity

The Toe River region, which takes its name from the Native American word, Estatoee, is home to hundreds of artists, crafters, musicians and writers.  Many of them are members of TRAC, the Toe River Arts Council.

Toe River Artists