Entrepreneurs Welcome

Burnsville and Yancey County are located on Highway 19E at Exit 9 on Interstate 26, about a 15-mile ride to Burnsville on a scenic four-lane highway. There are about 2,500 people in and around Burnsville, and 18,000+ in Yancey. The population goes up during the summer and fall.

35 to 40 minutes from Asheville
Take I-26, Exit 9, Hwy 19
High Speed Internet

Within the last decade, Burnsville used a federal infrastructure improvement grant and invested over $30 million in a fiber optic cable project to bring high-speed broadband to businesses and homes.

With the completion of the four-lane highway between Burnsville and Asheville, and the high-speed broadband project, Yancey County is poised for economic growth in the coming decades. Manufacturers, entrepreneurs, small business owners, professional artists, restaurateurs and business developers are all investing in this community.

Restaurants & Shops on West Main Street
A skilled & motivated workforce

Yancey County is home to Altec, Glen Raven, and Hickory Springs, three great manufacturing plants that employee hundreds of workers. These industries have a positive impact on the local economy, and maintain deep roots in the community.

Mayland Community College’s Yancey Campus is home to the Anspach Advanced Manufacturing School, which graduated its first class in May of 2017. The program is designed to teach students real-world technical skills and prepare them for available jobs at local manufacturing plants.

Mayland Community College’s Burnsville Campus
Sherrill Whitson at Whitson’s Crafts

Burnsville and Yancey County are part of Toe River Arts region of the mountains. This area is home to hundreds of artists and craftspeople who run small businesses, often hire local employees, and inject significant new money into the economy. Professional creativity is a driving economic force in Yancey County.

Burnsville Metric Bike Race
Mount Mitchell Campground

Burnsville and Yancey County offer an authentic, high quality of life. The mountains are beautiful, the air and water are clean, and there are plenty of outdoor opportunities for cycling, hiking, camping, fishing & hunting.

There are beautiful homes and tracts of land available in Yancey County. Local realtors, architects, contractors, builders, landscape designers and other professionals can help you find and/or create the mountain home of your dreams.

Yancey County Economic Development Commission is located at 106 West Main Street inside the Burnsville-Yancey Visitor Center. The phone number is (828) 682-7722.

Burnsville: Open For Business!
Mountain Electronics
Burnsville & Yancey County


Restaurants, Pubs, Coffee & Desserts


Mount Mitchell State Park

Outdoor Recreation

Mt Mitchell Crafts Fair

Burnsville Town Center

Bare Dark Sky Observatory

Parkway Playhouse

Chamber Calendar of Events