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Welcome to Hillsborough

Hillsborough may be a small town, but it has a vast history that shaped it into the wonderful place it is to live today. Centrally located in North Carolina among all the Triangle cities, Hillsborough is a hub for opportunity. The charming community has become a popular getaway spot due to its diverse offerings of special events—mark your calendars and come visit yourself!

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At a Glance

Getting Around

Raleigh-Durham International Airport: 31 minutes
Durham: 18 minutes
Research Triangle Park: 24 minutes
Major Roads: Route 70, I-85, I-40, Highway 86


Population: 7,115
Zip Codes: 27278
County: Orange
Median Home Value: $323,927

Spotlights of Hillsborough

Downtown Historic District

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Hillsborough is a haven for history lovers. Guided tours of the historic district feature more than 100 buildings from the late 18th and 19th centuries. Visitors can look forward to seeing everything from Revolutionary War reenactments to homes tied to the Civil War era.

Eno River State Park

Eno River State Park is an outdoor lover’s paradise, totaling 2,700 acres of land with 21 miles of maintained hiking trails. With five access areas, this state park has become a go-to spot for locals to hike, canoe, and fish. And if you really can’t get enough of the nature scene, individual and group camping sites are available for overnight stays!

Volume Records & Beer

It’s time to put your records on at Volume Records & Beer in downtown Hillsborough. This record shop is for all the old souls who believe music sounds better played on vinyl. If you’re in the downtown area, then you can’t skip out on this bar—and for the record, their selection of beer is delicious, too!

Hillsborough Attractions

What You'll LOVE in Hillsborough

Hillsborough boasts a long-standing reputation of being a small-town rich in history, which is one of the many reasons why people love to call this place home. Here are a few more Hillsborough highlights that you are sure to love:

Locally-Owned Shops

There is nothing more rewarding than shopping small, and Hillsborough has a variety of stores with items specially-curated by local business owners. From gift shops to jewelry stores, the unique shops in Hillsborough simply can’t be found anywhere else. Downtown and West Hillsborough are the hot-spot areas for a one-of-a-kind shopping experience!

Outdoor Adventures

Hillsborough is one of the oldest communities in North Carolina, and many of its sweet historic homes are immersed in scenic beauty. Ayr Mount, one of these historic hidden gems, is a Federal-era plantation house located along the ‘Poets Walk’ trail. Outdoor lovers thrive at this historic site with a mile-long loop around the grounds, expansive gardens, and riverside lookouts to explore.

Annual Festivals & Events

There is always something to put on the calendar when you live in Hillsborough. No matter what time of year it is, annual festivals and events are happening all over the area. If you want to experience the heart of Hillsborough, the Hillsborough Arts Council hosts an arts and crafts show each April. There’s live music, an artisan market, and over 40 food and drink vendors.

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