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.

Very friendly people. Also very pet friendly.
Reviewed by cajun07
on September 17, 2012
the all america town a must visit
Reviewed by mattbaker
on September 17, 2012
You must go and visit this town, from the bluetick hounds running around and howling, to the nicest people you ever could meet. I can't wait to go back. It really is like going to Mayberry.
Reviewed by dragonfly22
on September 17, 2012
Mount Airy, North Carolina is a great town to grow up in, and an excellent place to visit. I've lived here all my life, and I love it. It is beautiful, friendly, and has a small town atmosphere, yet everything you need from a community, plus added perks such as the natural beauty, good schools, great recreational facilities, and unique shopping. Of course, everyone knows us as "Mayberry" since Andy Griffith was born here, but it is SO much more than that!
Reviewed by jessicaleigh
on September 17, 2012
love this town.....but they arrested " Otis " for playing checkers on the side walk on main st. They could have been a lil more friendlier.
Reviewed by Gldberg151
on September 17, 2012
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