The NC Main to Main Trail is a unique way to experience North Carolina communities. Since 1980, the State of North Carolina has been selecting cities and towns of all sizes to carry the distinction as designated North Carolina Main Street communities. These communities are actively engaged in the Main Street America network and are following the Main Street Approach™ to revitalize their downtown districts. 

From the Great Smokies and the Blue Ridge Mountains, the urban growth of the Piedmont, to the eastern inner banks to the coastal plains, Main Street communities are destinations. Each downtown district features architectural treasures from typical commercial buildings, governmental icons, and cultural attractions. Offering locally owned shops, restaurants, and spirits offer the communities many unique options. Stroll the tree-lined streets to take in the flavor of the district and gain the perspective of why the locals call their community home.

The NC Main to Main Trail leads you through the state’s designated Main Street communities. Each pin will show you what you don’t want to miss and will provide you with links to the local Main Street program, the local government, and the tourism site so that you don’t miss a thing on your trek down the Main Street trail.

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NC Main Street is working with our NC Main Street communities to capture all the exciting tourism opportunities in each town/county. 
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Enjoy Visiting our NC Main Street Communities Below! 


Downtown Aberdeen

115 North Poplar Street 

Aberdeen, NC

(910) 944-4506


Downtown, anchored by a thriving arts community with diverse musical venues is now on track as the regional destination for home décor and design, and an uncommon collection of creative entrepreneurs offering specialty retail and services. It’s the place of opportunity for all ages.

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    Ayden Main Street Program 

    4061 East Avenue 

    Ayden, NC 

    (252) 481-5827


    The Vision of Downtown Ayden is to create a unique and vital downtown that enriches the business community, embraces history, celebrates the arts, preserves our natural environment and promotes quality events to instill a 'sense of home' in our community.

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      Bessemer City 

      Bessemer City Downtown Development 

      132 West Virginia Avenue 

      Bessemer City, NC 

      (704) 729-6505


      Downtown Bessemer City swarms with historic characteristics, new development opportunities, and energy that betters the environment for small business and economic vitality.  Downtown is full of elements that improve the quality of life for the community and helps to build a colony of success in downtown.

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        Burlington Downtown Corporation 

        422 South Spring Street Suite 203

        Burlington, NC 

        (336) 222-5002


        A nationally recognized “Maker City,” Downtown Burlington, NC, is the Piedmont’s central gathering place for spontaneous interaction and collaborative connections between artisans, innovators, and entrepreneurs. It features a creative arts and entertainment district, an innovation village, and the county’s largest collection of downtown living options.

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        Concord Downtown Development Corporation

        30 Cabarrus Avenue West 

        Concord, NC 

        (704) 784-4208


        Located at the intersection of high-performance living and historic charm, Concord Downtown features an affordable, urban lifestyle within the historic fabric of the center city. It is a goldmine of walkability and connectivity within Cabarrus County.

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          Elizabeth City 

          Elizabeth City Downtown Inc. 

          106 South Water Street 

          Elizabeth City, NC 

          (252) 338-4104


          Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc. envisions downtown Elizabeth City and its waterfront as a premier destination for unique specialty shopping, dining, and cultural events, continuing to enhance Elizabeth City's legacy as the "Harbor of Hospitality."

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            Forest City 

            Explore Forest City 

            128 north Powell Street  

            Forest City, NC 

            (828) 247-4417



            A small town with deep roots, Forest City is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge. Boasting a vibrant downtown community sustained by locally owned businesses and explored through recreation, Forest City is the MOST connected community in western North Carolina.

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              Downtown Goldsboro

              219 North John Street 

              Goldsboro, NC 

              (919) 735-4959


              Downtown Goldsboro is beautiful, historic, lively and full of economic opportunity and gusto. We honor our past while developing diversity and vibrancy to create a cultural arts, entertainment and urban lifestyle center.

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                Kings Mountain 

                Downtown Kings Mountatin 

                101 West Gold Street 

                Kings Mountain,NC 

                (704) 730-2197


                You say you want a Revolution….then downtown Kings Mountain welcomes you! Adjacent to Kings Mountain National Military Park in the Southwest corner of the state, downtown trailblazers have created a pivotal lifestyle center for the community that offers authentic locally owned shopping and dining, live entertainment venues and multi-generational housing options. Come experience the new downtown revolution!


