While Andy Griffith may have created the mythical town of Mayberry, North Carolina for his television show, it may not actually be 100% make-believe. The small, sleepy little town, full of extremely nice people and memorable characters is a legacy that North Carolina and its people will probably never forget. In fact, most North Carolinians embrace the show and the fact that it is most likely based on Mount Airy, NC. Andy Griffith is the state’s favorite son, and the town portrayed in the show is just as much a part of North Carolina as ACC Basketball, the Carolina Panthers, Grandfather Mountain, or the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

Whether you’re looking to relocate, go for a scenic drive, or searching for a great place to vacation and shop; these twelve towns are sure to deliver exactly what you’re looking for. Take some time to explore our great state and you will surely discover many hidden and many not so hidden treasures…


Volume 2 is in the works. “Mayberry in the Mountains” will explore small towns in the mountains of North Carolina.

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