Gaston County, population about 190,000 is known for its textile heritage. Historic areas in the county feature lovely old homes, which were owned by factory mill owners in the 18th and 19thcentury. Belmont and Mount Holly are high‐growth areas, with new bistros and coffee shops in historic neighborhoods and old mills converting to condos. Gastonia is the largest city in Gaston County. Gaston County has varied topography, with the maximum elevations of 1,690 feet (King’s Pinnacle) and 1,625 (Crowder’s Mountain) both located in the Crowders MountainState Park, part of which is located within the city limits of Gastonia, several miles west of downtown.
In Belmont‐ the hot spot of Gaston county‐ young families are snapping up homes in the historic district as well as in newer neighborhoods such as Reflection Pointe and Misty Waters along Lake Wylie. Belmont is also home to picturesque Belmont Abbey College and the nationally recognized Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Downtown’s Stowe Park hosts movies, concerts and festivals. Don’t miss the old fashioned Belmont General Store on Main Street.
Bordered to the east by the Catawba River and Mountain Island Lake, and to the south by the major roadway of I‐85, Mount Holly offers the charm of a small southern town. Historic areas offer cute Craftsman style bungalows on tree‐lined streets with large lots. Newer subdivisions also surround the area, and some offer Lake Wylie access for boating and recreation.
Mountain Island Lake was created in 1924. It is one of Northwest Charlotte’s many recreational havens. An important wildlife area, this nearly 3,000‐acre lake provides drinking water to the residents of Mecklenburg and Gaston counties. Other favorite recreational areas include Hornets’ Nest Park and LattaPlantation Park, where residents enjoy horseback riding and fishing. Some popular communities in the Mountain Island lake area include: Stonewater, Mountain Point, Mt. Isle Harbor, Preservation Pointe and Overlook.
The town of McAdenville is located on the South Fork River and is the headquarters of Pharr Yarns. The company has operated a yarn manufacturing plant in the town for many years and is the town’s largest employer. The quiet little town of McAdenvillecomes alive in spectacular fashion each year as Christmas draws near. Almost overnight, the small textile town is transformed into “Christmas Town, USA.”, with lights strung throughout the town and on every home.