Property Entrance is one mile from Mt Mitchell Golf Course, 3 miles from Carolina Hemlock Park for trout fishing, swimming & tubing on the South Toe River, four miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway and 15 miles from Mt Mitchell State Park. 

Pricing for 152 acres with unfinished 45′ Concrete Aidome on full basement

is reduced from $650,000 to $475,000

Appraisal for the 152 acres is $660,000 without dome.  Appraisal & Contour Maps are below.

Consider staying in Celo Inn 4.3 miles from property entrance while you view the property & the area.

Please call D’Ann Ford with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty – office  828.277.3238 or cell 828-774-0288

or  June Jerome with June Jerome Realty at 828-675-9536 

Climate – From early April to mid November our climate is just about ideal. Normal summertime morning temperatures range between 55 and 60 degrees. Daytime temperatures hover around 80. Our spring and fall weather requires a sweater till mid morning. This mild climate produces blooming wild flowers from March to November. It has been said that this is where springtime spends the summer.

Below is a Video and Photo Gallery containing pics of the property, front entrance, stream with small water fall, area restaurants, Golf Course, area State Parks, etc.


REVISED PHOTO GALLERY w’ Pics of  local area & Mt Mitchell Golf Course 

Please click on the white arrow on right middle side to advance thru the gallery. 




The exterior of the dome is fire resistant steel reinforced concrete. 

APPRAISAL OF THE 152 ACRES – $660,000 

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With purchase of 152 acres receive free 45′ Aidome kit assembled on full basement with permanent power (dome value is $100,070 to its current rough framing, plumbing and electrical stage – see chart below listing all costs incurred) 

In the drone video above there are other views of the 45′ Concrete Dome. 

Below is a photo of the dome & its driveway, plan pdfs and a Chart listing Actual Costs incurred on dome & basement.

Below are floor plan layouts of the unfinished concrete dome showing 1,454 sq.ft. in the basement, 1,443 sq.ft. on the dome’s first floor and 686 sq.ft. on the second floor for a total square footage 3,583.  The two floors inside the dome have 2,129 sq.ft.   The dome has permanent power.   

The building department that governs the 152 acres and the unfinished 45’ dome on full basement is Yancey County.  The building official’s name who grants new home building permits & completes the inspections for Yancey County is Neil McCurry whose work number is 828-682-7833, Cell is 828-284-5866.  I talked with him not long ago and he said due to permanent power to the 45’ dome, if the bathroom and kitchen were finished a person could live in the dome as they finished it. He said an RV can be parked on the property while the dome is being finished. I explained about selling the unfinished dome As Is.  He said the finishing of the dome can be handled under a Remodel Permit where he would come out and do a visual inspection and determine what inspections would be needed.  I asked him if the buyer of the dome wanted to change any framing how would that be handled?  He said the original building plans could be revised to show the changes. Any changes would be clouded with new set of building plans submitted showing the changes.  He said there is no need to have a North Carolina licensed engineer seal on the revised plans – this saves $900.  

I also have talked with the local engineer here in Florida who would review any floor plan layout changes to the unfinished 45’ dome to see if and how the changes could be accomplished.  Because the dome is on a basement the load of the dome first floor and second floor is carried into the basement and is supported by either basement interior framed walls or basement posts.  If any basement framed walls are removed then the engineer will calculate load and determine where basement posts would need to be installed on a load bearing footing to support the load of the dome first and second floor.  His fee to review the changes and give solutions is $200.  My companies fee to revise the building plans to show the new layout and include details from the Engineer is $400.  The finished plan pdfs would be emailed to the dome buyer so they can have sets of building plans printed locally and submit one set to Yancey County Building Department.   

If the property buyer does not want to finish the Aidome for a home or guest house, it could be used as is for parking, work shop, storage, etc. 

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CONTOUR MAPS OF THE PROPERTY – 10407 State Hwy 80 South  Burnsville NC 28714

To view a contour map showing the entire 152 acres, click on the pdf  below named Contour Map All In One.  Because the font is small, to view the contour map in greater detail, we have divided it into six sections.   If the six pdfs (named Contour Map 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6) are printed and taped together,  it is easier to read the contour elevation numbers, notes, surrounding property owner names, etc.   The contour maps are below this listing and show:

