Hillsborough, North Carolina is a beautiful small town located just west of Chapel Hill in Orange County. The area was first founded in 1752 but not named until 1766. Many royal governors lived in Hillsborough and after the Revolution, Hillsborough hosted the state’s Constitutional Convention of 1778 which demanded the Bill of Rights be added to the U.S. Constitution. People in Hillsborough take pride in their community’s long history, and you can see it for yourself – there are more than 100 late 18th and early 19th century structures still standing in the town. Part of Hillsborough’s charm is its numerous historical and natural places to visit. Walk along King or Tryon Street and check out the old church buildings still in use, or the old Orange County Courthouse. For those not afraid of getting a little spooky, there are four town cemeteries that offer a glimpse into Hillsborough’s rich history.

For those who enjoy the outdoors, be sure to check out one of three gardens or three natural areas. The Occoneechee Mountain State Natural area features nearly two miles of trails to hike and explore, and the Montrose Gardens are sure to please. The recently completely River Walk takes walkers along the Eno river and is a segment in the NC Mountains-To-Sea trail.


Orange County Schools

The Orange County Schools district serves the Hillsborough community with its 13 schools. The district educates about 7,100 students each year and employs 518 teachers. Parents are able to choose for their children to attend a year-round school if they feel that a year-round schedule would best suit their child, as the district has one school operating under that schedule. The other 12 schools operate on a quarterly schedule with each quarter consisting of 9 weeks. In a new study, Orange County schools were ranked 9th in the United States.

The Orange County Schools benefits from its proximity to the Triangle. With The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University and North Carolina State University, among many others located within an hour’s drive, students in the district have an array of opportunity laid out before them. Teachers in the district are committed to helping each student reach their goals and achieve academic and personal success.




Many people in Hillsborough commute to work within Orange County. The largest employers in the County are UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Health Care System, the local school districts in Chapel Hill and Orange County, Town governments and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Small businesses also flourish in Orange County, and benefit from the creative minds coming out of the area’s Universities.

The median income in the county is $85,866. The towns in Orange County are marked with a stable workforce in the rural areas, educated populations and diverse employment opportunities. With Interstates 40 and 85 converging in the heart of the County, residents of Hillsborough have easy access to the Triangle of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill and the Triad of Greensboro, Winston-Salem and Wake Forest. This convenient location makes it easier than ever for people in the County to find work. Whether you’re looking to start a business or find employment in an existing company, the opportunities are vast in Orange County.



The Riverwalk

Finished in late 2014, the Riverwalk has been a great attraction for Hillsborough, attracting walkers and nature-lovers to the town.

Riverwalk is a paved, accessible, urban greenway that stretches about 1.8 miles along the Eno River between Gold Park in western Hillsborough and trails east of town. It is a free popular trail for walking, jogging and cycling, and provides pedestrian connections between several neighborhoods.

The greenway’s downtown portion, which goes along the town’s central River Park, is the primary route of the N.C. Mountains-to-Sea Trail, and the first section of the statewide trail system to be constructed in Orange County.

Riverwalk also is one of the few sections of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail located in an urban environment, giving users easy access to restrooms, restaurants and shopping. Along the Hillsborough Riverwalk explore a whimsical castle stickwork sculpture by renowned artist Patrick Dougherty called “A Sight to Behold.”

(from hillsboroughnc.gov)

Listings in Hillsborough

3323 Carriage Trail

SOLD- Picturesque lake front home ideally located between Hillsborough and Chapel Hill. Transitional architectural detailing with curved walls, crown moldings, large picture windows to take in the lovely view. Lower level has...

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113 Tremont Circle

SOLD – You will love this well-kept move-in ready home in the Chapel Hill School District. The kitchen opens up to the family room and walks out to a large deck and backyard. Nice breakfast area with sunny window bay....

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412 W King St

SOLD – Classic style, renovated home in the heart of historic Hillsborough! Home is full of upgrades, like Stainless Appliances in kitchen with built in pantry, a formal dining room with wall of builtin Bookshelves and a...

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4225 New Hope Springs Rd.

SOLD- Showing for back up contracts-Beautiful home on private lot in great location between Hillsborough and Chapel Hill. Sitting on a 1 acre lot, and backing up to greenery and a firepit, this home has the feel of a classic...

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501 Botan Way

SOLD- Barely lived in and great opportunity for new homeowner. This home backs up to protected tree buffer. Open floor plan with hardwood floors main level and stairs. Open kitchen with large granite island, 42 inch cabinets, Gas...

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1607 W Bromfield Drive

SOLD Beautiful home in popular Churton Grove. Close to downtown with neighborhood amenities! Fantastic floor plan with 3 bedrooms on the Main level. Hardwood floors in main level living areas. Formal Dining room, Kitchen with...

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133 Rubrum Drive

SOLD – Freshly painted Waterstone Town Home backing up to green space and creek. Open floorplan with engineered hardwoods on the main floor. Kitchen with granite counters and breakfast bar. Stainless appliances. 3 Bedrooms...

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416 Lafayette Dr.

SOLD – Beautiful Cornwallis Hills home in Move in ready condition. Bamboo floors on main level. New carpet on second floor. Main floor master. Nice deck and fire pit area in back yard overlooking a wooded area. Washer,...

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129 Rubrum Dr.

Fantastic Move in Ready Waterstone Townhome backing up to green space. Engineered Hardwood floors on main level. Open floorplan with large kitchen. Stainless appliances, gas range. Loft area perfect for office space. Washer,...

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4734 Old Lake Trail

SOLD – Beautiful lot situated on Orange Lake. Just 7 miles from downtown Hillsborough!

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