By TMoM Team Member Katie Moosbrugger

If you’re looking for a quick day trip out of town to try something new and unique, a visit to Downtown Mocksville (just 30 minutes west of Winston-Salem) might be just what your family needs!

I stumbled upon this little gem last year when our family was coming home from Carrigan Farms. We wanted to make a stop for something sweet and Waze found an ice cream store on Main Street in Mocksville. We veered into downtown and discovered Scoops, an old-fashioned ice cream store that boasts over 60 flavors and offers HUGE scoops on cones, as well as an adorable downtown that was calling me to come back and visit.

Sure enough, a few months later, I made plans with friends to have lunch at Restaurant 101, right on the corner Main Street and Court Square (a popular location for events and concerts). Restaurant 101 offers seating inside and out, as well as a menu that appeals to just about everyone with delicious plates and reasonable prices. They offer everything from burgers, wraps and salads to entrees featuring pasta, seafood and steaks.

After lunch we strolled down historic Main Street to visit a few of the other local businesses. Right next to Restaurant 101 is O’Callahans Publick House, an Irish pub that also features music and entertainment in the evenings. There are a few other restaurants downtown, plus some that are not far away. A good list of other dining options can be found here.

There are a bunch of cute shops worth visiting (and some just outside of downtown), but you can see a good list HERE of what’s available for a shopping trip in Mocksville.

This summer, the kids and I were craving another generous cone from Scoop’s, so we made a second visit to downtown and took a detour through the Rich Park (299 Cemetery St) on the way home. This park is beautiful, very clean, and shady – a great escape on a hot summer day. There is a long nature walking trail (mainly through the woods) and two playgrounds for the kids. If you want to avoid a sometimes crowded Tanglewood Park, Rich Park is a great alternative!

Downtown Mocksville makes for a fun and short day trip, but there are a ton of other excursions that you can add to your visit to make it a full day adventure. Below are other suggestions to try in Mocksville!

RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls —“The Bullhole”

Located on the South Yadkin River in Woodleaf, NC (a 15 minute drive from Mocksville), the Bullhole is a popular swimming hole at RiverPark. At the park, you can also hike, fish, picnic and book a zip line or riverboat ride. Click HERE for a good article that shares the history, directions and more information.


Brantley Farms
302 Brantley Farms Road

Colin Creek Farms
302 Chestnut Trail

Granite Ridge Farms
5142 HWY 601 N


Lazy Elm Vineyard and Winery
523 Danner Road, Mocksville

Rayson Vineyards and Winery
3577 Highway 158, Mocksville


For more day trip ideas, click here!

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*Some images used above came from the Facebook pages of locations mentioned above