Small towns in North Carolina are pocket sanctuaries away from our daily duties. If you seek a stress-free place, about 3,600 residents already know that Rutherfordton is one of the most peaceful places to live in North Carolina. Rated as one of the great retirement spots and recognized as a North Carolina Small Town of the Year, this charming, historic space was established in 1787. Here you are invited to uncover history, discover greenways and parks, appreciate the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains, and celebrate the small-town happiness. Let’s take a look at one of the best North Carolina small towns.

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Small Towns In North Carolina

What are some of the best small towns in North Carolina?

  • Ocracoke Island: Plan a trip back to nature at this enchanted town's magical beaches. From pretty harbors to historic sites, and fresh seafood that you will crave - this place is worth a visit.
  • Bryson City: This picturesque community frequently appears on “Most Beautiful Small Town In North Carolina” lists and for good reason. You'll find waterfalls, mountains, lakes, boiled peanuts, and some unique boutiques to find memorabilia.
  • Brevard: From finding one of the biggest toy stores in the country to handcrafted pottery, a variety of experiences exist in this charming town. One of the most interesting finds is the White Squirrel Institute.
  • Wilkesboro: A welcome is offered here at the award-winning Northwest North Carolina Visitor Center, complete with a crackling fireplace in the colder months. St. Paul's Episcopal Church showcases some of the best Gothic architecture in the land!

Where are some of the most peaceful towns in North Carolina?

  • Davidson: Nature preserves, bookstores, and yoga are just some of the peaceful places available in Davidson. It's also part of the stunning Lake Norman area and home to the liberal arts Davidson College, featuring cultural events all year.
  • Pinehurst: The Pinehurst Resort features golf on one of the most beautiful courses in the country. The Sandhills Farmers Market is a big draw, featuring locally grown produce, flowers, and arts and crafts.