Spanish moss and cobblestone streets galore. We all know the American south is full of charm. And if you’re looking for the most charm, seek out the small towns—the ones with history, culture, scenic beauty, and some pretty phenomenal food.
During 20 years of living the snowbird lifestyle, we’ve visited 25 states and camped at hundreds of RV parks and campgrounds. To kick-start your search, here are six of the most beautiful small towns to visit in the south. Each town earned its spot for individual reasons.
La Grange Czechs out as a perfect blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. One of the historic buildings on the town square, La Petite Gourmet Shoppe is a specialty kitchen shop across the street from the county courthouse, a three story masonry and stone Romanesque Revival Structure.
For a real taste of Texas tradition, look no further than Prause Meat Market. They have been serving customers since the 1890s. To taste Czech culture and a delectable kolache—gooey, fruit-filled Czech pastries—and other bakery goods head to Weilel’s Bakery.
Located in two historic buildings right off the square, the Texas Quilt Museum provides a stunning showcase for both antique and contemporary quilt art.
The name Wetumpka is a Creek Indian word meaning “rumbling waters,” describing the sound of the nearby Coosa River. The Coosa River flows through the middle of the city, dividing the historic business district from its residential counterpart.
Bibb Graves Bridge, a focal point of the City was built in 1937. Proceeding across the Bridge to the largely residential west side, discover a number of historic and beautiful homes and churches within a five block area mainly on Tuskeena Street. On the largely historic business district east side, the Wind Creek Casino overlooks the beautiful Coosa River.
Located midway between Frankfort and Lexington, Historic Midway was the first town in Kentucky founded by a railroad (1832). Midway prospered along with the railroad. During the railroad’s heyday, the 1930s and ’40s, up to 30 trains a day rumbled through the middle of town. The passenger trains dwindled until the old depot was closed in 1963.
Historic Midway once again thrives and enjoys its present reputation as one of Kentucky’s favorite spots for antiques, crafts, gifts, and restaurants. Because of its special charm and small town appeal visitors always leave Midway in high spirits and vow to return. So it was with us.
A visit to this Norman Rockwell kind of town is a must for anyone who loves history, antiquing, and good food. Adairsville, nestled in the Oothcalooga Valley, was the first Georgia town to be listed in its entirety on the National Register of Historic Places. More than 130 homes and businesses are designated as historic properties.
Adairsville’s location—65 miles north of Atlanta and 65 miles south of Chattanooga—makes for a convenient overnight stay—or longer. Harvest Moon RV Park at I-75 Exit 306 offers comfortable full-service camping for RVers including long pull-through sites (85-90 foot length).
For those reminiscing about the warmth and familiarity of an authentic small town, Walterboro provides the perfect opportunity to step back through time. Nature lovers can take advantage of South Carolina’s year-round balmy weather and enjoy the quiet solitude of the ACE Basin and The Great Swamp Sanctuary, which is accessible from downtown.
Visitors are reminded of the town’s early days as a summer retreat—tree-lined streets where quaint homes with broad porches and beautiful churches date to the 18th century.
Treasure-hunters love scouring the village’s dozen antique shops, finding everything from high-end antiques to fun vintage souvenirs or shopping the Colleton Farmers Market for farm-fresh produce and delicious homemade food products.
Mount Airy is really just like any of hundreds of small towns throughout the South, it just happens to have been ingrained into our collective memory as “Mayberry”.
Fans of The Andy Griffith Show step back to a simpler time when they visit Mount Airy. Andy Griffith grew up here, and it’s no coincidence that a stroll down Main Street reminds people of the town of Mayberry. Fans of the show can visit Floyd’s City Barber Shop, the Old Mayberry Jail, Snappy Lunch, and even Andy’s childhood home.
As we explore America by RV, surprises await at every turn of the road. Natural beauty abounds when least expected.