The residents of Mars Hill are proud, independent, and hard working and wish to see their community remain a good place to raise a family, work and enjoy life.
Their mission is to maintain the rural character and scenic beauty of the community, while at the same time, managing growth responsibly in order to sustain and enhance economic opportunities. Nestled in the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, Mars Hill is a wonderful place to live, work, shop, learn, and enjoy a leisurely pace and quality of life. The town is also near the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail, and many national and state parks and recreation areas. On a clear day, Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak in the eastern United States, is visible from town, and skiing, hiking, cycling, horseback riding and whitewater rafting are among the many easily accessible outdoor activities.
The Town of Mars Hill operates a variety of recreation experiences at its Recreation Park. Tennis courts, a ball field, outdoor basketball courts, a children's playground for ages toddler to 12 years, and a large swimming pool await the public. The Park also has picnic facilities adjacent to the pool and playground that is ideal for birthday parties and small gatherings. In addition, there is a 1/2 mile hiking trail around the college practice fields.
In 1856 Mars Hill, then called Pleasant Hill, was chosen in as the site for a college to serve young people throughout the region. In time the institution became Mars Hill University, and in 1893 the town of Mars Hill was formally chartered by the state of North Carolina.
The town is home to an excellent medical center, retirement center, elementary school, public library, recreation facilities, and cultural opportunities. Attractive residential neighborhoods reflect the pride of Mars Hill citizens in their historic town.