Exploring Holly Springs today is like exploring a whole new town—and that’s because it just about IS a whole new town! The past 5-10 years have seen massive changes in this part of Wake County, though most agree it’s been managed in a way that’s minimized many of the growing pains often associated with expansion.
The town is now at just over 40,000 residents—an increase of over 60% since 2010—making it the 26th largest in North Carolina. With so much growth, you can bet there are some lifestyle delights here, so let’s explore!
What’s for breakfast in Holly Springs?
Holly Springs has encouraged a range of dining options, so while you’ll find grab-and-go options like Starbucks, Panera and Rise, you can also settle in at restaurants like First Watch, Eggs Up Grill, or Sir Walter Coffee & Kitchen. Another popular choice is Sweetberry Bowls, known for their signature combinations of fresh fruit and other ingredients atop an anti-oxidant-rich acai berry base. (All these restaurants also offer full and varied lunch menus so if you miss them for one meal you can get them later in the day!)
What’s to do?
This is a town that thrives on outdoor activities, with 6 parks in its 17 mile plot, so when you’re ready to walk off breakfast, explore Holly Springs’ nature, sports and R&R. There are parks for every personality:
- Sugg Farm is home to the town’s major celebrations, from July 4th festivities to Holly Fest in November along with a variety of smaller festivals. It’s also a popular destination for walking and jogging, and home to a fun new dog park with separate areas for large and small breeds. Two large fields even provide ample space for the less common activities of archery and radio-controlled aircraft fields.
- Jones Park boasts a disc golf course as well as a winding North-South greenway.
- Bass Lake Park is the spot for a little fishing; rent a canoe or one of the trailing motor boats and see if you can catch some catfish, bass or others. There’s also a picnic area, nature trail and a small nature center with exhibits, ideal for the little ones in your party.
- At Parrish Womble Park you’ll find more soccer, plus tennis, volleyball and horseshoes; there’s also a playground and plenty of walking or jogging paths.
- TING Park, home to the college-age Coastal League’s Salamanders, houses baseball, plus pickleball, tennis and basketball. Two playgrounds serve the under 12 set.
Shopping and other past times
There are multiple malls and mixed-use areas in town, but you may want to gravitate to Holly Springs’ new walkable downtown first. Bless Your Heart boutique, part of Town Hall Commons or Our Moments in Time, just across the street, are both popular gift, household decor and clothing stops. (Additional shopping and dining, as well as a new co-working space, opens this spring at The Block on Main.)
Runners will enjoy Pace Yourself Run Company—with expert help choosing shoes and gear, plus a well-earned reputation for after-run pints at their bar and Runner’s Clubhouse area. You’ll often see groups of runners kicking back with their draughts in Adirondack chairs post-run.
The Holly Springs Cultural Center has a small theater inside, bringing a rotation of music, comedy and dramatic performances as well as classes, and movies. The town library shares the same building.
Ready to explore a few Holly Springs dining spots?
The Pimiento Tea Room, just opened a few blocks up from downtown. Open for lunch or supper, its relaxed, playful ambience and creative, ever-changing menu is attracting guests. Indulge in one of their custom cocktails, or load up on tasty savories (pimento profiteroles are a specialty), sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts.
The Mason Jar Tavern’s Holly Springs location, near Target and Marshall’s, off the Hwy 55 bypass. is well-loved for burgers, tacos and sandwiches at lunch, and entrees with a southern flair at dinner.
Fish & seafood fans will want to try The Blind Pelican, for their fresh catch offerings, or Osha Thai Kitchen downtown for sushi and more scrumptious entrees. Or, if you’re feeling casual and crave abundant, affordable, fresh-fried seafood platters and overflowing sandwiches, the Skrimp Shack may be a better choice.
This is just a fraction of the fun you’ll find when you start exploring Holly Springs, so it’s worth a visit. And if you’re considering a move there, we’d love to help you find the perfect home.