Welcome to Hillsborough

A Hidden Gem in North Carolina’s Renowned Triangle Area
Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Triangle region, Hillsborough is a hidden gem that offers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. This sought-after town, tucked along the Eno River, boasts a welcoming, peaceful community atmosphere, a central location offering public transportation and close to major highways, and a diverse range of real estate options. Whether you're a buyer seeking a peaceful oasis or a seller looking to capitalize on high home appreciation rates, Hillsborough has something unique to offer.

Stroll down the charming streets of the town’s historic district, where beautifully preserved colonial and Victorian buildings tell stories of the past. Hillsborough is a haven for art lovers, boasting an array of galleries and studios that celebrate local and regional artists. The town's culinary scene is a delightful blend of traditional Southern flavors and innovative farm-to-table dining, sure to tantalize your taste buds. Don't miss exploring the scenic riverwalk, a perfect spot for a leisurely stroll or a peaceful afternoon of fishing. Throughout the year, Hillsborough comes alive with vibrant festivals and community events that showcase its rich culture and friendly community spirit. Whether you're exploring its historic sites, enjoying its artistic offerings, or simply relaxing in one of its cozy cafes, Hillsborough offers a charming and unforgettable experience.

What to Love

  • The well-preserved 18th-century architecture and charming streets
  • Close to Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area for world-class recreation 
  • A warm community where neighbors are lifelong friends
  • Home to the Orange County SportsPlex, a hub for sports and fitness

Local Lifestyle

Life in Hillsborough is all about embracing a slower pace and taking the time to enjoy the little things. Residents relish the opportunity to connect with their neighbors, participate in community events, and savor the rich historical heritage surrounding them. The tranquil atmosphere and access to nature make it an ideal location for those seeking a peaceful retreat while still enjoying the conveniences of the city.

Dining and Entertainment

Hillsborough, NC, is a culinary delight, offering a variety of popular restaurants that cater to a range of tastes and dining preferences, ensuring every meal is an adventure. For those who enjoy the flavors and creativity of tapas and small plates, The Nomad At The Osbunn is a standout choice. This restaurant offers a diverse menu of consistently delicious and inventive dishes, perfect for sharing and sampling a variety of flavors in one sitting. Pizza lovers will be thrilled with Pizza Cornicione, renowned for its high-quality, authentic pizzas. Beyond their pizzas, the restaurant also serves up delectable wings and Brussels sprouts, making it a hit for those who appreciate well-rounded Italian-American cuisine. For those looking for a venue to celebrate special events, The House at Gatewood is the perfect spot. This American cuisine restaurant offers a fantastic atmosphere paired with a menu of classic and contemporary dishes, ensuring a memorable dining experience for any occasion.
Panciuto, a gem for Italian food aficionados, provides a unique dining experience with its ever-changing menu. The chef's commitment to incorporating seasonal, locally sourced ingredients ensures that each visit offers new and exciting flavors. Lastly, Saratoga Grill stands out as a fine dining venue known for its warm atmosphere and varied menu. The restaurant excels in its seafood offerings but also provides a range of other delectable dishes, catering to all palates.

Things to Do

Hillsborough offers an abundance of activities for everyone. A visit to the Occoneechee Speedway Trailhead is a step back to the thrilling days of early motorsports. This historic speedway — one of the first of NASCAR's original tracks — now serves as a unique trail system. Walking along these paths, you can almost hear the roar of the engines and the cheers of the crowds from decades past. The trailhead, surrounded by lush greenery and dotted with informative markers, provides a fascinating glimpse into the history of racing, making it a must-visit for motorsports enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

Just a stone's throw away is the Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area, a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. This area boasts some of the most stunning trails in the region, leading through diverse landscapes, including wooded areas, along riverbanks, and up to the mountain’s summit. The climb to the top is rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the Eno River and the surrounding countryside. It’s an ideal spot for birdwatching, photography, or simply enjoying a peaceful moment amidst nature’s beauty.

After a day filled with history and hiking, visiting Eno River Brewing is a fantastic way to unwind. This local brewery offers a variety of handcrafted beers, each with its unique flavor profile, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. It’s the perfect spot to reflect on the day’s adventures, share stories with friends, or simply enjoy a cold, refreshing drink.

Overview for Hillsborough, NC

9,342 people live in Hillsborough, where the median age is 44.8 and the average individual income is $46,442. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around Hillsborough, NC

There's plenty to do around Hillsborough, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Eno River Brewing, La Muñeca Ice Cream, and Big Spoon Roasters.

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Dining 0.83 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.59 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.51 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 0.46 miles 8 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining · $ 4.76 miles 8 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining 1.58 miles 5 reviews 4.8/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Hillsborough, NC

Hillsborough has 3,914 households, with an average household size of 2.29. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Hillsborough do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 9,342 people call Hillsborough home. The population density is 1,670.06 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in Hillsborough, NC

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The following schools are within or nearby Hillsborough. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Cameron Park Elementary
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K - 12th
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Pinewoods Montessori Schoolcorp
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Hillsborough Elementary
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Central Elementary
PreK - 5th

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