We love exploring our cool small towns nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina, filled with historic buildings with a mix of longtime family operated stores and restaurants, along with new galleries and trendy shops. Each town has its own personality and many things to do. Meet some local folks and experience a leisurely day of exploration, just like Mayberry. Your first stop should be the town's Visitor Center to chat with locals. They will help you plan the perfect visit to match your interests.
Since many of these towns are in close proximity, it's easy visit several in a day (see map at bottom of page). Photo above is Bryson City. Enjoy!
Tips for Visiting Small Towns
Get out of your car and walk! Stop in some of the local business and meet the locals. Ask them about things to see and do - including favorite places to eat. Sundays are fairly quiet in many of the towns since some of the businesses close.
Western North Carolina Small Town Map