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.

Friendliest town that has it all,this is a town no one likes to leave after one visit
Reviewed by kathykelledge
on September 17, 2012
Just a beautiful and friendly town. I have visited there all my life.
Reviewed by kpbeaz
on September 17, 2012
Mount Airy is my hometown. The people are very friendly. The area is beautiful. A great place to visit and go back in time and see how it use to be. Judy Barton
Reviewed by maine
on September 17, 2012
It might be a small town but it is big on LOVE , once you have been here you will not want to leave.
Reviewed by lynchlenise
on September 17, 2012
Come visit Americas favorite town and meet the friendly folks of Mayberry
Reviewed by barneyfarnsworth
on September 17, 2012
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