Mount Airy is an Appalachian mountain town that was settled in the 1750s. It is best known for being the hometown of Andy Griffith and the inspiration for Mayberry, the setting of his famous 1960s television show. Several sites in town, including Floyd's Barber Shop and the Andy Griffith Museum, attract fans from around the world. Cast members sometimes come to the town's Mayberry Days festival in the fall.
There's more to Mount Airy than Mayberry, though. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it is rich with natural sites and outdoor spaces that are perfect places to take your pup. In addition to the nearby state parks and national park, there are many city parks to explore. There are also four veterinary clinics in Mount Airy to meet your dog's medical needs.
One great spot for a long, meandering walk is Westwood Park, a scenic 88-acre park on the north end of town. Centered on the Tumbling Rock Reservoir, a popular site for catfish and bass fishing, Westwood Park features a disc golf course, as well as miles of trails that wind through both wooded and grassy areas. As with all parks in Mount Airy, you will need to keep your dog on a leash and bring your own waste bags and water.
Walking under Mount Airy's trees with a pup by your side and a fishing pole propped against your shoulder, glinting in the filtered sunlight of a timeless afternoon, you might just find yourself whistling a familiar tune.