Our Small Town Has a Big-Time History

Area-Attractions

Our native Hillsborough is a peaceful respite from the bustle of the Triangle. Known for offering a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, plus arts and culture and a bevy of historical sites, the town is fun for seniors, young families, and everyone in between.

From the doorstep of TerraBella Hillsborough, it’s steps to Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area, with its 124 acres of land offering miles of trails, plentiful wildlife and beautiful vistas from the highest point in the area atop the mountain. The natural area makes a fine place to walk, have a picnic, and even fish the Eno River. There’s also the Riverwalk Greenway, which connects to a piece of living history: Occoneechee Speedway Trail, which is the only surviving dirt speedway from NASCAR’s inaugural season in 1949.

Civil War and American history also lives on in Hillsborough’s downtown historic district, where more than 100 homes, buildings and other structures remain from the late 18th and 19th centuries. Downtown also provides a backdrop for many of the town’s festivals and special events, including regular concerts and art shows, and yearly events like the Hillsborough Hog Day BBQ Festival each May and the Handmade Parade in October.

Modern-day Hillsborough is considered a haven for writers and artists. No wonder, then, the town offers several gallery and museum options, including Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, Margaret Lane Gallery and Studios and Skylight Gallery, itself home to 12 local artist studios. Dozens of locally-owned shops and boutiques, specialty restaurants and bars, and craft breweries help round out the town’s offerings, with each representing worthwhile stops while exploring our quaint, yet fascinating hometown.

For the familiar comforts of small-town living, with the action and excitement of the Triangle and neighboring Durham and Chapel Hill forever within easy reach, Hillsborough is an ideal place to live and call home. It’s yet another reason why TerraBella provides a perfect setting for living well and enjoying life right here on hallowed grounds just below Occoneechee Mountain.