Burnsville-Yancey Chamber of Commerce
Home of Mount Mitchell
Burnsville, North Carolina
Highest Mountains, Small Town Charm
Events in Burnsville & Yancey County
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Hiking in the Black Mountains and Toe River Valley near Burnsville, North Carolina is a very rewarding experience. The area has a wide variety of terrain to explore ranging from lush river valleys to majestic mountain ridges. At 6,684 foot elevation, Mount Mitchell is the highest peak east of the Mississippi.
Check the NC High Peaks website for specific information on this time including time, meeting point, hike leader, and contact info.
Looking for an experience that’s “out of this world”? Emerald Village offers night-time underground black light mine tours that unlock vibrant hidden colors available only under ultraviolet light, commonly called black light. The brilliant coatings in the Bon Ami Mine are largely deposits of Hyalite Opal, a true form of opal found in this area. Under shortwave ultraviolet light, these coatings fluoresce or glow a vivid lime green. The effect, underground at night, is stunning!
The black light tours are only offered on 10 special nights. Custom Group tours of 25 or more can sometimes be arranged. The tour is a guided tour, led by our professional staff. We provide the high-power ultraviolet lamps, flashlights, and safety glasses. You provide comfortable walking shoes and a curiosity for unique experiences! The tour lasts about 45 minutes. Cost of the tour is $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for students (grades 1 through 12). The tours are generally conducted regardless of the weather, but can be suspended for lightning or extremely poor conditions. Bring an umbrella if weather is bad, and call ahead to confirm the tour is on. A light jacket is always a good idea. We hope to see you underground at one of the most unique experiences available, the Black Light tour at Emerald Village, home of REAL mines and REAL fun!
Remember that Emerald Village closes after daytime activities at either 5:00 PM or 6:00 PM depending on the season. We recommend you go out for dinner at one of our fine local restaurants and return for the Black Light tour. The gates re-open 45 minutes prior to the tour times shown below. We suggest you arrive about 30 minutes prior to the tour times listed below.
We would like to invite you and as many groups as possible to participate in a community-wide, safe, family environment on Halloween. From 4:00 to 6:00 pm on Tuesday, October 31, the traditional trick or treating for candy will take place at local businesses and around the square. We would like to invite the area businesses, local non-profits, and church groups to decorate their storefronts and participate in this event. If you are a business or organization that does not have a storefront downtown, you can set up in a space on the Square. We would also like to have all types of activities for children on the Square. If you would like to plan an activity on the Square please contact us immediately so that we can plan the appropriate spaces. This is lots of fun for the whole family! Let us know if you want to participate by emailing or phoning your RSVP by October 20 to the Yancey Chamber of Commerce at firstname.lastname@example.org or 682-7413.
Downtown Burnsville Halloween Festival – October 31, 2018: Believe it or not it will be here before you know it!!!! We would like to invite you and as many groups as possible to participate in a community-wide, safe, family environment on Halloween. From 4:00 to 6:00 pm on Wednesday, October 31, the traditional trick or treating for candy will take place at local businesses and around the square. Join us for fun, safe, family friendly event in Burnsville.
There are so many great things to do in Burnsville & Yancey County, especially between April and October. Each month has a special event, and all three seasons are perfect to get out in the mountains and explore.
With a peak elevation of 6,684 feet, Mount Mitchell is the highest mountain East of the Mississippi River, and the first state park in North Carolina. The summit has an observation platform next to the grave of Elisha Mitchell and offers awesome views of the Black Mountains, home to 5 of the 10 highest mountains in Eastern U.S.
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