Holloway Mountain is a fantastic area for new climbers. The top access to the rock allows for easy toprope setup, but make sure to bring static line, slings or cordelette, because the wall is lacking bolted anchors. There are a couple of bolted sport routes at Holloway, including Changeling, a 5.12. There are also some great trad leads as well.
The rock gets the sun in the afternoon, which allows for great conditions all year round if it isn't snowing. Weekends can occasionally be crowded, especially in summer, but weekdays are a great time to hit up Holloway.
Holloway is used by Appalachian State University's Recreation Management program to teach climbing site facilitation, and is also utilized by several other local schools for outdoor education, so it is possible to run into a group of students while climbing. They typically stick to the right side of the rock.
From Boone, head down Hwy 105 to Fosco. Take a left at the bank, and follow the road until the turnoff for Holloway Mountain Road. Follow the road to the small turnout parking area, and then walk along the road until you hit the trail on your left. Follow the trail to the main wall.
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Holloway Mountain:
This a nice place to climb, the routes are short but offer a large variaty of climbs close together with easy access from the road and to the top if you dont want to lead any of them. The 10a is really good with .10 move after move.
Is there a specific reason that a (some) bolted anchor(s) haven't been put up? I've climbed here before, and don't see a reason not to add a couple, being that there already are bolts at the crag, and since, it's such a beginning area, might make it easier (safer) for beginners? I might volunteer if there was community accordance, better to ask...