Day 14 and 15 – Snowbird RV Trip Florida to Canada
Asheboro, NC to Mount Airy, NC 93 miles
Mayberry Campground is on the outskirts of the small City of Mountt Airy, North Carolina. It’s a nicely laid out campground though the sites are a little close together. There are both back-in and pull-thru sites and most have FHU. It’s located near land once was owned and farmed by Eng and Chang Bunker, the famous Siamese twins of the 19th Century.
Visit Andy Griffith’s “homeplace” at 711 East Haymore Street. Less than a mile away you’ll find “The Snappy Lunch” still making the “famous pork chop sandwiches”. It’s next door to “Floyd’s Barbershop” and “Opie’s Candy Store”. Just a little farther down Main Street you’ll find “Wally’s Garage” and “The Courthouse” with a recreation of the jail set, office and cells, we remember from The Andy Griffith Show. That’s also the place to sign up for a “Squad Car Tour” of the Town in a vintage Mayberry Police Car just like Barney and Andy drove.
Not far away you’ll find the “Andy Griffith Theatre” housed in the building where Andy attended school assemblies in grade school (and the stage where he made his first public appearance in 3rd Grade). Beside the Theatre is the Andy Griffith Museum, where they have hundreds (perhaps thousands) of artifacts and memorabilia from Andy’s career on stage, TV and in the movies and as a singer and comedian. The Museum’s lower level has an exhibition of material from Eng and Chang’s life as well. All very interesting and a great value for the admission price of $3.21.
Outside of the Theatre and Museum you’ll see the life-sized statues of Andy and Opie Taylor headed for the Old Fishin’ Hole. The statue was donated to the Town by the TV Land Network in recognition of Andy’s body of work. Andy was on hand, as well as many others from the show when it was dedicated in 2004.
We were fortunate to find 2 really good restaurants over this 2 night stop in “Mayberry”.
The first was The Copper Pot located at 123 Scenic Outlet Lane, located just a few miles from the campground. They have daily specials and the entire menu is priced reasonably. Jack had baked spaghetti, green salad, and Texas toast. Niki had a vegetable plate with fried okra, corn fritters, pinto beans, mac & cheese and a cornbread muffin. The dessert special was warm homemade blackberry cobbler with ice cream. The bill for all with drinks (iced tea y’all!), tax, and tip came to $22.51.
Our second day we had a late lunch at Tlaquepaque Mexican Restaurant & Grill (we can’t pronounce it either!). Their address is 2123 Rockford Street, which is on the main highway going into town. It’s a small restaurant with a talented chef. Both of our meals, traditional Mexican combos, were really delicious, as were the warm tortilla chips and homemade salsa brought to our table when we sat down. The total bill including coffee, a cerveza, and tip was $22.99.
Conclusion: If you are a diehard Andy Griffith fan this is the place to come to immerse yourself. You might also consider a visit the last weekend of September when they will be having the “25th Annual Mayberry Days”. Mount Airy is a fun, lighthearted place with friendly people.
The gas price at the local Sheetz station near Interstate Exit 11 is $3.599.
Our next stop will be Mt Jackson, Virginia.
More info about:
Mayberry Campground PA/$16.75 2 nights max, Mon – Thurs only.
114 Bunker Rd., Mount Airy, NC 27030 (336) 789-6199
PT, 20/30/50 Amp, FHU, Free WiFi & Cable, Fishing ponds, and a mile long Hiking Trail that ends near Eng and Chang’s gravesite.
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Things to see & do in Mount Airy:
Floyd’s Barber Shop, Snappy Lunch, Old Mayberry Jail, Barney’s Cafe, Mount Airy Museum, Leon’s Burger Express, Main Oak Emporium, Bluebird Diner, Squad Car Tours, Andy Griffith Playhouse, Downtown Cinema, Opie’s Candy Store, Andy’s Home place, Wally’s Service Station, Mayberry Square, and Pandowdy’s.