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Mitchell County Visitor Center

Does the mention of a craft studio visit perk up your ears? Are you someone who would rather experience the outdoors than see it through the windshield? The Mitchell County Craft Your Adventure region of Spruce Pine, Bakersville, Little Switzerland, Loafer’s Glory and Penland combines the best of…

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Mt. Mitchell Craft Fair

Mt. Mitchell Craft Fair

Shop the handmade works of arts and crafts of more than 200 artists during the Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair, a beloved Burnsville tradition. It takes place Friday and Saturday, August 2-3, 2019 in Burnsville, NC’s Town Square, and is one of the many Read More

Burnsville~Green Mountain~Micaville, in Yancey County, NC

Yancey County, home of Mt. Mitchell, Highest Point in the Eastern United States.

Yancey County is nestled in the diverse forests and lofty mountains of western North Carolina. The county shares its northwestern Appalachian Mountain Ridge with Tennessee. The scenic Blue Ridge Parkway outlines…

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Yancey County/Burnsville Chamber of Commerce

Yancey County, home of Mt. Mitchell, Highest Point in the Eastern United States.

Yancey County is nestled in the diverse forests and lofty mountains of western North Carolina. The county shares its northwestern Appalachian Mountain Ridge with Tennessee. The scenic Blue Ridge Parkway

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NC Mineral and Gem Festival Celebrates 60 Years

NC Mineral and Gem Festival Celebrates 60 Years

Discover beautiful jewelry, gemstones, and mineral from around the country at the NC Mineral and Gem Festival in Spruce Pine on August 1 – 4, 2019. This year marks a milestone for the festival – it’s the 60 year anniversary, and to celebrate there are many new additions to the…

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Gem Mountain Gemstone Mine

Come experience the wonder and excitement of prospecting for gemstones in a pleasant and comfortable atmosphere. Gem Mountain is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just onemile from the Blue Ridge Parkway, Gem Mountain is a fun, family oriented attraction that your family will be…

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Your Guide to a Destination Wedding in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Your Guide to a Destination Wedding in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Wedding season is fast approaching and many recently engaged couples will soon be scrambling to find the perfect venue, florists, caterers, and musicians. It’s an overwhelming process for sure, but the key to success is start early with your planning before every vendor on your list gets booked…

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The Wall That Heals

The Wall That Heals, a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, comes to Burnsville for four days, Oct. 12-15.
The Wall and accompanying mobile education center honor the soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War and their families. It will be on display at the baseball field at Mountain…

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Halley Burleson – Appalachian Exposures

Meet photographer Halley Burleson – the talented young woman responsible for our homepage photography! Born and raised in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, Halley has spent most of her life, hiking, kayaking and horseback riding in these beautiful blue hills. She has a passion for the great…

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Our Area

The Blue Ridge Mountains span ten counties in Western North Carolina, and border both Tennessee and South Carolina. Within this region you’ll discover:

  • The vibrant mountain town of Asheville and famed Biltmore Estate in Buncombe County
  • The highest peaks east of the

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Toe River Arts Council – Spruce Pine, NC

The Toe River Arts Council Spruce Pine Gallery, Mitchell County, is 30 minutes from the Burnsville facility on the Upper Street of the small town. Intrepid travelers and seekers of art can find it and find out about it all in the gallery—viewing rotating showcases, enjoying the gift shop…

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Free Concert at FENCE

Foothills Equestrian Nature Center hosting a concert that is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the performance. Thank you to the Kirby Endowment at the Polk County Community Foundation for making this event possible.

In a soundscape rich in folk and americana…

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Where to Find Brilliant Fall Color Across the NC Blue Ridge

Where to Find Brilliant Fall Color Across the NC Blue Ridge

Western North Carolina has become well known as a destination for fall color, and for good reason. The mountains of the NC Blue Ridge offer spectacular views of Autumn’s patchwork quilt over the forest canopy, and because of the dramatic changes in elevation, the area boasts one of the longest leaf…

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Highway 80 Art Hop

Highway 80 Art Hop

Explore the art studios and galleries of the Toe River Valley at the sixth annual Highway 80 Art Hop. Twenty galleries along N.C. Highway 80 South in Yancey County open their doors to visitors. The route follows the South Toe River on the Mount Mitchell Scenic Byway. It’s perfect timing to

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Highway 80 Art Hop

Highway 80 Art Hop

Explore the art studios and galleries of the Toe River Valley at the sixth annual Highway 80 Art Hop. Twenty galleries along N.C. Highway 80 South in Yancey County open their doors to visitors. The route follows the South Toe River on the Mount Mitchell Scenic Byway. It’s perfect timing to

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Things to See and Do in Burnsville North Carolina

Things to See and Do in Burnsville North Carolina

Some of the most spectacular views in Western North Carolina, if not the entire eastern United States, can be discovered by visiting Burnsville, NC, a small Blue Ridge town on northern side of the Pisgah National Forest. Located within a 36-mile drive northeast of Asheville, this Read More

Farm to Fork Dinner

Farm to Fork Dinner

Locally sourced food from Burnsville and surrounding mountain communities will be the centerpiece for the fourth annual Farm to Fork Dinner. Agricultural nonprofit TRACTOR hosts the event and has partnered with Taylor Montgomery, executive chef at Mountain Air Country Club, to prepare the…

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Farm to Table Dining on the Square

Diners will enjoy a multicourse alfresco meal in downtown Burnsville prepared by a team of expert chefs using local ingredients. For its second annual Farm to Fork Dining on Town Square event, the agricultural nonprofit TRACTOR has partnered with Biltmore chefs.
Executive Chef Kirk Fiore will…

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Annual Tour de Lure

The ride begins and ends at the Corpening Memorial YMCA in Marion. A 71-mile route through scenic farmland in McDowell county, climbs up Stone Mtn., passes through Chimney Rock and around beautiful Lake Lure before a return to McDowell County via the Assault on Mt. Mitchell route. The ride boasts…

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Greg Speas and Dan Williams with Special Guest Kare Ane Strong

OOAK Art Gallery and Maples present Greg Speas and Dan Williams with special guest Kare Ane Strong, Thursday November 10, 2016 from 7:00 to 9:00 in the Gallery. Cost for the concert is $5.00.
Greg Speas is a singer/songwriter from North Carolina and has played in several groups over the years,…

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Lucky Streak Band

OOAK Art Gallery and Maples present the Lucky Streak Band, Thursday June 23, 2016 from 7:00 to 9:00 in the Gallery.
Ron and Minnie Powell have been together for almost 40 years, and for much of that time have been performing, both as a duo and with various local bands. Ron began playing guitar and…

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Blue Ridge Mtn Host Board visits the NuWray Inn in Burnsville

Blue Ridge Mtn Host Board visits the NuWray Inn in Burnsville

March 22, 2016 – The Board of Directors of Blue Ridge Mountain Host joined members and guests for a regional tourism networking event at the historic NuWray Inn in Burnsville NC on March 22nd. There were hosted by couples/owners Eric & Christy Wilson and Joey & Jill Farmer.

The…

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