Things to do in Burnsville NC

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Burnsville is a small town in North Carolina located at the foot of Mount Mitchell, the highest mountain in the country east of the Mississippi River. If you are planning to visit this part of the state, consider a trip here. Burnsville NC has a lot to do including hiking, golfing and visiting the beautiful downtown area. No matter where you spend your time, the views of Burnsville are some of the best in all of North Carolina.

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Historical visit

If you want to learn more about the history of this part of North Carolina, start with a walk through downtown Burnsville, with history and humor.

Things to do in Burnsville NC

You will discover the history (dating back to the 1700s) and the unusual stories of the inhabitants that have been passed down from generation to generation.

Things to do in Burnsville NC

A place not to be missed is the beautiful town square. This nature reserve is a pleasant place to picnic or listen to local groups.

Things to do in Burnsville NC

In the middle of the square is a statue of Otway Burns, the town’s namesake. He was an American soldier during the War of 1812 and later a senator from the state of North Carolina.

Visits take place Sunday through Friday at 11am in the summer and 1pm in the winter (weather permitting).

You can book your visit at [email protected] or by calling 828-208-0287.

Things to do in Burnsville NC

Downtown Brevard

Allow plenty of time to explore downtown Brevard, especially if you are not visiting the city.

Things to do in Burnsville NC

You will find many picturesque boutiques and eclectic shops as well as several cafes and restaurants.

Things to do in Burnsville NC

And you’ll find that there’s more to this city than just the shops. Art is everywhere, thanks to the Toe River Arts Council.

Things to do in Burnsville NC

You’ll find beautiful murals and exhibits at every turn, so be sure to take a stroll and get off the beaten path!

Things to do in Burnsville NC

Brewery Visit

There’s something about the mountain breweries of North Carolina. This mountain water makes a very good beer!

Things to do in Burnsville NC

In the heart of Burnsville, you’ll find Homeplace Brewer. This brewery uses local ingredients from Yancey County and surrounding areas to brew some of the best beers in this part of North Carolina.

The newly expanded brewery now has a dining room that serves wood-fired pizzas, wings and sandwiches.

Things to do in Burnsville NC

Before you leave, check the list of taps to see what you can try.

Things to do in Burnsville NC

Mount Mitchell State Park

One of the most popular things to do in Burnsville is to visit Mount Mitchell State Park.

Things to do in Burnsville NC

The highest peak east of the Mississippi, at 6,684 feet, offers the most beautiful view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

At the summit you will find an observation deck, a museum and several hiking trails to explore.

Mount Mitchell is part of the North Carolina Mountain Trail to the Sea. If you plan to hike in this area, be aware that it is quite intense. Don’t forget to bring good walking shoes and walking poles!

Things to do in Burnsville NC

Naked Starry Sky Observatory

One of the most unique things to do in Burnsville, NC, is to visit the Dark Sky Observatory at night.

Depending on the time of your arrival, you can see the moon, various planets and stars through a custom Newtonian telescope and learn about the night sky.

Dress for the weather as you will be spending the evening outside.

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Terrell House Bed and Breakfast

Located half a mile from Burnsville Place, this bed & breakfast is the perfect weekend getaway.

Historic home in Terrell with 6 bedrooms. All rooms have a private bathroom and Wi-Fi access.

Things to do in Burnsville NC

We stayed in Patricia’s room and found it comfortable and quiet.

Things to do in Burnsville NC

Like all good bed and breakfasts, this one offers a hearty and formal breakfast. You’ll be glad to have a good dinner to start your exploration of downtown Burnsville.

Things to do in Burnsville NC

Whatever way you choose to spend your time, I think you’ll find Burnsville a great place to get away from it all! With so much to do in Burnsville, it really is the perfect place for a vacation in the mountains of North Carolina.

Have you had a chance to visit Burnsville? What’s your favorite part?

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