  1. Elevation contours with feet
  2. Dimensions of the property on each side in feet
  3. Adjacent to State Hwy 80 South and along the gravel road is 1.780 acres within the 151.92 acres
  4. Gravel Roads
    1. Length of the gravel road from Hwy 80 to 45’ dome driveway is 1,486 feet long
    2. The driveway to the 45’ dome is approx. 188 feet long
    3. Gravel road from 45’ dome driveway up the hill is approx. 1,983 feet long
  5. Location of a branch/creek and a concrete bridge over the creek with 72” culvert pipe
  6. Location of a stream which is on the northern part of the property. Location of the stream is per Yancey County Gis mapping.
  7. 45’ dome on a full basement with approx. location of its septic system and electric pole.
    1. Electric pole installed by French Broad (area electric company) for $7,000.
    2. Septic tank and drain field installed by Randy Myers Construction, Inc for cost of $6,415 (Permit $435, septic/drain field $5,980)
  8. Location of a partial concrete block basement which was built for a 34’ dome
  9. Location of another electric pole
  10. Location of a 300’ well. Cost $2,750.
  11. The property owners starting at top of our property and going clock wise:
    1. North border on left: Clear Creek Ranch (Toe River Ranch LLC) – 56.97 acres – Dude Ranch
    2. US Forest Service 2,413 acres
    3. John Lawrence Gibbs Jr & Madelyn D. Gibbs (Mr. Gibbs passed away in 2015) – 72.69 acres.
    4. Skorman Family Trust – two parcels each are 8.92 acres for total of 17.84 acres
    5. River Run South Toe LLC  148.45 acres
    6. 1.78 acres abutting Hwy 80 owned by Busick
    7. 3 lots which we sold
    8. Dale Gibbs – parcel with green roof house – 23 acres
    9. Boosey – long strip with white structure – 7.3 acres
    10. Fazlin – 3.78 acres
    11. Cox – 1.20 acres
    12. Lot Reservoir for Eagles Nest


at 3,400 ft elevation – four miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway- one mile from Mt Mitchell Golf Course & three miles from Carolina Hemlock Park

“Where Springtime Spends the Summer”

In Western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountain’s Countryside

(30 min from Marion, Burnsville & Spruce Pine NC)

One Hour from Asheville, NC.   15 miles from Mt. Mitchell State Park

Call D’Ann Ford with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty – office  828.277.3238 or cell 828-774-0288

or  June Jerome with June Jerome Realty at 828-675-9536 or email

The Aidome and 152 acres is in the Blue Ridge Province of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and is four miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway and one mile from Mount Mitchell Golf Course.

Per Wikipedia, the Black Mountains are a mountain range in western North Carolina, in the southeastern United States. They are part of the Blue Ridge Province of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The Blacks are the highest mountains in the Eastern United States. The range takes its name from the dark appearance of the red spruce and Fraser fir trees on the upper slopes which contrasts with the brown (during winter) or lighter green (during the growing season) appearance of the deciduous trees at lower elevations. The Eastern Continental Divide, which runs along the eastern Blue Ridge crest, intersects the southern tip of the Black Mountain range.

The Black Mountains (named for the dark spruce trees in the area) are home to Mount Mitchell State Park, which protects the range’s highest summit and adjacent summits in the north-central section of the range. Much of the range is also protected by the Pisgah National Forest. The Blue Ridge Parkway passes along the range’s southern section, and is connected to the summit of Mount Mitchell by North Carolina Highway 128. The Black Mountains are mostly located in Yancey County, although the range’s southern and western extremes are part of Buncombe County.   Mount Mitchell State Park is 15 miles from the property entrance.  Blue Ridge Parkway is four miles from the 152 acre property entrance.

Have you dreamed of living in an American Ingenuity (Ai) dome?  Are you tired of your state’s hot summers?  Desire investment property?  Then purchase this amazing pristine property and unfinished Aidome and relax in the coolness of the 3,400 feet elevation of the North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, play golf one mile away at the four and one half star Mount Mitchell Golf Course  or trout fish/tube/swim at the nearby Black Mountain Campground.  Hike the Blue Ridge Parkway trails,  view the gorgeous autumn foliage, visit the Parkway water falls,Mount Mitchell State Park or the surrounding quaint small towns and sights of Asheville – Biltmore Estate & its Gardens.   During the winter ski in Boone North Carolina.

Enjoy hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway trails, having picnics at the water falls, eating at local cafes in Little Switzerland, attending live theater performances in Asheville, skiing in Boone and becoming friends with the amazing local residents.  At the bottom of this article is a listing of some of the sights on the Blue Ridge Parkway and area attractions.

