Mount Airy, North Carolina


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

3 Votes - "Friendliest"


Mount Airy was the setting for Andy Griffith’s Mayberry and transports visitors to a happy, simpler time. The local Cinema hosts the second longest running live radio show in America and pieces of Mayberry have been preserved or reproduced.

A stroll down Main Street leads to friendly hello’s and street performances. The community frequently gathers in the local amphitheater for festivals and live music where everyone is welcome to dance. Mount Airy also offers a local museum, great restaurants like Trio or Thailand Café, and the Old North State winery.

Gone With the Wynn’s were greeted by Mount Airy’s mayor who was so confident in her town’s friendliness, she didn’t plan any events. The team was escorted around town in a vintage squad car and witnessed the camaraderie among neighbors everywhere. The Wynn’s said, “In a small town like this one you can never be in a hurry, too many people want to stop and chit-chat or shake your hand or even give you a hug...we got lots of hugs.”

Squad car tours are available for all visitors and will transport you back to simpler times. Mount Airy is also the home of George Snappenfield, the inventor of disc golf, and invites everyone to play a round while in town.

Great people,great fun,great food,great hotels.
Reviewed by jarvisr
on September 17, 2012
Mount Airy was my father's hometown, and I've been fortunate enough to be able to spend a great deal of time there over the years. It's the friendliest and most wonderful small town that you'll ever come across.
Reviewed by surrycounty
on September 17, 2012
Growing up in Mount Airy and my family still lives in this great town where peolpe still say hello, thank you and open the door for you.
Reviewed by karen51
on September 17, 2012
For the last 2 years I have been living in Chapel Hill, NC. I have lived in Mount Airy all my life. It's the best place to live, shop and raise a family. I miss it and try to go home every weekend. If you haven't been there, you have definitely missed out!! Anyone who has moved has to be sad. I love my hometown. My heart will always long for Mount Airy.
Reviewed by soccermomkac19
on September 17, 2012
Mount Airy, NC is charming, kind, funny, and more than willing to talk with visitors about being there for the creation of a legendary TV series. Visitors tour around in old fashioned squad cars. A new museum is jammed with memorabilia from Griffith’s life, his shows, movies, and music career. His original home is just up the hill near downtown.
Reviewed by WearaFez
on September 17, 2012
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