burnsville mapWelcome to Yancey County

A sightseer’s paradise, Yancey County is filled with indescribable landscapes adorned by magnificent natural wonders. Festivals and fairs bring laughter and music to the quaint town square of Burnsville, and scenic drives reveal artist’s studios and rustic barns punctuated with colorful quilt square murals.

No matter where you travel in Yancey County, North Carolina, the naturally inspiring beauty of our mountains is close by. With the highest average elevation of any county in North Carolina, we are home to six of the tallest peaks east of the Mississippi, including the highest, Mount Mitchell. Bordered by the Blue Ridge Parkway to the southeast and the Appalachian Trail to the northwest, the area is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. From lush forest lands to tumbling rivers, Yancey County provides countless opportunities for outdoor adventures. You’ll also discover working art and craft studios and art galleries tucked throughout our scenic mountains.