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About Burnsville, Madison & Yancey Counties

Madison County, located 15 miles north of Asheville, North Carolina, was formed in the mid-1850s, carved from Buncombe County and the western part of neighboring Yancey County. The town of Hot Springs – known for its long-visited mineral springs of the same name is situated in Madison County, along with the towns of Marshall and Mars Hill, which grew up around the establishment of Western North Carolina’s oldest university – Mars Hill College.

Madison’s northeastern neighbor, Yancy County, has the unique distinction of being home to five of the highest peaks east of the Mississippi (including Mt. Mitchell – the highest point in Eastern America. The county shares its northwestern Appalachian Mountain Ridge with Tennessee. The county seat, Burnsville, NC, is home to Parkway Playhouse and the Toe River Arts Council, both fine examples of the influence and importance of the arts in this area.

Stories from Burnsville, Madison & Yancey Counties

October 16, 2018
The Blue Ridge Parkway and surrounding mountain communities in both Virginia and North Carolina have a long and storied history as an arts and culture destination. Traditional artisans practice their crafts to this day, while up and coming artists forge ahead in new techniques and cutting edge creativity.
December 4, 2017
I remember a trip a few years ago (mid Oct 2012) where I was going to spend three days on the Blue…
November 27, 2017
“Three days, two lanes, and one spectacular fall road trip along the South’s most storied highway. Jason Frye, accompanied by his wife,…