Located just west of Durham and north of Chapel Hill, Hillsborough is a small town haven just a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of Duke and UNC. Hillsborough boasts a vibrant live music scene, numerous art galleries, beautiful outdoor recreation opportunities, and incredible historic sites.
Historic Downtown Hillsborough offers countless opportunities for shopping, dining, and hanging out. Leisurely stroll through the town’s art galleries, grab a pint at local favorite The Wooden Nickel Pub, and don’t miss out on a southern small-town tradition – barbeque – at Hillsborough Barbeque Company.
Outdoor enthusiasts can pop into Weaver Street Market for a picnic lunch to-go before heading out on the Hillsborough Riverwalk Greenway, a 2-mile paved trail along the winding Eno River. For those looking to escape even further into nature, Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area features unpaved hiking trails and the highest point in Orange County. Take a short drive east to Eno River State Park, where almost 28 miles of trails traverse 3,900 acres of woodlands and offer top-notch recreation opportunities like camping and fishing.
Hillsborough is one of the oldest communities in North Carolina and was an important center of trade at the time of the American Revolution. The town and surrounding areas boast a number of significant historic sites that are well-loved by tourists and locals alike. Ayr Mount, a federal-era plantation house, is located just 3 minutes from downtown – the estate offers guided tours of the house and boasts expansive scenic trails and grounds to explore. Hillsborough’s downtown district is on the National Register of Historic Places and has earned the town the title of a “museum without walls.”
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