                    Downtown Lenoir 

                    801 West Avenue  

                    Lenoir, NC 

                    (828) 757-4490


                    Powered by people genuinely dedicated 100% to their community, Downtown Lenoir endeavors to engage and connect this creative community through the Arts, Music, Technology, Specialized Trades and Active Living in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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                      Downtown Marion

                      58 Depot Street

                      Marion ,NC 

                      (828) 652-2215

                      Downtown Marion is the gathering place of McDowell County and a thriving center of entrepreneurship and entertainment.

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                        Morehead City 

                        Downtown Morehead City, Inc. 

                        1000 Arendell Street 

                        Morehead City, NC 

                        (336) 264- 6094


                        Downtown Morehead City is the premier year-round waterfront community in eastern North Carolina, known for its coastal lifestyle for residents and visitors.

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                          Downtown Newton Development Association

                          31 North College Avenue

                          Newton, NC 

                          (828) 695-4360


                          Downtown Newton is the gateway to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains where a vibrant lifestyle and love of the arts creates a setting for entrepreneurial growth while preserving the history and charm of the community.

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                            Reidsville Downtown Corporation 

                            330 West Morehead Street 

                            Reidsville, NC 

                            (336) 349-1111


                            Downtown Reidsville, the nucleus of the “Lucky City” and Rockingham County, is the primary destination for champions of creativity, community and business inclusiveness and healthy living opportunities.

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                              Uptown Roxboro Group 

                              105 South Lamar Street

                              Roxboro, NC 

                              (336) 322-6019


                              Nestled between Hyco and Mayo Lakes, Historic Uptown Roxboro is Person County’s hub of community activities and commerce. Uptown preserves its history, while offering quaint shopping, diverse culinary venues and lively cultural arts-all in a safe, family-friendly environment. Come Uptown for the experience and stay for the charm and personality.

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                                Downtown Sanford Inc. 

                                115 Chatham Street

                                Sanford, NC

                                (919) 718-4659


                                We are Downtown Sanford, and we are well centered. Our history grounds us. Our geography connects us. Our potential inspires us. Anchored in our one-hundred-year history and proud of our heritage, we are nevertheless forward thinking and excited by the future. We nurture small town life and remember the importance of a handshake, yet we embrace the arts and innovative technologies which will help us create a welcoming, flexible and diverse business environment well into the 21st Century. We are focused on our past, on our present, and our future.

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                                  Main Street Sylva Association

                                  19 Sylvan Heights

                                  Sylva, NC

                                  (828) 586-2719


                                  Nestled between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway, Sylva, NC is the hub of cultural and recreational resources for our community and the center of independent businesses and services, unique restaurants and quality events for families and visitors.

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                                    Tryon Downtown Development Association

                                    26 Maple Street 

                                    Tryon, NC

                                    (828) 859-6484


                                    Downtown Tryon, at the first rise of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is an inspiring, livable arts community steeped in cultural and equestrian heritage where our present blends with our notable history and drives our future.

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                                      Valdese Main Street Program 

                                      400 Main Street West 

                                      Valdese, NC

                                      (828) 879-2129


                                      Settled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains entrenched in the spirit of the Waldenses, downtown Valdese, just off I-40 in Burke County, welcomes the entrepreneurial spirit to join the 15 new businesses that have opened since 2014. Downtown is forging the future as a safe, balanced, and family oriented third place center that is also devoted to the celebration of its culture, utilization of natural resources, and innovative thinking that guarantees a sustainable future for all people. (Adopted 2019)

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                                        Waxhaw Main Street Program

                                        1150 North Broome Street 

                                        Waxhaw NC

                                        (704) 843-2195


                                        Life is on track in Downtown Waxhaw. Connected by the iconic overhead bridge, Downtown Waxhaw’s streetscapes pay homage to heritage while keeping pace with progress. A vibrant arts community, unique boutiques, and diverse cuisine partnered with professional business services make Waxhaw an epicenter for entrepreneurship and innovation.  