This 152 acres and unfinished dome is an eleven hour drive from central Florida & New York City and is one mile off the Blue Ridge Parkway & the eastern continental divide, 30 minutes from Marion, Burnsville & Spruce Pine North Carolina and one hour from Asheville.  Within one half mile is a country general store and a fire station. The Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine is within 30 minutes.  The dome is nestled in the oaks and hemlocks.  Seen on the property: northern flying squirrel, saw-whet owl, white-tailed deer and gray fox.  Mount Mitchell State Park (1,946-acre park on the highest peak east of the Mississippi, with camping, hiking & panoramic views) is 12 miles away where bird watchers have recorded 91 species in the park. Birds more characteristic of New England and Canada—including winter wrens, slate-colored juncos, red crossbills and golden-crowned kinglets—nest at these high altitudes. Spring and summer bring the drumming of ruffed grouse. From the observation tower, visitors can often see peregrine falcons whipping past.

The dome was built from an American Ingenuity (Ai) concrete dome building kit. 

The Ai Dome is Ideal for a Vacation Home or Permanent Residence for Several Reasons:

  • Unique design that results in a fun home to visit and possibly rent out the dome when the property owners are not home.
  • Dome nestles into a wooded setting without concern of a tree impact on concrete dome or that a forest fire will burn the concrete exterior. See Ai’s  tree impact linfor info about 30” in diameter hickory tree falling on dome with dome suffering no damage. The concrete dome exterior is noncombustible so exterior is fire resistant. As a matter of fact all the materials in the dome prefab panel are noncombustible (concrete, galvanized steel, drywall and EPS).
  • Super energy efficiency: The 7” ridge, nontoxic Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) insulation is comparable to 11” of fiberglass batting and is not interrupted by wood. The dome walls and roof have 30% less surface area than a conventional house; expect heating and cooling costs to be 50% to 60% less than conventional housing. As a result during winter time, if you are not living in it year round, the dome requires very little heat to keep the water pipes from freezing.

To view photos of a Florida 34’ dome home and it’s electric bills, showing where it can be cool for less than $30 a month in the hot Florida summer months, click on 34’ dome. By the way it is even easier to heat an Ai dome than to cool one.

  • Low Exterior Maintenance: The Ai dome has less exterior maintenance than a conventional framed house. The dome’s exterior is a shell of continuous concrete with incredible durability with nothing to rot, rust, warp, be eaten by termites or be damaged by fungus, molds and insects. The exterior concrete is primed and painted with no shingles or separate roofing to blow off in high winds. Normal maintenance is to pressure wash and paint every 4-6 years. The dome’s expanded polystyrene insulation will not shrink, deteriorate, absorb moisture or relinquish its R-value.  To view a summary of advantages, click on Advantages.



Q: Why did the founder of American Ingenuity in 1975 decide on the dome shape for his commercial dome to be built in Melbourne Florida?  

AThe dome, or partial sphere, is a geometric form that encloses the greatest amount of volume with the least amount of surface area.Historically, massive domes constructed of stones, brick or concrete were common in ancient Greece and Rome. In modern times, Buckminster Fuller was the first to formulate geodesic principles for constructing a spherical surface by triangular subdivision. However nearly all of Fuller’s domes were built from wood framing with shingled roofs.

Ai’s founder, Michael Busick, did not want to build his Florida commercial dome out of wood and shingles because termites eat wood, hurricane force winds rip off shingles and a wood dome has an increased shingled roof area causing expensive reroofing costs every 11 or 12 years.  Instead Mr. Busick hired a University of Miami architectural professor, engineering students and director of the Florida Solar Energy Center to come up with building materials specifically to build the geodesic dome. The materials were concrete, mesh and expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation. Back in 1976 the first Ai dome was built by propping up precut EPS panels, hand tying road mesh on the exterior of the EPS and guniting concrete on to the exterior.  Mr. Busick soon learned that guniting concrete over the entire exterior surface was a waste of concrete and labor.  This is why he invented Ai’s prefab panel and received a patent.  Building an Ai dome from prefab concrete panels makes construction easier than stick built construction or pumping concrete on to an airform and results in the dome exterior having a 225 mph wind and F4 tornado guarantee and super-energy efficiency.

The process of stacking the panels, overlapping/locking the steel mesh of adjacent panels and filling the panel seams with special fiber concrete, produces 1) the structural components of the home; 2) the finished concrete surface; and 3) installs all the R28 insulation.  Ai’s component panel building system is the most simplified way to build a commercial or residential building on the market today.  

During the past decade the buying public has experienced a substantial increase in the cost of construction, the cost of energy and the cost of borrowing. As a result, there has been increased interest in the use of technology to help address these concerns. In the last decade, many people have discovered that the dome design offers a viable solution.

As a building concept, geodesic dome construction translates into a highly comfortable and livable building that has a maximum of floor area enclosed by a minimum of materials. These features combine superior strength and cost-effectiveness in a single structure. In short, the building concept of a dome expands the range of simple and economic building options.

