Mills River, North Carolina

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Mills River, North Carolina
Mills River is located in North Carolina
Mills River
Mills River
Mills River is located in the US
Mills River
Mills River
Coordinates: 35°23′18″N 82°34′0″W / 35.38833°N 82.56667°W / 35.38833; -82.56667Coordinates: 35°23′18″N 82°34′0″W / 35.38833°N 82.56667°W / 35.38833; -82.56667
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Henderson
 • Total 22.5 sq mi (58.4 km2)
 • Land 22.4 sq mi (58.0 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation 2,080 ft (630 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 6,802
 • Estimate (2016)[1] 7,168
 • Density 320/sq mi (123.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 28732, 28759
Area code(s) 828
FIPS code 37-43260[2]
GNIS feature ID 1021475[3]

Mills River is a town in Henderson County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 6,802 at the 2010 census,[2] and was estimated to be 7,168 in 2016.[1] The town took its name from the nearby confluence of the Mills River and French Broad River.[4] It is part of the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area. It was incorporated into a town in June 2003. Sierra Nevada opened a brewery in Mills River in 2014.


Mills River is among the oldest communities in Henderson County, with its first landholder receiving a deed from the state of North Carolina in 1787. It was once a thriving agricultural community, often called the "fertile crescent".[citation needed]

The Mills River Chapel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[5]


Mills River lies in the northwestern part of Henderson County, extending northeast to the Buncombe County border and southwest to the Transylvania County border. It is bordered to the northeast by the city of Asheville and the town of Fletcher, and to the south by the unincorporated communities of Horse Shoe and Etowah.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 22.5 square miles (58.4 km2), of which 22.4 square miles (58.0 km2) are land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km2), or 0.74%, are water. The French Broad River, one of the primary tributaries of the Tennessee River, flows through the northeastern part of the town. The Mills River, a tributary of the French Broad, flows from west to east through the center of the town, and the southern part of the town is in the valley of Boylston Creek, a small tributary of the French Broad.

The town lies within minutes of Pisgah National Forest, Interstate 26, and Asheville Regional Airport. Highways 280 and 191 serve as the major arteries and provide access to the nearby cities of Asheville, 17 miles (27 km) to the north; Hendersonville, 8 miles (13 km) to the southeast; and Brevard, 14 miles (23 km) to the southwest.


The current mayor is Chae Davis, who took office in December 2017, elected by her fellow town council members. The current town council members are Wayne Carland, Brian Caskey, Richmond Meadows, and Roger Snyder.

Mills River is home to four schools: Mills River Elementary, Glenn C. Marlow Elementary, Rugby Middle School, and West Henderson High School.

The Town Hall and Library are located at 124 Town Center Drive. Surrounding the Town Hall is Mills River Park, whose master plan includes ball fields, soccer fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, multi-use trails, a dog park, shelters and support facilities. The Mills River runs along the northern boundary of the property. The plan also proposes fishing piers with handicapped access and a boat launch for non-motorized vessels, along with picnic areas to enjoy the river.


  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Mills River town, North Carolina". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved December 18, 2017. 
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Mills River, North Carolina
  4. ^ Kramp, Penn (Feb 22, 1987). "Tuxedo: It's not formal wear". The Times-News. p. 27. Retrieved 23 May 2015. 
  5. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 

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