Visit Burnsville, North Carolina – The Official Food & Travel Magazine

Visit Burnsville, North Carolina – The Official Food & Travel Magazine

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  • January 1, 2023
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Arthur Planetarium Arthur Planetarium

Welcome to Burnsville, NC, where the air is fresh, the temperature is ideal and the people are friendly. Founded in 1834, Burnsville is the perfect small town mountain retreat just 40 minutes northeast of Asheville. Burnsville offers expansive mountain views, a walkable Main Street, colorful street murals, and quaint art galleries. Our friendly, locally owned breweries, restaurants and eateries offer locals and visitors high quality, unique dining experiences. Stroll through historic downtown to find the perfect gift, antiques, fashion accessories or the latest in home decor, jewelry and more. Wherever you travel in Yancey County, you’ll find our warm hospitality.

Burnsville is home to Mount Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi River at 6,684 feet. One of the nation’s first state parks, Mount Mitchell State Park features an accessible observation deck, concessions, a museum, camping facilities, and trails that allow visitors to enjoy short hikes near the summit and challenging hikes to adjacent wilderness areas . Access the unparalleled views of Mount Mitchell State Park via the Blue Ridge Parkway, “America’s Favorite Drive” at Milepost 355.4 in Yancey County.

Roaring Fork fallsRoaring Fork falls

With nearly 100 miles of hiking trails, there’s no better place to explore than in Yancey County. Set your own course or work with a local outfitter to explore the great outdoors. Find pristine forests, clean rivers, dramatic views and cool waterfalls including Crabtree Falls, Roaring Fork Falls and Setrock Creek Falls. Discover endless hiking, camping, fishing, kayaking, tubing and biking opportunities.

After an amazing day in nature, come back to the city and stay in one of our cozy cabins or local inns. Relax at the Mount Mitchell EcoRetreat, a former dude ranch turned mountain retreat, or soak in history at the newly restored Nu Wray Hotel, reopening in 2023. With high-speed Internet in the Blue Ridge Mountains, you can get work done or unwind during your stay, both are easily accessible.

Start your morning with an Appalachian-inspired breakfast at Pig & Grits, a local favorite, or grab a coffee at Appalachian Java. In the evening, be sure to save your appetite for a pint at Homeplace Beer Co., followed by dinner at Cast Iron Kitchen, where chef Chris Hall insists on using only fresh ingredients to create a dining experience.

Homeplace Beer Co.Homeplace Beer Co.

Spend the day exploring the city at the local shops and galleries. Burnsville is home to hundreds of artists and craftspeople who create unique, original objects from clay, glass, wood, metal and fiber, as well as furniture and musical instruments. The annual Toe River Arts Studio Tour is a free, self-guided tour of artists’ studios and an opportunity to see their work, processes, and studio spaces. Also check out the variety of other shops on Main Street including Monkey Business, a local toy store that will make you feel like a kid again no matter your age.

Gaze at the night sky through the largest telescope in the Southeast open to the public at the Bare Dark Sky Observatory. View the wonders of our galaxy and beyond at this certified International Dark Sky Park. Each two-hour stargazing session offers visitors the chance to enjoy 360-degree views of the moon, planets, and stars. Take your stargazing adventure with you at the newly opened Arthur Planetarium, connected to the observatory. See the skies of the world, experience locations around the world, and enjoy laser light shows in the 60-seat planetarium with a 36-foot projection dome.

While Burnsville honors its deep roots in Appalachia, Burnsville’s pioneering spirit lives on through its diverse variety of visitor experiences.

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