Burnsville in Yancey County, NC is considered the "Heart of the Blue Ridge," as it is in the heart of the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains. Great activities with lovely scenic views are popular in this area, such as hiking and biking. Burnsville visitors and locals enjoy taking afternoon breaks with art walks among the many art galleries and craft tours. Banardsville is only about 40 minutes from Burnsville and the Pisgah National Forest.
Pisgah National Forest
State Hwy 80 S and Blue Ridge Pkwy
Burnsville, NC 28714
The Pisgah National Forest is located in western North Carolina, covering altogether more than 510,119 acres of the Appalachian Mountains, the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Balsam Mountain areas. Some of the mountains are over 6,000 feet in elevation at their summits.
Blue Ridge Parkway
199 Hemphill Knob Road
Asheville, NC 28803-8686
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a 469-mile highway leading across the lovely Blue Ridge Mountains and an area of over 70,000 acres of parkway. The height of elevation for the mountains in this area is 5,700 feet. The drive should be slow and relaxed to watch for the animals. Take a drive from your Barnardsville Inn to see the natural wildlife, fabulous views of the mountainous terrain and beautiful foliage. The park offers great hiking and biking options, with lovely views of the waterfalls.
Looking Glass Rock
Location: 25 miles southwest of Asheville or 5.5 miles northwest of Brevard.
Looking Glass Rock is known mostly for rock climbing. A climb is possible, but it can be strenuous and goes to a peak of 3,969 feet. At the very top, magnificent views can be seen of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Transylvania County.
Location: 8 miles north of US 276 towards the Blue Ridge Parkway near Brevard.
Sliding Rock is a natural 60-foot smooth water slide that starts from a waterfall plunging into a natural pool of water. Vacationers love this slide, as it is like no other experience. There are lifeguards on duty, usually from Memorial Day through August. It's definitely one of the top things to do when in the Burnsville area, close to your Barnardsville Bed and Breakfast.
Looking Glass Falls
Directions: When leaving Sliding Rock, drive down the 276 towards Brevard for a couple of miles (US 276 goes right by the falls).
You can see the falls by taking the steps and short trail at the base. This will give you a close up view. You can actually climb on the rocks under the falls to wade in the water. This must be done cautiously, of course. In the winter, the water freezes on its sides. When the sun shines on it, it gives the appearance of a glass mirror, which the name "Looking Glass Falls" is from. There is no entry fee to view the falls. Looking Glass Creek is a natural flow of water that runs by the large rock.