Manufactured domes are constructed using a triangular network to form a spherical shape. This method provides for a free span, self-supporting structure requiring no internal supports such as roof load bearing partition walls. This allows for maximum flexibility of floor plan design and utilization of interior space.

As an architectural form, the dome is one of the strongest structural forms devised and built by man. Domes that were built centuries ago enclose many of the great cathedrals of Europe. Domes are structurally superior to rectilinear enclosures. The partial sphere is an aerodynamic shape that is very stable in high winds and can withstand heavy snow loads. For these reasons, domes greatly exceed the structural requirements of the major building codes in the United States.  Ai gives a 225 mph wind and EF4 Tornado warranty on the dome exterior walls.  The interrupted R28 insulation causes cooling and heating bills to be 50% to 60% less than the same size conventional structure.  In the Ai dome there is no wood in or on the exterior shell to interrupt the insulation, to rot, or to burn or for termites to eat.  There is no roof to replace every 11-12 years. The exterior concrete is painted  4-5-6 years with breathable elastomeric paint.

One of the most exciting architectural environments ever designed, a dome brings its best attributes to your commercial or residential needs.  It delivers a rewarding living experience filled with warmth, light and open space to those who choose to build a dome.

Area information

  1. Property is located in  Yancey County government center’s official web site.
  2. Blue Ridge Regional Hospital is 30 minutes away in Spruce Pine and is part of the Mission Health System of North Carolina.  In Asheville there is an Asheville VA Medical Center and Mission Health System.  See below for a paragraph about Mission Health System.
  3. When arranging to view the dome, check out Priceline’s Motel Listing for Burnsville NC or motels in Marion North Carolina
  4. Lowes Home Improvement store is 30 minutes away in Marion NC.  480 US 70 West, Marion, NC 28752. Phone:(828) 659-5960.
  5. Towns of Burnsville, Marion and Spruce Pine are 30 minutes away from the dome. There is a Super Walmart Store in Spruce Pine.
  6. Asheville North Carolina is one hour from the dome and has been ranked No. 12 Best Place To Live In America  because of its culture, sites, live theater,  gallery hopping, antique shopping, trekking along the Appalachian Trail and more.  Asheville is a city in western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s known for its vibrant arts scene and historic architecture, including the dome-topped Basilica of Saint Lawrence and the vast 19th-century Biltmore estate, displaying artwork by masters like Renoir. Its Downtown Art District is filled with galleries and museums, and in the nearby River Arts District, former factory buildings house artists’ studios.  However why live in the hustle, bustle of a large city, live in quietness and tranquility in this country side setting and visit Asheville at your convenience.  
  7. About Blue Ridge Regional Hospital:  (number 828-766-2900) isbased in Spruce Pine, N.C., is a not-for-profit hospital and serves Mitchell, Yancey, lower Avery and upper McDowell counties. Blue Ridge Regional Hospital has provided excellent health care services for the region since 1955. Cleverley & Associates has recognized Blue Ridge Regional Hospital as a Community Value 5-Star Hospital for 10 consecutive years.
    1. Medical specialties offered by Blue Ridge include emergency services, OB services, critical care, rehabilitation services and fitness center, cancer services, orthopedics, general surgical services, pain management, pediatrics, family medicine, sleep disorders and wound care.
    2. In addition, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital offers clinics for the following specialties: allergy and asthma; cardiology, dermatology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology; ophthalmology and kidney care (nephrology).   Blue Ridge Regional Hospital employs 450 people.
    3. Blue Ridge Regional Hospital is part of Mission Health, based in Asheville, N.C., is the state’s sixth-largest health system and the region’s only not-for-profit, independent community hospital system governed and managed exclusively in western North Carolina.  Mission Health, which traces its roots in the region back to 1885, operates six hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, post-acute care provider CarePartners, and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center.  Its medical staff consists of more than 1,000 physicians and is certified in more than 50 medical specialties and sub-specialties.
    4. Mission Health has seven Centers of Excellence: Cancer, Heart, Mission Children’s Hospital, Neurosciences, Orthopedics, Trauma and Women’s Health.Blue Ridge Parkway Sites & Area Attractions


Carolina Hemlocks Recreation Area & Campground – 3 miles from property entrance

Carolina Hemlocks Recreation Area campsites are cool-misty havens under an abundance of Hemlock and hardwood shade.  The South Toe River runs nearby with opportunities to fish, tube and swim.  Site is located at 6000 Hwy 80 S. Burnsville NC 28714

Stay at Carolina Hemlocks and experience some of the best camping in NC!  The beautiful South Toe River runs alongside the campground, creating a great place to swim, trout fish and tube. The campground has sites available for both tents and RV’s, some sites with river views. Located in the Appalachian District of the Pisgah National Forest, Carolina Hemlocks is just a short drive from Mount Mitchell State Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Looking for a taste of the unique?  Asheville is only one hour away. Escape the hustle and bustle – Charlotte and Atlanta are only a few hours away.  Camping in NC is the best way to spend a vacation, getaway or special occasion!