                                            Wilson Downtown Development Corporation 

                                            102 East Main Street 

                                            Wilson, NC

                                            (252) 293-5306


                                            A crossroads of southern charm and modern innovation, Historic Downtown Wilson is the heartbeat of a diverse community where arts, culture and unique business draw people day and night.

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                                              Albemarle Downtown Development

                                              144 North 2nd Street


                                              (704) 467-1792


                                              Downtown Albemarle, NC is the gateway to opportunities in the Uwharrie Lake Region, promoting healthy living through recreation, arts, education, and entertainment.

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                                                Belmont Main Street

                                                37 N. Main Street

                                                Belmont, NC 



                                                Located 6 miles from Charlotte Douglas International Airport, downtown Belmont is weaving a history within three districts: The Chronicle District, Historic Downtown and the River District. We are advancing the hub of a growing collection of independently owned businesses exemplifying an environment supportive of small business and entrepreneurial development. These distinct districts connected by trolley, trail, sidewalks and city streets, offer a variety of experiences from outdoor recreational opportunities, to downtown living, dining and family-friendly entertainment.

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                                                  Downtown Boone Development Association 

                                                  567 West King Street

                                                  Boone, NC 

                                                  (828) 268-6283


                                                  Embraced by the gentle slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the campus of Appalachian State University, Boone is a real downtown experience – a community with heart, focused on its economic, social and environmental impact and dedicated to the enriching experiences of art, history, music, food and shopping.

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                                                    Cherryville Main Street Program 

                                                    220 Easy Main Street

                                                    Cherryville, NC 

                                                    (704) 435-3451


                                                    A vibrant historic downtown of unique, eclectic small businesses thriving in a friendly, entrepreneurial environment while renewing our infrastructure, adding new businesses, increasing pedestrian traffic, promoting the arts, and celebrating our rich heritage - - one of North Carolina’s top 10 small towns.

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                                                      Downtown Eden 

                                                      308 East Stadium Drive 

                                                      Eden, NC 

                                                      (910) 299-4904

                                                      Eden is the hub of outdoor recreation, active living and innovative opportunities in the Northern Piedmont Region of North Carolina and Virginia. It is a friendly, accepting community in which you can grow a business, nurture your creativity or explore our rich

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                                                        Elkin Main Street Advisory Board 

                                                        226 North Bridge Street  

                                                        Elkin, NC 

                                                        (336) 258-8908


                                                        Elkin is the most creatively connected downtown in the heart of the Yadkin Valley wine, trail and cultural arts regions.

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                                                        Downtown Fuquay-Varina

                                                        134 North Main Street

                                                        Fuquay-Varina, NC 

                                                        (919) 752-0840


                                                        Downtown Fuquay-Varina, the heart of southern Wake County, blends locally owned shops, restaurants, and craft beverages with a vibrant arts scene in two historic districts.

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                                                          Downtown Hendersonville

                                                          125 5th Avenue W

                                                          Hendersonville, NC 

                                                          (828) 233-3216


                                                          Downtown Hendersonville is a national leader in providing the authentic small town urban infrastructure and character needed to support and interweave a vibrant entrepreneurial environment with urban livability.

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                                                            PRIDE of Kinston 

                                                            327 North Queen Street  

                                                            Kinston, NC 

                                                            (252) 550-0764


                                                            Downtown Kinston is revitalizing itself through broad-based economic development by utilizing its architectural and cultural assets so as to revitalize the historic commercial district while stimulating downtown business and community growth.

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                                                              Uptown Lexington 

                                                              13 East First Avenue 

                                                              Lexington, NC 

                                                              (336) 249-0383


                                                              Uptown Lexington, located at the southern tip of the Piedmont Triad, is the largest collection of independently owned businesses in Davidson County. With a rich heritage in cultural celebrations, furniture, art, and entertainment, Uptown Lexington is fostering the next generation of innovative entrepreneurs and artisans.

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                                                                Downtown Monroe

                                                                121 West Morgan Street  

                                                                Monroe ,NC 

                                                                (704) 292-1705


                                                                The success of Downtown Monroe will be due to a lively mix of quality retail shops, professional services, restaurants, entertainment, and upper-floor residential space, providing a variety of opportunities for a distinct cultural experience. Downtown will retain a safe, friendly, small-town pedestrian-oriented atmosphere for residents and visitors while engaging a positive spirit enhanced by its distinct sense of place built upon its rich agricultural history and architecturally significant buildings.

