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.

Lynn is the mostess hostess. Great time at the campground. Quiet, calm and relaxing time.
Reviewed by galor35
on September 17, 2012
Raised in Mount Airy, but currently stationed in Valdosta, GA. Have to say, Mount Airy has always been a pretty nice place. Perfect place to retire, perfect place to raise a family. The people have always been friendly, the places have always been amazing, and the food will always be on point. I can honestly say I enjoyed my stay in Mount Airy.
Reviewed by monogordo
on September 17, 2012
The Andy Griffith Show was my very first fav show and Andy was my first love. 44 yrs later, both are still true and now Mt Airy is my favourite city in the USA to visit. Actually, we plan on retiring there. We visit about 3 times a year and stay with Miss Alma at the Mayberry Inn for the true down-home experience. We usually book a few days, then find it so hard to leave, we stay 2 more! We love Mayberry, Andy, Miss Alma, the scenary, the delish delish food and all of the wonderful people we have met there!
Reviewed by jdlovesandy
on September 17, 2012
I have lived in this area my entire life; I love it. What is amazing to me is how much Mount Airy has grown in the past fifteen years. Main Street is great! With stores like Good Life Outfitters, Talley's Frame Shop, Meadows of Dan Trading Post, Leonard's Jewelers, the list goes on and on. Me and my family enjoy the ten minute drive from Cana, Va to this little corner of the world. In addition to the shopping, Mount Airy offers a great variety of delicious eateries. When in town, stop in at Snappy Lunch for the famous pork chop sandwich or swing into Barney's for a super delicious lunch. Oh, don't skip Leon's and their famous California Burger. If these don't hit a home run with you, journey over to Goobers 52 and grab one of those to die for grilled chicken salads with their house dressing. After shopping and dining, take a ride through town in Barney's squad car. I see many people doing this while grinning from ear to ear. Think about it; how many times do you see people riding in the back of a squad car with a smile on their face? As for friendly, these people are great! Don't take my word for it, come on down for a visit! You will not be disappointed with Mount Airy.
Reviewed by krisuzette
on September 17, 2012
is amazing with over 460 miles along the mountain Truly a wonderful place to call home. It has been known as 'the friendliest city' for decades. The folks here embraced that ideology back in the 50's and continue to carry it forward into the future. It is no wonder it is in consideration nationally for being 'the friendliest city in America'. I started visiting Mt. Airy some 20 years ago while living in Florida and was looking forward to when I could semi-retire and move there. For the past 9+ years I have been blessed to be able to be a part of the most welcoming place that I've ever lived in. The "Mayberry" lifestyle that many of us would like to believe exists is a reality here. When we think of 'Mayberry" we think of friendly folks, a wholesome enviornment where people really care about one another. That is what Mt. Airy is all about. It is a giving community who really cares and shares with those in need. It is a resilient community that has rebounded from huge job losses that went overseas. New industry is invited to come and welcomed with open arms. Tourism has grown as Mt. Airy hosts some of the finest events that can be found along the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Autumn Leaves Festival brings in hundreds of thousnands of visitors each fall that not only enjoy the crafts and local foods offered in historic downtown but come to see many area attractions like The Granite Quarry which is the largest open faced quarry in the world, and the uniquely beautiful Pilot Mountain State Park. Folks ride and walk along almost 5 miles of 'Greenways' and rivers within the city limits or they may take a very short drive to many area wineries or the Blue Ridge Parkway. The parkway tops without a traffic light and an abundance or overlooks providing spectactular views of the countryside. I can not leave out the several wonderful local museums especially the "Andy Griffith" museum which is the basis for what made Mt. Airy a living "Mayberry". A friendly town for sure.
Reviewed by RogerCramer
on September 17, 2012
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