Located on the east side of Gaston County, North Carolina along the Catawba River is Mount Holly. Visitors can find this old mill town and fun things to do, by traveling north along Hwy 273 off of exit 27 on I-85.
Things to Do
Downtown Mount Holly offers visitors several places to eat, a coffee shop, bakery, gourmet pop corn, several clothing boutiques and gift store, an art gallery and art studio.
Early risers can grab breakfast in town, then head straight for river access at River Street Park to embark on a paddle down the Catawba River. The park also offers places to picnic, disc golf, fishing pier, playground, basketball, and a walking trail. Located south of town is Tailrace Marina where you can rent all the equipment you need to get on the water.
Mount Holly was originally called Woodlawn at the beginning of Gaston’s Textile Empire, Mount Holly was incorporated in 1879 and officially named after the mill which had been established there by A. Rhyne and D. E. Rhyne. The town has a well-developed retail shopping center and it is located almost on the banks of the Catawba River.
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Mount Holly Farmers Market
Strives to provide the surrounding community with fresh food, grown locally with sustainable practices. Held each Saturday morning May through October, the market not only features farmers and food, but also offers chefdemonstrations, live music and a gathering place for friends and family.
Mountain Island Park
Located below the dam this park features a 1.6-mile natural surface walking trail, mountain bike trails, fishing pier, a natural canoe/kayak launch area, playground, and group primitive campsites.
Mount Holly Historical Society Museum
The Mount Holly Historical Museum is the official home of the city of Mount Holly archives and features rotating exhibits as well as a research library with online access to genealogical websites and back issues of the Mount Holly News from 1945-2005.
National Trails Day
National Trails Day celebration is a great way to kick off the summer on segments of the Thread Trail on land and water! The annual American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day is the country’s largest celebration of trails featuring a series of outdoor activities across the United States designed to promote and celebrate the importance of trails to our communities.
Mount Holly Lantern Parade
This family-friendly parade features over 500 artists, community members, teachers and their students showing off their creations, which fit into a designated theme. Participants from as far away as Canada, DC, and Colorado will be joining local artists and community members.
Mount Holly Springfest in Downtown Mount Holly. Bring your family and friends. and celebrate spring. This festival features a car show, over 120 different vendors, lots of food, great music and a kids zone.