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                                                                  Morganton Main Street 

                                                                  112 B West Union Street

                                                                  Morganton, NC 

                                                                  (828) 438-5252


                                                                  Downtown is the economic, historic and cultural heart of Morganton.  It is the place that identifies us as a community to the outside world, the site where we gather for festivals, concerts and other cultural events; the center for successful, community-based businesses; and the home of our local governments and civic institutions.  Downtown is the single most important place in our community, past and future.

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                                                                    North Wilkesboro

                                                                    Downtown North Wilkesboro

                                                                    208 9th Street 

                                                                    North Wilkesboro, NC 

                                                                    (336) 667-7129


                                                                    Downtown North Wilkesboro will be the County's center for arts & culture. leisure & entertainment. fine dining and independently owned shops

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                                                                      Roanoke Rapids 

                                                                      Main Street Roanoke Rapids 

                                                                      1040 Roanoke Avenue 

                                                                      Roanoke Rapids, NC 

                                                                      (252) 533-2838


                                                                      From the railroad to the river, Historic Roanoke Rapids has a rich history as a creative and productive place for the community.  It is the location of choice for goods and services that support family gatherings and recreation, and the district offers the largest collection of locally owned businesses in Halifax County.

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                                                                         Rutherford Town Rising 

                                                                        129 N Main Street

                                                                        Rutherfordton, NC

                                                                        (828) 287-3520


                                                                        Rutherfordton, a minted original, the gold standard of small town living where the mountains are our backyard and Downtown is the destination for thriving businesses.  Downtown is the center in Rutherford County for community fitness, fine arts and fun, and is the place to be for both businesses & residents.

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                                                                        Uptown Shelby Association 

                                                                        211 South Trade Street 

                                                                        Shelby, NC

                                                                        (704) 484-3100


                                                                        Uptown Shelby is the social, cultural, and independent business hub of Cleveland County. In this vibrant, walkable district, we celebrate our musical and artistic roots, our small businesses, and healthy living.

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                                                                          Spruce Pine 

                                                                          Downtown Spruce Pine 

                                                                          165 Locust Street 

                                                                          Spruce Pine, NC

                                                                          (828) 765-3008

                                                                          Spruce Pine is a destination for arts and culture and a gateway to outdoor activities and educational opportunities.  It is a vibrant downtown that encourages active, local living and cultivates entrepreneurship and small business development.

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                                                                            Downtown Tarboro

                                                                            500 Main Street 

                                                                            Tarboro, NC

                                                                            ((252) 641-4242


                                                                            Nestled between the Historic District, an alluring 15-acre Town Common, and the banks of the Tar River, Downtown Tarboro serves as the front porch to businesses and residents. The beautiful, walkable streetscape highlights Downtown’s historic character and a diverse mix of specialty & service shops offering locally made, goods, art, and unique finds.  The local brewery, coffee house, bakery, and restaurants offer inviting spaces, a taste of Tarboro, and a friendly atmosphere where warm welcomes and connections are made.  Throughout the year, cultural festivals feature live music, dancing, a variety of foods, and the chance to connect with the community. 

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                                                                              Wake Forest

                                                                              Wake Forest Downtown 

                                                                              301 South White Street 

                                                                              Wake Forest, NC

                                                                              (919) 435-9415


                                                                              Downtown Wake Forest, anchored by a vibrant historic district and rooted in education, continually reinvents itself to offer a diverse, compelling and creative blend of old and new. As a hub of greater Northern Wake County, it's a destination of distinctive cultural, shopping, dining, living, learning and entertainment experiences.

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                                                                                Downtown Waynesville Association 

                                                                                9 South Main Street 

                                                                                Waynesville, NC 

                                                                                (828) 456-3517


                                                                                Downtown Waynesville is the primary civic, retail, commercial, cultural and entertainment center of the community. It provides a "Sense of Place" and a "Sense of Community" through a shared memory of our past and commitment to the future with emphasis on quality planning and design, a balance