Moss-draped oaks, rocking chairs on front porches, cold glasses of sweet tea and good old Southern hospitality – these are just some of the things that come to mind when you picture small towns in the Southern United States – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
10Best editors and a panel of local travelers in the know selected 20 of the best small towns with populations under 10,000 (according to the latest census data) in the region. We considered over 100 possibilities and narrowed it down to a collection of small towns representing each state in the region. For the last four weeks, 10Best and USA TODAY readers have been voting daily for their favorites, and the results are in.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Southern Small Town are as follows:
- New Albany, Miss.
- Eureka Springs, Ark.
- Blowing Rock, N.C.
- Travelers Rest, S.C.
- Lexington, Va.
- Madison, Ga.
- Sanibel Island, Fla.
- Lewisburg, W.V.
- Wilson, Ark.
- Highlands, N.C.
A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Linda Gillis (Treasure Coast Newspapers), Elizabeth LaFleur (The Greenville News) and our team of 10Best Local Experts were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of Southern travel.
Other towns nominated in this category included Abbeville, S.C.; Apalachicola, Fla.; Breaux Bridge, La.; Dahlonega, Ga.; Gruene, Texas; Jonesborough, Tenn.; Magnolia Springs, Ala.; Middleburg, Va.; St. Franciscville, La. and Water Valley, Miss.
Congratulations to all these winning Southern small towns!License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo