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.

I have moved here in 1991. Since that time, I have watched this town evolve in so many ways, yet, never forgetting the small town charm that is truly captivating. I love that we have the resources and facilities (i.e parks and greenways) commonly found in larger cities, but with people who have a true sense of COMMUNITY! Thanks for being America's Hometown and friendliest city.
Reviewed by Catrina
on September 17, 2012
having been to so many towns in my life this is hands down the best town and best people we have meet
Reviewed by athonyforge
on September 17, 2012
These are the friendliest people that we have ever met. And we have been to 100's of towns.
Reviewed by forgea
on September 17, 2012
I love this town! If you've never visited, come on down for some Southern hospitality!
Reviewed by tonya_nc
on September 17, 2012
Everyone is sooooo sooo friendly... ask anyone directions... everyone is a visitor guide!
Reviewed by untall
on September 17, 2012
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