River and Stream Fishing:    Fishing is popular in the Carolina Hemlocks. Rainbow and brown trout are the most common catch. By Carolina Hemlocks, the river is hatchery supported and changes to wild trout waters upstream, with a stretch of catch and release, artificial flies only in the vicinity of Black Mountain Campground. Watch for the state regulation signs posted along the river. A state fishing license is required.

Overview:   Carolina Hemlocks Recreation Area sits in the scenic mountains of Pisgah National Forest. This is a great place for small to medium-sized groups to swim, fish, tube, hike, camp, picnic and simply relax in the cool shade of the forest.

Natural Features:  As the name suggests, Carolina Hemlocks Recreation Area is shaded by a thick hemlock forest with a mix of deciduous trees and rhododendrons. The facility is adjacent to the South Toe River and sits at an elevation of 2,900 feet.

Recreation:  The river provides endless hours of fun for families and water enthusiasts, including swimming and tubing. Anglers can also try their luck for trout and smallmouth bass from the shore. Picnickers will enjoy relaxing in the shaded picnic shelter set amidst the deep woods. After eating, visitors can take a leisurely walk along a one-mile trail or get a workout on a 3.8-mile trail.

Facilities:  Carolina Hemlocks Recreation Area offers 32 primitive campsites, sites equipped with picnic tables, tent pads, lantern posts and campfire rings with grills. The facility provides hot showers and restrooms with flush toilets. Campers can purchase firewood, ice, tee shirts, souvenirs and rent tubes.

Nearby Attractions: Visitors can enjoy scenic driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway or hiking in Mount Mitchell State Park.

Mt Mitchell Golf Course – 1 mile from property entrance

The Mount Mitchell Golf Club offers a variety of challenges to the visiting golfer. The course is a four and one half star rating by Golf Digest’s “Places to Play.” Golfweek Magazine ranked Mount Mitchell Golf Course #11 in 2016 – NC “Best in State.” It features bent grass from tee to green, is virtually flat, has a pristine river flowing through it and awesome views on every shot. Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, one hour from Asheville, Mount Mitchell Golf Club remains a favorite golfers’ haven.

Lodging Rentals:  On site accommodations are available as follows: Two and three bedroom town homes on 18th fairway, private homes throughout the golf community, from two to five bedrooms and one and two bedroom units on the eighth fairway with a spectacular view of Mount Mitchell.    Lodging rooms now available.

Our Dining Room is managed by Chef Brian Greene and April Buchanan. Hawtree’s Grill and Pub is open Monday-Saturday for Dinner. Chef Brian is available to set up Special Occasion Dining for families and groups. Outdoor Dining is available with entertainment on certain weekends and by request. Schedule subject to change.

Climate – From early April to mid November our climate is just about ideal. Normal summertime morning temperatures range between 55 and 60 degrees. Daytime temperatures hover around 80. Our spring and fall weather requires a sweater till mid morning. This mild climate produces blooming wild flowers from March to November. It has been said that this is where springtime spends the summer.

Shopping –   Shoppers will be delighted by the unique local shops in downtown Burnsville. Local craftsmen produce some of the finest glassware, woven goods, wood products and pottery in the country.

Activities in Local Area         

Hiking to waterfalls, cruising the Blue Ridge Parkway 2 miles away ( Motorcycle groups and clubs welcome with condo capacity of 44 people ), Gemstone mining and abundant craft studios and shops, Excellent summer theater schedule at the Parkway Playhouse in Burnsville.

Hiking, Tennis, Theater, Gemstones

Trail hiking, tennis, gemstone mining and excellent summer stock theatre offers a variety of “things to do.”

Seasonal Horseback Riding   Visit for more information.

Trophy Trout Fishing
In addition to golf on our 18 hole course, the fisherman will be delighted with the South Toe River that runs through the development and course. It is brimming with trophy native brown and rainbow trout. Fishing guide service available for individuals or groups.  Permits are available for guests to purchase.

