Quality of Life
The hometown of Andy Griffith, Mount Airy retains its quaint, small town atmosphere while offering fine dining, downtown shopping, and museums to explore. The Visitors Center is located on Main Street at the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce Office. Visitors can pick up maps and brochures from the friendly, helpful staff. Yearly festivals include Mayberry Days, Autumn Leaves Festival, and Bluegrass & Fiddler’s Convention. Enjoy Carolina Beach music at the Blackmon amphitheatre on the weekend. The largest collection of Andy Griffith Memorabilia is located at the Andy Griffith Playhouse, home of the Surry Arts Council. The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History offers a look at culture and history unique to Mount Airy and the surrounding area.
Pilot Mountain is home to Pilot Mountain State Park. For outdoor enthusiasts, the park offers hiking trails, picnic and camping areas, canoeing, fishing, rock climbing and an opportunity to explore nature. Geologically, Pilot Mountain is a quartzite monadnock, which began forming nearly a billion years ago. The Edward Armfield Civic and Recreation Center is a state of the art facility that offers an indoor walking track, pool and fitness center. Yearly festivals include Mayfest, PilotFest and the popular Hot Car Cruise-Ins.
Dobson is the county seat of Surry County and is the location for county and state governmental offices. Dobson is also the home of Surry Community College. A visit to Dobson is not complete without a visit to Shelton Vineyards which is the largest family-owned estate winery in North Carolina. The winery offers tours and during the summer months, a summer concert series.
Elkin is the location of hometown charm, historic landmarks and fine dining. Elkin has been designated a “Main Street City” as part of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce Program. In May each year, Elkin hosts the Yadkin Valley Wine Festival which allows local wineries to display their award-winning wines. On the fourth Saturday in September, the town hosts the Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festival which includes arts and crafts, music and the selection of the region’s official largest pumpkin.
Tourism in Surry County
Visiting Surry County and the surrounding area can fill a day, a weekend, or longer. Travel through Mayberry, shop in historic downtown Elkin or fill a day playing at Pilot Knob State Park. Most likely, your visit will coincide with one of our many festivals and celebrations. Each website has an events calendar that will assist you in planning a trip to Surry County. Click on the links below to find more information about visiting our area.
The tourism industry is continuing to grow by leaps and bounds in Surry County. Visitors spent $130.90 million to Surry County in 2018. The travel and tourism industry directly employed more than 860 people in Surry County and generated a payroll of $19.35 million. State and local tax revenues from travel to Surry County amounted to $20.26 million in 2018. The Tourism Partnership of Surry County unites the county’s tourism development authorities to promote countywide tourism through joint marketing and advertising.
Health Care Statistics
If you live in northwestern North Carolina, or southwestern Virginia, make Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin your destination for comprehensive, compassionate care. Whether you need to find a physician, ask for medical advice or prepare for having a surgery, we look forward to serving you. Visit Hugh Chatam Memorial Hospital.
With board-certified and fellowship trained clinical specialists, Northern Hospital of Surry County provides expert medical care for the citizens of Mount Airy and the surrounding communities.
It is the Mission of Northern Hospital to Provide Access to Quality, Affordable Healthcare. Our Vision is to be the Healthcare System of choice for the community. Our organization will continually strive to meet these goals guided by our core Values of Trust, Quality, Customer Service, Compassion, Commitment and Fiscal Responsibility. Visit Northern Hospital
With board-certified and fellowship trained clinical specialists, Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital and Northern Hospital of Surry County provides expert medical care for the citizens of Surry County and the surrounding communities. Download the Surry County Healthcare Profile sheet.