Burnsville In Top 20 Small Mountain Towns

Burnsville is listed in this year’s Top 20 Small Mountain Towns To Visit This Summer by Country Living, a widely-read travel & lifestyle magazine and website. The article mentions the Nu Wray Inn, Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair, Toe River Studio Tour and Mount Mitchell State Park, and includes this aerial picture of the summit on Mt Mitchell. Other notable towns on the list include Deadwood, South Dakota; Vail, Colorado; Helen, Georgia; Eureka Springs, Arkansas; and Lake Placid, New York. Read the full article below.







The Country Living article about Burnsville reads:

Burnsville is often described as a “Norman Rockwell” kind of town, and that is truly the best way to describe this quaint locale that centers around a grassy town square.  Catch zzzs at the Nu Wray Inn, the oldest operating inn in Western North Carolina, which has counted Elvis Presley, and the novelist Thomas Wolfe, among its guests. For one heck of a view, hike to Mount Mitchell’s peak (the tallest East of the Mississippi River). Don’t miss the Toe River Studio Tour June 2-4, 2017 when 100 artists open their studios along the scenic mountain back roads. There’s also the Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair in August.  See Country Living’s entire Top 20 list

Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair

August 4-5, 2017

Burnsville is home of the Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair, held on Town Square and Main Street during the first Friday and Saturday in August. The Crafts Fair has been a signature community event since the 1950s, and is still a celebration of mountain traditions, arts, crafts and music. In addition to booths and vendors, local and regional artists also give demonstrations of their work throughout the event. The Crafts Fair takes place August 4-5, 2017.

The Parkway Playhouse has been staging productions in Burnsville since 1947.  Spring thru fall, Parkway Playhouse presents dramas, comedies and musicals. Actors from Burnsville, Asheville and across the region bring exceptional talent to the local stage year in and year out.


Carolina Mountains Literary Festival is a three-day celebration of writing & reading that features fiction and non-fiction writers, poets, memoirists, short story writers, and musicians. Published authors also conduct workshops and Q&A sessions. This year’s event will be held Thursday thru Saturday, September 7-9, 2017.


The Burnsville Metric is held annually on the last Saturday in April. The route winds thru gentle hills and flat roads in Yancey and Mitchell Counties and offers spectacular scenic views. The ride covers 60.7 miles, and has three well-supplied rest stops and roving SAG support.  New this year is a 43 mile option with one rest stop and SAG support.





The Old Timey Fall Festival features live music, vintage vehicles, mountain crafts, food, children’s games, homemade apple butter and lots of fun activities for the entire family. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 10am to 4pm.