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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.



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.