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Getting Here

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.

History

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.

Explore all there is to do in

Mount Holly

Dutchman's Creek Access Area

Access the Catawba River and Dutchman's Creek here in Mount Holly. Parking lot and trash cans available.

Papa Steves Mobile Board Shop

Stand-up paddle board rentals, weekends during the summer at the Mount Holly Boat Landing near Dutchman’s Creek starting at $30 for two hours.

Mount Holly Municipal Complex

Tailrace Marina

Tailrace Marina is located on the Catawba River in Mount Holly with restaurant onsite.

Mount Holly Boat Landing

The Mount Holly Boat Landing is on private property but is accessible to anyone wanting to access the water for $2 per person.

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.

Tuckaseege Park

Visitors make use of the playground, dog park, walking trail and skate park and much more.

Aquatic Adventures

Enjoyable, safe, and fun aquatic experiences! Aquatic Adventures offers adventures on the water for individuals and groups.

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.

River Street Park

Awaken Gallery

Awaken Gallery, located in Mount Holly, displays art by local artists with a mission to create conversation.

SIGNATURE EVENTS

National Trails Day

June

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

October

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.

National Trails Day

June

Celebrated on the first Saturday of June, our National Trails Day celebration is a great way to kick off the summer on segments of the Thread Trail on land and water!

Spring Fest

May

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.

UNIQUE DINING

Jack Beagle's

JackBeagle's takes pride in the preparation of our award-winning food using fresh ingredients, preparing home-made sauces, and using the best ingredients possible!

Vasileio's

Authentic Italian food with some Greek and American specialties. They take great pleasure in serving our community and invite you to join us for a true Italian meal.

Brightstar Grill

Brightstar Grill in Mount Holly was once an old fashioned drive-in burger joint that still serves up the most delicious burger around.

JR Cash's Grill & Bar

JR Cash's Grill & Bar in Mount Holly is a great place to sit back on their covered patio and overlook the Catawba River.

HIKE & BIKE THESE TRAILS

Mountain Island Park Trail

Trail

Easy

1.6 Miles One Way

The trailhead, parking, playground and viewing area are next to Mountain Island Lake Dam, a hydroelectric dam owned by Duke Power.

Mount Holly Linear Park Trail

Paved

Easy

.3 Miles One Way

This concrete trail with runs along a railroad separated by a decorative fence.

Catawba Riverfront Greenway

Paved

Easy

1.5 Miles One Way

The greenway works its way along the picturesque Catawba River between the two trailheads.