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.

Mount Airy is Great place to visit.. Love the beautiful town.. !!
Reviewed by alara1029
on September 17, 2012
I've lived on the border of this town all my life. I wouldn't live anywhere else. You can visit Mount Airy without a friendly greeted by most anyone you meet.
Reviewed by alancaster
on September 17, 2012
I love this town. Everyone is so nice and it is a great place to call home.
Reviewed by dwallace27030
on September 17, 2012
Mt. Airy is "America's Best Small Town". It's one of the few places that has retained an retail active small town all through the growth of shopping malls and strip centers. The downtown has changed from the hub of local business to a thriving tourist destination. It reminds me of the way my home town was in the 50's while I was growing up.Shops are mainly owner/operator run and are truly glad to have you come in and shop. I personally am tired of the chain store shopping experience. Mt. Airy is close to the mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are good local restaurants as well as plenty of activities to participate in. Music is an important part of the local culture with the Merry Go Round radio show happening every Saturday live from the Downtown Cinema. There's an annual fiddler's convention. You can find live music on the streets, in local restaurants, and also in concerts at the Downtown Cinema. WPAQ (the local am radio station) is heard around the world via internet streaming, featuring old time, and blue grass music.......much of which is performed by local talent. Trout fishing is good at the nearby Mitchell River. Stone Mountain, Pilot Mountain, and High Rock State parks are all just an easy drive away. They have a new 2 plus mile paved trail beside the Ararat river just a couple blocks from downtown. You can walk the trail, or tube or kayak down the river and walk back to your car on the trail. There are picnic facilities as well as bathrooms. There are a number of wineries within a short drive with North State Winery located on Main Street downtown. The local arts council is one of the most active I've ever heard of. Beach music concerts downtown in the summer, movies at the Downtown Cinema, and local weekend events............there is always something going on in and around Mt. Airy.
Reviewed by corkyfulton
on September 17, 2012
Everyone was so happy to see you!
Reviewed by ANDYLINA
on September 17, 2012
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