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In Gaston County, North Carolina



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.


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

Mount Holly Farmers Market

River Street Park

Awaken Gallery

Mount Holly Municipal Complex

Tailrace Marina

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

Mountain Island Park

This park features river access, a 1.6-mile walking trail part of the Carolina Thread Trail and afishing pier.

Tuckaseege Park

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


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.

National Trails Day


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


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.


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.


Mountain Island Tailrace Park Trail



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



.3 Miles One Way

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

Catawba Riverfront Greenway



1.5 Miles One Way

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

620 N. Main St.

Belmont, NC 28012

Phone: 704-825-4044

Toll Free: 1-800-849-9994

Visitors Center is closed
until further notice.

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