With close to 20,000 residents, Holly Springs is an up-and-coming town known for its quaint and inviting downtown area and bounty of recreational open spaces.
The new 35,000-square-foot, two-story Town Hall, which was designed using a 19th-century architectural style, complete with a cupola with a large clock that faces Main Street and an outdoor plaza with a fountain, serves as the town’s centralized destination point.
Holly Springs is all about community. The town sponsors many family-oriented festivals and activities throughout the year, including the HollyFest celebration in October. Festivities include free children’s rides, music, food, arts and crafts, a 5-K race and fireworks. Also in October is the Kiwanis Club Haunted Schoolhouse, where volunteers decorate the town’s community center for a scary Halloween treat. Then there’s the Main Street Christmas Festival, where residents help decorate the Town Hall Christmas tree, enjoy hayrides and listen to local church carolers. The Happy Holly Days Parade, a festive December parade that marches down Main Street, is a longtime local favorite. Annual entries include everything from local school marching bands and town officials to local gymnastic and martial arts schools. There’s also a combination town cultural center and Wake County library located downtown, proving additional educational and cultural experiences.
Holly Springs is also blessed with plenty of outside recreation venues. The 46-acre Parrish Womble Park has baseball and soccer fields, playground equipment, a small fishing pond, a picnic shelter, an amphitheater, a paved walking trail, and areas for horseshoes and volleyball.
Next to Womble Park is the Hunt Community Center. It has fitness classes, arts and crafts classes, afterschool programs and more. The fitness room is equipped with stationary bikes, treadmills and elliptical machines, as well as resistance machines for every major muscle group.
There’s also the 90-acre Bass Lake Park, which offers a lake stocked with an assortment of fish. Canoes and small boats, along with fishing gear, are available for rent. A 1.25-mile trail along the lakeshore features scenic overlooks. And just outside town is the Harris Lake County Park, which offers hiking trails, along with 8.5 miles of mountain bike trails, a disc golf course, a fishing pier, playground equipment and picnic shelters. A North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission boat ramp nearby offers access to the lake, which is popular with bass, crappie and catfish anglers.