Yancey County Information

Mount Mitchell and the Black Mountains, Highest Mountain Range in Eastern U.S.

County Seat     Burnsville, North Carolina   Read About Burnsville


     The elevation of Burnsville is 2,815 feet. In fact, Yancey County has the highest average elevation of any county in North Carolina, including within its boundaries are 5 of the 10 highest peaks East of the Mississippi. Mt. Mitchell is 6,684 feet, the highest point in Eastern America.


     Yancey County is situated among forests and lofty mountains. The county shares its northern border with Tennessee, and its southern border along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Burnsville is about 35 miles northeast of Asheville. Charlotte, the state’s largest city is about 125 miles away. Johnson City, TN is about 50 miles. The county’s major east-west thoroughfare is U.S. Highway 19.


Climate   Summer mornings can be light and airy, or humid, creating a dreamy haze across the Blue Ridge and Black Mountains. Summertime highs usually peak in the mid-80s, while evening temperatures can dip down into the 60s. Average annual rainfall is 59 inches.


Land area is 311 square miles or 200,704 acres, including large tracts of Pisgah National Forest.


One of the wonderful traditions in Burnsville & Yancey County is the pride we have in local artists, craftspeople, and galleries. The Toe River Arts area is home to quilters, basketmakers, woodworkers, glassblowers, potters, metalsmiths, weavers, papermakers, painters, photographers, and sculptors, many of whom have national and international reputations. There are nearly 400 full-time and 200 part-time craftspeople in the Toe River area, bringing in more than $11 million annually. More artists per capita reside in the mountains of Western North Carolina than in any other region in the U.S.


     The surrounding mountains, forests, rivers and waterfalls provide ample opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities and spectacular views. Skiing, golfing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, canoeing, tubing, camping, fishing and hunting all make great outdoor adventures.


Yancey County provides many essential services for its residents, including social services, public health and transportation, recreation, recycling, mapping projects, building inspections, and emergency response efforts. Yancey County contributes at least 25 percent of the funding for its public schools. Yancey County’s Board of Commissioners is comprised of five elected officials serving two-year terms. The board hires a County Manager to direct general operations and to administer board policies. Other county offices include the Register of Deeds, County Board of Elections, and the Sheriff’s Department. An elected Mayor and a four-person Town Board govern the town of Burnsville.


     There are more than 100 churches in Yancey County. Like much of North Carolina, the Baptist community has the largest congregation, yet an array of denominations are represented throughout the county. Many of the Yancey’s earliest churches and community cornerstones still mark the rural landscape.


     Mountain Heritage High School, Cane River Middle School, East Yancey Middle School, Arthur Morgan School, Bald Creek Elementary, Bee Log Elementary, Burnsville Elementary, Clearmont Elementary, Micaville Elementary, South Toe Elementary, and Yancey County Learning Academy.


Public Library
     The beautiful Yancey Public Library is built inside the renovated 1922 administration building of the Yancey Collegiate Institute. Later the building served the community as an elementary school.

Burnsville & Yancey County


Restaurants, Pubs, Coffee & Desserts


Mount Mitchell State Park

Things to Do

Mt Mitchell Crafts Fair

Burnsville Town Center

Bare Dark Sky Observatory

Special Events

Chamber Calendar of Events