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Harpers Ferry, Lewisburg and Shepherdstown make list of 50 best small towns in the South


Forget about size. These 50 Southern towns may be small (some are technically villages) but each one has its own distinct story to tell. We asked our readers to share their favorites, and this wide-ranging list captures the wonderful diversity of our region. You’ll find towns by the seaside, in the mountains, outside of big cities, near universities, and more. Some are known for German food (Helen, GA; Fredericksburg, TX), others have thriving art and culture scenes (Ocean Springs, MS; Berea, KY; Boone, NC), many are rich in history (Williamsburg, VA; St. Augustine, FL; Harper’s Ferry, WV) or natural beauty (Beaufort, SC; Blowing Rock, NC).

There is a small town for every type of person on this list, and we guarantee that all of these places are destination-worthy in their own right. But be warned: One visit, and you might start packing your bags to start a new small town life. 

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