• Hillsborough Map Image


    Hillsborough, founded in 1754, is the birthplace of the North Carolina Regulators, home of Mary Todd Lincoln’s confidante, Elizabeth Keckley, and eternal home of William Hooper, signer of the Declaration of Independence who was laid to rest in the Presbyterian Church Cemetery here in 1790. Much of Hillsborough's downtown is also on the National Register of Historic Places. Discover Hillsborough. On your visit, stay at the restored historic The Colonial Inn..

  • Hillsborough dining


    Wow, here’s a sampling. Hillsborough Bakeshop & Past Co chef, Aaron Vandemark, was nominated as a semifinalist each year from 2011 - 2016 "Best Chef: Southeast” by the James Beard Foundation, and by Food and Wine Magazine for "The People's Best New Chef 2011.” The Wooden Nickel is the kind of bar where you’re just as likely to find a bunch of bikers as you would be to chat with a Ph.d candidate in Shakespeare. It’s beer and bar food and fun. Saratoga Grill: Think fresh mesquite and charcoal grilled seafood, beef and steak, high quality ingredients and snappy service. Find Antonia’s Italian restaurant and Radius Pizza. Around the corner is on West King Street is Nomad's with traditional ethnic dishes and craft cocktails and Cup-A-Joe, best coffee in town or any town. Don't forget the Saturday Eno River Farmers Market. The list goes on and on. Enjoy!

  • Street Night Lights


    West Nash Street, just west of downtown Hillsborough, is one of the hippest streets in Hillsborough. A great place to "hang" and relax, enjoy home brews, award-wining barbecue, music, custard and people watching. The newest entry to Nash Street is the corner Nash Street Tavern, featuring a diverse selection of craft beers and personally selected wines - they also showcase local and regional bands. Just a few doors down is Hillsborough BBQ Company offering pit-cooked whole hog BBQ as its specialty and Whit's Frozen Custard makes their custard fresh everyday.

  • Last Fridays in Hillsborough Summer Blog


    Hillsborough is packed with local food, art and history events and tours year round. Check out Last Fridays and the Friday Art Walk, Revolutionary War Living History Day, River Park Concert, Historic Hillsborough Excursion Day, Hog Day, Moorefields Bluegrass Festival, Home for the Holidays events, Solstice Lantern Walk and more. Visit the calendar page and annual events page.

  • River Walk


    Riverwalk is an 1.8-mile commuter and recreational trail near downtown Hillsborough. It follows the Eno River and is handicap accessible, with paved paths, boardwalks and two 100-foot bridges. The trail is open from Gold Park to River Park through Hillsborough’s historic downtown. The final phase will run south to Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area and east to the Historic Occoneechee Speedway trails and the Poet’s Walk at Ayr Mount. Riverwalk is part of the state’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Free parking is available at Gold Park or at the Eno River Parking Deck beside Weaver Street Market.