Welcome to Hillsborough

Outdoor adventure meets historic charm

From its gently rolling topography to its scenic beauty, Hillsborough, North Carolina, is a place that truly captures the imagination. With over three centuries of rich history, downtown Hillsborough is often considered North Carolina’s getaway. It is also near The Triangle and some of North Carolina’s most desirable destinations. With a population of just over 9,700 residents, Hillsborough is a picture-perfect small town located less than 20 minutes from downtown Durham.

Stroll the charming downtown core or walk along the one-and-a-half-mile riverwalk. Hillsborough is best explored on foot. With its exceptional shopping, restaurants, and outdoor recreational areas, there’s so much to love about Hillsborough. 

What to Love

  • Riverwalk and recreational trails near downtown Hillsborough 
  • Known for its local art festivals and events 
  • A beautiful, historic town north of the Triangle
  • Located 20 minutes northwest of Durham 

Local Lifestyle

With its nature trails, historic downtown, and many festivals throughout the year, Hillsborough is the epitome of small-town living. Thanks to its proximity to The Triangle, Hillsborough is perfect for those who want nearby big-city amenities without sacrificing tranquility. Hillsborough is set along the Eno River, where many people participate in outdoor recreational activities like hiking, cycling, and more. It is also just a short distance from the Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area. Along with its abundance of outdoor activities, Hillsborough hosts many events and festivals throughout the year.

If you’re considering moving to the area, Hillsborough has various architectural styles, including traditional, craftsman, and modern homes. You even have the option to buy a lot and build your dream home. If you feel equally at home in nature as in a quaint town, then Hillsborough is the place for you.  

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Known for its quaint downtown and fabulous shops, Hillsborough is a welcoming community where you can enjoy the best of small-town living. For the freshest baked goods and locally-sourced food, check out Weaver Street Market. Ideally located in the downtown square, Weaver Street Market has a fabulous outdoor patio to enjoy scenic views of Colonial buildings and lush gardens. They have plenty of selections from their seasonal food bar. After you’ve enjoyed brunch at Weaver Street Market, check out Vietri, a local boutique featuring high-end Italian goods. Shop for exquisite dining sets or home decor pieces, and bring a piece of Italy home with you. 

If you love Carolina barbeque, check out Hillsborough BBQ Company. Try some of their homestyle favorites, including barbeque pork, chicken, and ribs. Their signature homemade macaroni and cheese is a must-have for an authentic barbeque experience in the Carolinas. If you prefer fine dining, check out the restaurant in the historic Colonial Inn. With a rich history dating back to the 18th century, the Colonial Inn is Hillsborough’s premier bed and breakfast, featuring exceptional breakfast and dinner options. Try their signature cocktails, including the Orange County and the Sweet Tea Sipper. 

Things to Do

Often considered North Carolina’s getaway destination, there is always something going on in this idyllic town. Hillsborough hosts many events and festivals throughout the year, including the Last Friday Art Walk, held on the last Friday of every month from March to November. The Last Friday Art Walk celebrates local art by selling and promoting their work. They also host many activities and live shows, making it one of the area’s most celebrated events. 

During the summer and fall, check out Hillsborough Farmers Market. It is a gathering place for local farmers to sell their produce and goods. It’s a lively, pet-friendly venue where you can shop for the best locally-sourced produce. Another popular local event is the Hillsborough Garden Tour, held bi-annually on odd-numbered years. During the years they host this special event, you can experience the best of Hillsborough’s rich history and lush greenery. 

If you love the rugged outdoors, Hillsborough is just a short distance from Eno River State Park. Some popular activities include hiking, mountain biking, and canoeing. It’s also one of the area’s most popular fishing destinations. Set on over 2,700 acres of public land, the Eno River State Park is one of the area’s most popular outdoor attractions. 


Similar to many surrounding communities, Hillsborough is part of the Orange County School District. Some of the area’s top educational opportunities include:
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