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Notice of Opportunities

The Town of Mills River has the following vacancies on
  Committees or Boards
at this time.

Finance Committee - 1 seat



For more information on boards/committees, visit the Committees tab above.

Applications for any volunteer advisory board or committee are available by clicking the "Volunteer" button at left, or by contacting Town Hall.


The Mills River Town Council would like to congratulate Ann Green, Paulette Laberge,
and Trisha Meadows as this year's Mills River Scholars. 

The Fitzpatrick Foundation has established a scholarship for three Mills River students
each year at Blue Ridge Community College.

The scholarship, each one currently valued at $3,250,  is the creation of Vaughan Fitzpatrick, a committed supporter of the Town of Mills River and benefactor of Ferncliff Industrial Park which became the east coast location for Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

The scholarship covers the full costs of tuition, books, and fees.  The scholarship recipients
will be chosen each year by the Blue Ridge Community College Education Foundation.

Each recipient must be a Mills River resident and must maintain at least a  2.5 grade point average.  Fitzpatrick says it is hoped the recipients will stay and work in the general Henderson County areas after graduation.  He added that the Foundation firmly believes that young people should try to pay back and support the communities that have supported them. 
 "These scholarships and the action by Mills River Council will emphasize that it's the whole community supporting our young scholars, and we hope they will support the community
in return", Fitzpatrick added.

Students interested in applying for the scholarships can get more information
and all details at Blue Ridge Community College.

Fitzpatrick, a member of the long-established Westfeldt family, is a large property owner
and part-time resident of Mills River, and has been a generous supporter
of the Town since its inception.


The Town of Mills River will observe the following holidays.

 Offices will be closed.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

New Year’s Day

January 1, 2016


Martin Luther King

January 18, 2016


Good Friday

March 25, 2016


Memorial Day

May 30, 2016


Independence Day

July 4, 2016


Labor Day

September 5, 2016


Veteran’s Day

November 11, 2016



November 24 & 25, 2016

Thursday & Friday


December 23, 26 & 27, 2016

Friday, Monday & Tuesday


Town of Mills River Park Survey

Survey will end on July 31, 2016

The Town of Mills River Parks and Recreation Department is conducting a survey
to identify our citizens' preferences for recreational opportunities.

We want to assess how we are doing in meeting current needs and expectations.
We also want to gather information to help determine future Parks and Recreation priorities.

Public input has always been a priority in the development of the Park Master Plan.
That plan is available for viewing here.

Please take a few minutes to complete this important survey. Thank you.

Take our online survey

Mills River ranks 6th overall in NC according to Zippia.

Based on criteria like great employment opportunities, short commute times,
and low costs of living, Mills River ranked 6th overall.

Click on the link below to see a detailed report on the 10 Happiest Places in North Carolina.  


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4.   Choose “Add to Home Screen”, and then choose “Add”

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Incorporated in June, 2003, the Town of Mills River 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, Hendersonville, and Brevard.  Mills River is 22 square miles in size, is home to approximately 7,068 residents, and has a rich history in agriculture.  The face of Mills River is changing with the evolution of horticultural, sod and horse farming.
For the latest United States Census data and demographics on Mills River, click here.  

The Town provides fire protection by contract with Mills River Fire and Rescue, provides law enforcement by contract with the Henderson County Sheriff's Department, provides planning and zoning services to manage growth and development, and has an active program to install street lights at key intersections and along major routes throughout the Town.   Also, Mills River Park has a 1.2 mile multi-use trail, dog park, picnic shelter, playground, tennis courts, handicap accessible fishing pier, and canoe/kayak launch.
The Park is located at 124 Town Center Drive.

Tax Rate:
Mills River is proud to offer its residents professional and caring government
at a tax rate of $0.09 per $100 of assessed valuation. 
In addition, the Town collects taxes for Mills River Fire and Rescue at an
additional $0.09 per $100 of valuation. 
A low tax rate and minimal government is a goal Council strives to maintain.

Mills River Elementary and Glenn Marlow Elementary Schools serve the youth and offer a first-rate education.  These schools feed to Rugby Middle School and West Henderson High School.  Blue Ridge Community College is located outside the Town, but serves the residents of Mills River as an excellent source for college level and technical training classes.