Looking for a picturesque Western North Carolina town with proximity to outdoor activities and eclectic amenities? Mars Hill, N.C., has this and more. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, the town of Mars Hill (pop. 2,000) in Madison County sits only 15 miles north of the city attractions of Asheville, and it’s mere minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail.
Find your perfect Mars Hill home
Homes in Mars Hill offer a variety of styles and sizes to fit every taste and budget, from new green builds to established estates to easy-to-maintain condos. In addition, there are lots with plenty of acreage to create your dream mountain home.
There’s no shortage of outdoor activities in and around Mars Hill. Skiing, hiking, cycling, horseback riding and whitewater rafting are all popular pastimes in the area. National and state parks that are part of the Blue Ridge Mountains sit close to Mars Hill, making it easy to spend an afternoon immersed in nature.
Enjoy cultural offerings in Mars Hill
Mars Hill is also home to Mars Hill University, a private, co-ed, liberal-arts college. Mars Hill University, founded in 1856, is the oldest college or university in Western N.C., with a student body of around 1,500. With the town centered around the university, a great variety of cultural and intellectual events and entertainment is accessible to residents and visitors alike. Some events include:
· Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre performances at Mars Hill University’s Owen Theatre
· Monthly First Fridays, with food, music and art offerings from local downtown Mars Hill businesses
· The Hot Doggett 100 Cycling Tour annual bike ride, with three distances to choose from (July)
· The Mars Hill Heritage & Music Festival, celebrating mountain craft, music and dance (October)
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