Yancey County is an ideal place to live, work, and play. Natural beauty, a clean and safe living environment, quality schools and healthcare, a thriving art community, opportunities for spiritual development, and excellent shopping are a few of our distinguishing qualities.

It offers the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a relaxing mountain lifestyle, and natural surroundings that inspire.  That’s why Yancey County thrives in B&B’s, beauty and brains and why entrepreneurs and workers in the new creative economy find it so attractive.  We hope that you, too, will become Yancey County inspired.

Downtown Burnsville is the county’s focal point.

A beautiful town square that plays host to numerous festivals and events, unique stores and shops, summer theater, and cultural and entertainment options all contribute to downtown Burnsville’s unique appeal.


The Burnsville Town Center is the central hub for all local activities like concerts, events, arts and craft demonstrations, workshops, wedding receptions, trade shows and farmer’s market.
Recreational opportunities abound in Yancey County. Its rivers and streams offer opportunities for swimming, fishing, canoeing, whitewater rafting, and kayaking. Camping, hiking and other outdoor activities abound in Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

For those looking to enjoy a game of golf the county plays host to two acclaimed golf courses; Mountain Air Country Club’s private golf course for members and Mt. Mitchell Golf Course, a public golf course, rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by Golf Digest.


The Parkway Playhouse hosts quality theatrical productions, as does the Burnsville Little Theater. Shoppers may enjoy visiting any of the 1,250 artisans and craftspeople in Madison, Mitchell, and Yancey Counties.


Our public schools (six elementary, two middle, and one high) are consistently recognized for academic excellence by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Mayland Community College offers post-secondary learning opportunities, as well as industrial training and re-training. North Carolina’s sixteen-campus university system is among the finest in the nation. Three schools in the system (UNC-Asheville, Appalachian State University, and Western Carolina University) are within easy driving distance of Burnsville. Western North Carolina also hosts several fine private colleges, including Mars Hill College.

Yancey County affords excellent health care and wellness facilities for its residents. Burnsville offers a state-of-the-art, hospital-supported fitness and rehabilitation center.  Spruce Pine Community Hospital is within fifteen miles of Burnsville. Mission Family Medical Center and Celo Health Center both located within the county offer caring medical assistance. Mission Hospitals in nearby Asheville offer the services of hundreds of specialists in all health areas.

Quality of life is important to Yancey County natives. And they are eager to share it with those who choose to become part of them.