In case you’re looking for a specific area, we’ve organized these NC small towns alphabetically and sorted them by region. Here are ten. In addition, smaller towns are attractive because of lower housing costs and smaller schools. You bet there’ll be dancing and music, along with arts and attempts at that famous lake lift. In a prior post, I provided an overview of how the populations of North Carolina municipalities have changed since 2010. At the Museum of American Cut and Engraved Glass, you’ll learn about pieces from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. If you’re headed to Hanging Rock State Park, you’ll most likely pass through Danbury. Credit: Link Copied to Clipboard. Two tiny villages disbanded (Centerville – population 89 in 2010 and Spencer Mountain – population 37 in 2010) so that by the end of the decade there were 551 municipalities ranging in size from 21 (Fontana Dam) and 863,985 (Charlotte). You’ll find more oceanfront mansions, gated communities, and wide-open beaches here. Dine: Mad Batter Food and Film, Lulu’s Cafe on Main, Balsam Falls Brewing Co. Credit: Charlotte Observer/Getty Images, Credit: Lake Tomahawk Park is great for outdoor days and White Horse is a must-visit music venue. See: Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Rodanthe Fishing Pier, Pamlico Sound, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Dine: Good Winds Seafood and Wine Bar, StingWray’s Bar and Grill, Lisa’s Pizzeria, Stay: Waves Village Watersports Resort, The Inn on Pamlico Sound. Brevard is first and foremost, known as the Land of Waterfalls. Then there’s the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, a truly fun and educational place which is open on Thursday and Saturday afternoons. Whether you ski or not, this small town of approximately 1,000 people, is an appealing destination with a village atmosphere and plenty of reasons to visit. You can also explore the beautiful natural surroundings at Deep Creek Trail inside Great Smoky Mountain National Park, just outside Bryson City. If you are looking for something a bit bigger in a small-town getaway, Boone is a lively university town with a little less than 20,000 people. Only three of the twenty largest towns lost population: Washington in Beaufort County, Rockingham in Richmond County, and Clinton in Sampson County. Our weekly newsletter shares weekly updates and tips on upcoming events. The resident population includes people living in prisons, college dormitories, military barracks, and similar facilities since people live there for most, if not all, of a given year. The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame is also here, and you can learn more about our state’s musical heritage and hall inductees when visiting. This small town along the Eno River has plenty of cycling and walking trails along the water. Here’s how they’re broken down: Many of these awesome small towns are also where you’ll find the coolest Airbnbs in North Carolina. The Hunger Games put Brevard on the map...but after the word spread everyone realized for themselves why this town is just so amazing. Town Square in Burnsville is a great place to start in one of our favorite small towns in North Carolina. Head into Gastonia and you’ll find quaint antique stores and the Carolina Speedway, which happens to be one of the oldest dirt racetracks in the South. Plan a trip to see what about this small coastal village inspired Nicholas Sparks to write his novel Nights in Rodanthe. After visiting North Carolina, most people want to pack up their life and move here forever. You can even stop by the train station to see a genuine 19th century caboose. Love North Carolina? Among the many things to do here, you should check out the Museum of the Albemarle.