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 has been known for it's affiliation with the Andy Griffith show. More and more visitors are realizing that we have the best of music, the arts, wineries, bike trails, camping, great shopping and more...all shared with hometown-friendly-southern hospitality.
Reviewed by meinecke
on September 17, 2012
This is the friendliest town we have ever been to.
Reviewed by davidsykes
on September 17, 2012
If you want to see feel and touch true America this is the town with love
Reviewed by kathyelledge
on September 17, 2012
We just moved here a year ago, and this is the friendliest town you'll find when traveling. The Mayberry atmosphere makes it unique and a great place to visit!
Reviewed by shurley
on September 17, 2012
Having lived in this area for all of my life, you tend to take things for granted. We really do have a wonderful small town. For a town this size, there are lots of things to see and do, wonderful restaurants and the people are very friendly. You can't go wrong with a visit to Mount Airy!
Reviewed by sgcollins
on September 17, 2012
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