Mount Airy is the Birthplace of actor Andy Griffith and during your Visit to Mayberry you will be able to visit many of the locations mentioned by Andy in the Andy Griffith Show. You will be able to take a ride on the Andy Griffith Parkway, get your haircut at Floyd’s City Barber Shop, eat a famous Pork Chop Sandwich at the Snappy Lunch, see the re-created Courthouse from the Andy Griffith show in the Old City Jail, spend the night in Andy Griffith’s childhood home, take a Tour of Mayberry in a restored 1962 Ford Galaxy squad car from Wally’s Service Station, and see the largest collection of Andy Griffith memorabilia in the World at the Andy Griffith Playhouse. So step back into a simpler life and take a stroll along the streets of Mayberry. I would recommend starting your visit at the Mount Airy Visitors Center. It is located at 200 North Main Street in downtown Mount Airy inside the Chamber of Commerce. N 36° 30.081 W 80° 36.492 It is located just west of the posted coordinates, just up the street at the stop light. They are open Monday through Friday 8:30am to 5pm. Here you can obtain a map of Mount Airy, which may be beneficial in your tour. You will need to visit the following locations around Mount Airy to answer questions in order to obtain the coordinates needed to take you to the Mayberry Cache: the Old City Jail, the Snappy Lunch, Floyd’s City Barber Shop, Andy’s Childhood home, and Wally’s Service Station.
Here is the Mayberry Code that you will need to fill in.
N 36° FLOYD AUNT BEE . OPIE GOOBER THELMA LOU
W 80° ANDY BARNEY . GOMER OTIS HELEN
At the posted coordinates you should find yourself seated on a bench directly across from the Old City Jail. When you see the 1962 Ford Galaxy Mayberry squad car you will know you are in the right place. This was the old City Jail and has been renovated to re-create the Courthouse as seen in the Andy Griffith Show. Admission is free, and they are open Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday. You will not need to enter to answer the questions needed. ANDY = the number of benches plus the number of trash cans here. OTIS = count the number of steps to the entrance to the Old City Jail and divide it by the number of benches.
N 36 29.996 W 80 36.456
The second Mayberry location you will need to find is the Snappy Lunch! The Snappy Lunch opened in 1923 and is the oldest eating establishment in Mount Airy. Andy Griffith ate here as a boy growing up and it was mentioned in the Andy Griffith Show by Andy as well. Be sure to visit during hours and get yourself a “Pork Chop Sandwich”. They are open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 6:00am - 1:45pm, and Thursday and Saturday 6:00am - 1:15pm. Closed on Sunday. Standing in front of the Snappy Lunch. Look directly across the street and find the numbers located to the left of the door of that business. THELMA LOU = the last number added to the first number. HELEN = subtract the second number from the last number.
N 36 29.996 W 80 36.456
The third Mayberry location you will need to find is Floyd’s City Barber Shop! They have “2 chairs-no waiting”. Admission is free, but a haircut will cost you. Step inside and check out the “Wall of Fame”, and get your picture taken getting your haircut at Floyd’s. Floyd's is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 7am - 5pm, and Saturday 7am - 3pm. Thursday 8am - 5pm. Closed on Sunday. Standing in front of Floyd’s City Barber Shop. Looking across the street, locate the building with diamonds at the top of it. FLOYD = the number of diamonds at the top of the building. BARNEY = the number of windows located below the diamonds added to the number of diamonds.
N 36 29.409 W 80 36.530
The forth Mayberry location you will need to find is Andy Griffith’s Childhood home! The Hampton Inn of Mount Airy owns the home, and you can stay the night here where Andy lived while he was growing up. You can make reservations by calling (336) 789-5999 or 1-800-565-5249. Andy lived here until he graduated high school and left to attend UNC-Chapel Hill. Please respect the privacy of others by not getting out and looking around if someone is staying in the home. AUNT BEE = subtract one from the number of houses located between Rockford Street and Andy’s homeplace. OPIE = the second digit in the number of support legs on the large structure across the street.
N 36 29.761 W 80 36.175
The final Mayberry location you will need to visit is Wally’s Service Station. This was an original service station built in 1937 and now has been restored. The owner has a replica 1962 Ford Galaxy Mayberry squad car that he uses to take folks on tours of Mayberry attractions. Wally’s is open Monday through Friday 9am to 4:30pm, and Saturday 10am to 3pm. Closed on Sunday. GOOBER = Looking at the Hi Test Gas pump. Subtract the first number in the price of a gallon of gas from the second number in that price. GOMER = the first number in the price of Regular Gas.
Now plug your numbers into the Mayberry Code and you’re off to the Mayberry Cache. Hope you have enjoyed your tour of Mayberry. Visit Mount Airy in September for Mayberry Days, and the second weekend in October for the Autumn Leaves Festival. The cache is a large Tupperware container with some Mayberry items, Smokey items, Logbook, pens, and pencil.
CAUTION: The cache is hidden somewhat in the Woods, so Be Prepared to encounter all the things that you would expect to find in the woods. Poison ivy, kudzu, snakes, ticks, spiders, spider webs, chiggers, bees, briars, squirrels, birds, deer, lions and tigers and bears oh my, and some beautiful scenery. I would recommend dressing accordingly depending on the time of year when you visit the cache.
Thanks for hunting my sixth cache!
Smokey Says, “REMEMBER, Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires”.