Location, Directions, & Maps

Mars Hill University is located in one of the most beautiful regions of the Eastern United States, the mountains of Western North Carolina. The town, which derives its name from the university, has a population of about 2,200. It is approximately 20 minutes north of Asheville, NC and approximately 45 minutes southwest of Johnson City, TN.

Asheville is the largest city in the western third of the state with a population of approximately 65,000. Asheville has the sophisticated attractions of a major metropolis and is known for its quality arts, crafts, and music offerings. The campus is also 10 miles east of Marshall, the county seat of Madison County.

From the 194-acre campus, which sits at an elevation of 2,330 feet, an inspiring panorama of lofty peaks may be viewed, including the Craggies and Clingman's Peak. Such scenic attractions as Mount Mitchell, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Craggy Gardens, Linville Falls and Cavern, Biltmore House and Gardens, Big Bald Mountain, and the Blue Ridge Parkway are within easy driving distance.

Directions

From Asheville:

  • Take Highway 19-23 (Future Interstate 26) north approximately 18 miles to Mars Hill.
  • Take Exit 11 and turn left off the on-ramp onto NC Hwy 213/Carl Eller Road.
  • Travel approximately 1 mile onto the campus of Mars Hill University.

From Johnson City:

  • Take Interstate 26 south approximately 42 miles to Mars Hill. (At the North Carolina line, Interstate 26 becomes Hwy 19-23/Future I-26).
  • Take Exit 11 and turn left off the on-ramp onto NC Hwy 213/Carl Eller Road.
  • Travel approximately 1 mile onto the campus of Mars Hill University.

Campus Map

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Campus Map

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