Mt. Mitchell State Park – 15 miles from property entrance

This land on the crest of the Black Mountains was the first in North Carolina to be designated as a State Park in 1915. Since then Mt. Mitchell has had five structures erected on its summit to commemorate it as the tallest peak east of the Mississippi River at 6,684 feet of elevation.  Now there is a brand new observation tower on its summit.    Lofty Mount Mitchell, near Burnsville, North Carolina, rises to an elevation of 6,684 feet and is the highest mountain east of the Mississippi River. The mountain is the centerpiece of the 1,946-acre Mount Mitchell State Park, which is easily accessible off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Mount Mitchell State Park offers numerous hiking trails as well as a museum, restaurant, concession stand and gift shop. An observation deck, accessible by wheelchair, offers breathtaking panoramic views.   Mount Mitchell State Park contains extensive spruce-fir forest, an ecosystem that is common in northern climes but which is only found in a narrow band in the Appalachian Mountains. This natural community is characterized by evergreens, particularly red spruce and Fraser fir.    Some of the uncommon animals that inhabit Mount Mitchell are the endangered northern flying squirrel, New England cottontail, bobcat, and many species of salamanders. Some of the birds that breed here are more typical of northern conifer forests: red-breasted nuthatch, brown creeper, and golden-crowned kinglet.

From its easily accessible observation deck, the spruce-fir forest of Mount Mitchell State Park leads the eye to unmatched views. A museum explains the mountain’s cultural and natural history, and its trail network allows visitors to explore up close, offering short hikes near the summit and challenging treks leading to adjacent wilderness areas. A nine-site tent campground is open in warm-weather months, and backpacking opportunities abound, including entry onto the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail. A concession area and a full-service restaurant serve visitors from May to October.

The Parkway Playhouse in Burnsville

See musicals and plays from late spring through fall at the longest continually-operating seasonal theater in North Carolina. Ticket prices for adults range from only $18-$22 per show.

Burnsville NC – 30 min from Property has annual fall Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair

This small town of about 1,700 people is nestled in a valley surrounded by the highest peaks in eastern America, including Mt. Mitchell. It’s small downtown is dominated by the Town Square with towering trees. Burnsville is located 35 miles northeast of Asheville, along the Mt. Mitchell Scenic Byway.

August 3-4, 2018  – The Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair transforms the streets around Burnsville’s town square into a wonderland for craft and art lovers, with 200 juried crafters displaying nearly every kind of handmade craft imaginable. Burnsville is located 35 miles northeast of Asheville and is near Mt. Mitchell, along the Mt. Mitchell Scenic Byway.

The annual fall Yancey County Dream Home Tour benefits Mayland Community College and features showcase homes in and around Burnsville.

Our favorite dining spot downtown is the Garden Deli with a fantastic array of high quality sandwiches, plus dinner entrées on weekend nights (closed Sundays). Their beautiful outdoor dining is right on the Town Square, surrounded by lush plantings and flowers.

Many love to drive around to find the area’s 200 Quilt Blocks installed on the sides of barns and buildings throughout the countryside and villages. Nine driving trails take you to view the vividly painted squares. In downtown Burnsville, see the Quilt Block Sundial, the largest vertical sundial in North Carolina and the only quilt block sundial in the world, on the side of the Yancey Common Times Journal building near the Town Square.

The eight-foot by eight-foot wooden structure features three sets of numbers for telling time: for daylight savings time, for standard time and one for local apparent time. A plaque beside the block explains how to use the sundial.

Blue Ridge Parkway Mile Marker 344 is 4 miles from property entrance

The Blue Ridge Parkway is America’s most visited National Park unit and is known as “America’s favorite drive.” Its 469 miles connect the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Along the way, the Blue Ridge Parkway offers stunning views of the Blue Ridge mountains, forests, and pastoral landscapes, with abundant hiking trails, picnic areas, campgrounds, and interpretive signage

The lead designer of the famous roadway, Stanley Abbott, was a landscape architect, not an engineer. Influenced by Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of New York’s Central Park and the grounds of Biltmore Estate, Abbott dreamed of creating a park-like environment as well as a road. Today, the completed Blue Ridge Parkway is a remarkable testament to his vision and is enjoyed by millions of visitors each year. It is certainly the most famous of all North Carolina’s scenic drives.

  • LITTLE SWITZERLAND RESTAURANT   Located at mile post 334 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Chalet Restaurant overlooking the scenic mountains of North Carolina serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Beer, wine, and mixed beverages are available.  Open end of April through first week in November?   1-828-765-2153
  • J & J’s Grill on the Green.   One mile from property entrance is located in the South Toe River Valley along side State Highway 80 South.  Casual dining right next the MtMitchell Golf Club. Enjoy an evening watching the golfers come in on the 18th hole from the outside deck with a spectacular view of the Black Mountains. Delicious American and Bavarian food, beer, wine and homemade desserts. Open all week except Tuesday, 5 pm – 9 pm.  Closed in winter.  828-675-1400.   J& J’s is conveniently located just 2 miles north of the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile post 344 and are the closest restaurant to Mt. Mitchell State Park.  Two National Park campgrounds are within minutes of J & J’s – the Carolina Hemlocks Campground and the Black Mountain Campground where you can hike along some of the most beautiful scenic trails found in North Carolina.  The restaurant is within walking distance of the Roaring Fork Waterfall which is listed as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the state.
  • YOUNGS’ MOUNTAIN MUSIC   A must to experience the local flavor and enjoy the mountain music.  Each Saturday night local talent and professionals get 30 minutes on stage and play banjo, fiddle, guitar, piano, etc.  Open 7pm-11pm, donations accepted.  Save room for homemade pie.  Sometimes in the summer, they have fish fries at dinner time.  Open year round.  Take Hwy 80 north to Micaville, turn right onto 19E and go 3 ½ – 4 miles.  Just after the Mitchell County sign, look for their flashing sign on the left.  The music hall is a ½ block north of the highway.
  • THE TOWN OF BURNSVILLE  A quaint small town with a square, antique shops, gift shops, old timey hardware stores, gourmet luncheon restaurant, grocery store and more.  Off Highway 19.  Yancey County Chamber of Commerce.
  • THE TOWN OF MARION  A small town with a Food Lion grocery store, ABC liquor store, Walmart and more.  Approx. 20 miles southeast of cabin.  South on Hwy 80, turn left onto Hwy 70.  McDowell County Chamber of Commerce.
  • WILLIAM EFFLER’S GENERAL STORE  Located in the little town of Busick about three miles from property entrance.  This store has general food items and gasoline.  During most seasons the produce is irresistible.
  • COACH HOUSE Seafood & Steak Restaurant  Go to the east end of Hwy 80, turn right onto Hwy 70W & proceed to the town of Black Mountain.  The restaurant is on the main road at 508 W. State St. Black Mountain, NC.   Phone: 828-669-4223.  Lunch Tues-Fri. Open Tues-Wed-Thurs 11am to 9pm, Fri 11am-9:30pm, Sat 3pm-9:30pm, Sun 11:30am-8pm, Closed Monday.  Beer available.  Excellent food at unheard of low prices.  Open year round. (This area offers lots of restaurants & shops).
  • TROUT FARM  A trout farm is approx approx. 5 miles south on Hwy 80.  They provide the poles and bait and anyone can catch your limit.  May be closed for lack of water or after October.
  • SWINGING BRIDGE  Going North on Hwy 80 just past the golf course, the first turn is to the left and the bridge is in the next right turn.  Check out the variety of river rocks near this wood bridge, some glitter with mineral Mica.  The river is named “South Toe”.
  • HIKING TRAILS  Along the parkway and at many of the overlooks are hiking trails.  The first overlook south of Hwy 80 exit, has an excellent trail.  In route you will pass through the twin tunnels and get a look at the inside of the mountain.
  • MOUNT MITCHELL FOUR AND ONE HALF STAR GOLF COURSE & PRO SHOP  Open April thru November?  18 holes of golf including cart use:   7590 Hwy 80 South. Phone: 828-675-5454.  From their web site: The Mount Mitchell Golf Club offers a variety of challenges to the visiting golfer. The course is a four and one half star rating by Golf Digest’s “Places to Play.” North Carolina Magazine ranked Mount Mitchell in the top ten public courses in the state. It features bent grass from tee to green, is virtually flat, has a pristine river flowing through it and awesome views on every shot. Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, one hour from Asheville, Mount Mitchell Golf Club remains a favorite golfers’ haven.
  • BILTMORE ESTATE (Located in Asheville)  Features America’s largest residence.  Open year round except Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Years.  Beautiful Christmas displays. Phone: 800-411-3812 admission about $25 each person.
  • THE BLOWING ROCK & CHIMNEY ROCK PARK  Two natural perches that provide striking views of the Southern Highlands.  Admission. Blowing Rock: 828-298-7111; Chimney Rock: 800-277-9611.
  • GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN  Located near the town of Linville, featuring hiking trails, picnic areas, natural museum, theater.  Open year-round.  Admission: 800-468-7325.
  • “HORN IN THE WEST”   An outdoor drama stages in Boone each summer, portraying the struggle of rugged mountain settlers & their role in the American Revolution.  Admission: 828-264-2120.
  • MAST GENERAL STORE One of the best remaining examples of an old general store.  630 West King Street. Boone, NC 28607.  828-262-0000.
  • RAFTING  This can be an exciting family experience on such area rivers as the French Broad, Nolichucky & Nantahala.  A good selection of outfitters includes Carolina Wilderness. Phone: 800-872-7437.
  • SKIING  Boone, NC has Sugar Mountain., Beech Mountain.; and Wolf Laurel, NC has skiing.

