There are so many incredible rural towns to live in North Carolina. Some of those are the oldest in the state, others fly under the radar yet still retain a significant amount of their very own culture. Yet, with so many gorgeous, quaint, small towns…it can be hard to find the perfect fit. If you’re already wanting the small-town life, it’s safe to say you also want some peace and quiet as well. Sure, we have great small towns, but during certain times of the year, those small towns can get bogged down with tourists and terrible traffic. If you’re seeking a life of solitude, these 10 towns might just be the perfect fit for you.

Did your favorite small town in North Carolina make the list? Which other towns would you add? Let us know in the comments below and keep an eye out for part two where we’ll feature even more lovely rural towns to live in North Carolina.

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Calling all cheese lovers! West Jefferson is a charming town in rural North Carolina that’s only home to about 1,300 people, but it’s home to one of the best little-known attractions in the state: the Ashe County Cheese Factory. They’ve been producing some of the best cheese in North Carolina for nearly 100 years and you can actually watch the process take place during your tour. After, be sure to pop into the retail store and pick up some new cheeses to take home. 

What is the best scenic town in North Carolina?

When it comes to scenic towns in North Carolina, you’ve got plenty to choose from. There’s no denying the Tar Heel State is home to some of the most picturesque views in the entire country and one of our favorites is Bryson City. This charming town in rural North Carolina has a population that hovers around 2,000 residents and is an outdoor oasis for nature lovers. From waterfalls to Smoky Mountain hiking trails, you’ll never run out of things to do in this picture-perfect town. 

Which town in North Carolina has the best restaurants?

One of the perks of small-town North Carolina life is that you’re never too far away from a delicious meal, usually made from family recipes that’ll leave you feeling like you’re now a member of the family! If you’re craving Mexican food, you can’t go wrong with a day trip to Pineville. This sleepy little town has one of the highest populations of Hispanics and Latinos in North Carolina, and there are several authentic Mexican restaurants peppered throughout the town.