North Carolina Road Trip: Day 6

Thursday. After a day in Charlottesville. After a bagel. After a quick stop at the rest area because Flopsy needed a bathroom break. After a detour to see one last Virginia roadside attraction, a big pencil. I left Virginia and began my North Carolina road trip.

A bagel in Virginia
A bagel in Virginia

What I saw on day six of my road trip to North Carolina and Virginia.

Flopsy the Jackalope at a rest stop
Flopsy the Jackalope at a rest stop

Giant Pencil in Wytheville, Virginia

Big Pencil in Wytheville, Virginia - Roadside Attractions in Virginia
Big Pencil in Wytheville, Virginia

Mount Airy, North Carolina (Mayberry)

I headed out to Mt. Airy AKA Mayberry, town devoted to Andy Griffith, to meet up with my friend Sadie (a HungrySister). We had had plans to meet the next day but she is awesome and saw that I kind of had not much to do for a bit and offered to let me come stay with her a day earlier than planned!

In “Mayberry” there was a statue of Andy Griffith.

Andy Griffith Statue in Mount Airy, North Carolina - Home of Mayberry
Andy Griffith Statue in Mount Airy, North Carolina – Home of Mayberry

And a gas station.

Wally's Service in Mount Airy, North Carolina - Home of Mayberry and Andy Griffith
Wally’s Service in Mount Airy, North Carolina – Home of Mayberry and Andy Griffith

And some other stuff.

Sheriff's Car in Mount Airy, North Carolina - Home of Mayberry and Andy Griffith
Sheriff’s Car in Mount Airy, North Carolina – Home of Mayberry and Andy Griffith

And a jail.

Jail in Mount Airy, North Carolina - Home of Mayberry and Andy Griffith
Jail in Mount Airy, North Carolina – Home of Mayberry and Andy Griffith

And a museum we couldn’t take photos in.

Neither of us had ever really watched the Andy Griffith Show so we weren’t too familiar with anything there, but it was still a fun North Carolina road trip stop!

Cook-Out

After spending the afternoon around Mayberry, we were a bit hungry so we went to a fast food place called Cook-Out, which was definitely delicious!

I had a burger topped with homemade chili & slaw, mustard, and onions and a strawberry cheesecake milkshake. And we split some onion rings. It was so good.

Burger and milkshake at Cook-Out in North Carolina.
Burger and milkshake at Cook-Out in North Carolina.

Pilot Mountain State Park

Sadie had to head off to work for a bit so she drove with me to the bottom of Pilot Mountain State Park and said “drive that way.”

And so I did.

And at the top it was beautiful.

View from the mountains in North Carolina
View from Pilot Mountain State Park in North Carolina
View from the mountains in North Carolina
View from the mountains in North Carolina
View from the mountains in North Carolina
Pilot Mountain State Park in North Carolina

I hiked around a bit and then met back with Sadie in Winston-Salem for a chill night of TV and Taco Bell, preparing for the day ahead

Find out what I did on the rest of my road trip to Virginia and North Carolina

Valerie Bromann

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Valerie Bromann is a a website manager, content creator, and writer from Chicago, Illinois (currently living in Dallas, Texas). As an avid road tripper who has visited hundreds of roadside attractions, Val always pull over for a world’s largest thing. Founder of Silly America and author of The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book, she visits, photographs, and writes about all the weird tourist destinations she visits and offers road trip planning advice and inspiration based on her own travels so you can hit the road for yourself.

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