MILE MARKER ATTRACTIONS…along the Blue Ridge Parkway 

The property entrance is around four miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway’s mile marker 344

240   Doughton Park Restaurant-(Bringer Cabin Historic Site)

293   Moses Cone Memorial Park-(Historic Site-Parkway Craft Center)

297   Julian Price Memorial Park

305   Line Cove Viaduct-Last link of Blue Ridge Pkwy-Visitor Center on south side

318   Linville Falls Visitor Ctr.-Waterfalls

331 Museum of NC Minerals Visitor Center

333   Little Switzerland-Across from the Post Office, downhill from the exit is a restaurant, used bookstore & more.

342   Crabtree Meadows-Restaurant, Picnic Area and Coffee Shop

344   Buck Creek Gap-(Hwy 80 intersection to Dome Cabin)-Hiking trail off the north side-  FACT: The Eastern Continental Divide passes through here.  A rain drop landing on one side will eventually flow into the Atlantic Ocean and the other side will flow into the Gulf.

344.5 Twin Tunnels

355    Mt. Mitchell State Park- Restaurant and Picnic Area- FACT: Mt. Mitchell is the highest elevation in eastern America, 6,684 ft.

364    Craggy Gardens Visitor Ctr.- Picnic Area and Waterfalls

384    Folk Art Center- Craft center, for programs call (828) 298-0495.

408    Mt. Pisgah- Beautiful hiking trails, Restaurant, Camp Store and Picnic Area

469    Great Smokey Mountains National Park

The Blue Ridge Parkway in NC – More than just a Scenic Drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains  

Check out the Blue Ridge Parkway “Spring Milepost” Travel Planner for more information on the Blue Ridge Mountains and its Musicial Traditions.

Two hundred fifty-two miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway wind from the town of Cherokee, NC to the Virginia border. Some of the main Parkway attractions include:

Hiking and scenic walks. With over 100 hiking trails, the Parkway offers everything from a short leg-stretch to a challenging cross-country trek. Some popular trails are:

  • Cumberland Knob, milepost 217.5.
  • Linville Gorge and Falls, milepost 316.3.
  • Crabtree Falls, milepost 339.5 – 340.3.
  • Mount Mitchell State Park, milepost 355.4.
  • Craggy Gardens, milepost 364.4.
  • Mt. Pisgah, milepost 408.6.
  • Looking Glass Rock, milepost 417.
  • Graveyard Fields, milepost 418.8.
  • Devil’s Courthouse, milepost 422.4.
  • Mount Hardy, milepost 422.8.
  • Richland Balsam, milepost 431.

Camping. Parkway campgrounds are often not crowded and, at higher elevations, can be delightfully cool in the summertime. They include:

  • Julian Price Memorial Park, milepost 295.
  • Crabtree Meadows and Falls, milepost 339.5 – 340.3.
  • Mt. Pisgah, milepost 408.6.

Historic and interpretive sites. A number of historic homes, Revolutionary War sites, and interpreted natural and cultural sites can enrich the traveler’s journey. Among them are:

  • Brinegar Cabin, milepost 238.5.
  • Ben Long Frescoes at Glendale Springs, milepost 258-259.
  • Cradle of Forestry, 4 miles from milepost 411on US 276 South
  • Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and Parkway Craft Center, milepost 294.
  • Museum of North Carolina Minerals, milepost 331.
  • Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, milepost 331.
  • Mount Mitchell State Park, milepost 355.4.
  • Folk Art Center, milepost 382.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, milepost 384.

Restaurants and visitor services:

  • Linn Cove Viaduct Information Center, milepost 304.4.
  • Craggy Gardens Visitor Center, milepost 364.4.
  • Pisgah Inn and Restaurant, milepost 408.6.
  • Waterrock Knob Visitor Information Center, milepost 451.2.

The National Park Service offers ranger-led activities and evening campfire programs at various locations.

The town of Cherokee, NC at milepost 455.7, is the southern entrance to the Parkway and the North Carolina gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Qualla Boundary is the home of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is also a favorite ride for bicyclists and bikers.  A good Blue Ridge Parkway Guide can also be found at

The Parkway is open year-round, but sections may be closed in winter due to ice and snow. There are websites that provide real-time road closure information. Year-round attractions located on the Parkway include the Museum of North Carolina Minerals near Spruce Pine and the Folk Art Center and Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center in Asheville. For information on road conditions, call (828) 298-0398.