From neighborhood parks to greenways, Hillsborough offers many opportunities for recreation. Town parks are managed by the Public Space Division, which implements decisions made by the Parks and Recreation Board. Orange County provides additional parks and recreational programming in and around town.
Park and recreation facility locations in town can be found on the Town Map on this website. Locations elsewhere in Orange County can be found on the Parks and Recreation Facility Locator Map on the county website.
To reserve a park facility, visit the reservations section of this website.
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. For more information, visit the Riverwalk page on this website.
Cates Creek Greenway
The planned Cates Creek Greenway will connect the Historic Occoneechee Speedway Trail to the planned Cates Creek Community Park in the Waterstone development near Interstate 40.
Calvin Street Greenway
The Calvin Street Greenway is a 300-foot paved, accessible path with a 100-foot elevated walkway providing a connection from Calvin Street south to Riverwalk and Gold Park. It allows pedestrian and bicycle access from downtown and adjacent neighborhoods.
Hillsborough Heights Park
Located at 510 Terrell Road, Hillsborough Heights Park includes a tot lot. It is open to the public during daylight hours. Amenities include playground equipment, picnic tables and a grill.
Located on the south side of West King Street, adjacent to the town parking lot, Mayo Park is a pocket park named in memory of Odell Mayo, a former town employee. Mayo retired from the Public Works Department and was responsible for keeping downtown swept and clean. Amenities include a sitting area.
Murray Street Park
Located at 225 Murray St., Murray Street Park is slightly under 1 acre. Amenities include an open area, play structure, slide, swings and a bridge crossing a small creek.
Located at 140 E. Margaret Lane, River Park is maintained by Orange County. For more information, visit the Orange County website.
Turnip Patch Park
Located at 333 W. King St., Turnip Patch Park is a 0.6-acre neighborhood park built primarily with volunteer donations. A neighbor, Hoyt Crabtree, previously had permission from the town to plant a garden on the site, and the water account for the site bore the name "Turnip Patch." When neighborhood residents petitioned the town for permission to build a park, they asked to keep the name. Amenities include a play structure, footbridge, several garden areas, sitting benches and a water fountain.
Cates Creek Park
Located at 1445 Cates Creek Parkway, Cates Creek Park is a nearly 17-acre park open daily from 8 a.m. until a half hour after sunset. Amenities include restroom facilities, playground, multi-use field with soccer goals, and picnic tables.
Exchange Club Park
Located at 331 Exchange Club Lane, Exchange Club Park is privately owned and operated. The park covers 16 acres and includes a baseball field used frequently for Hillsborough Youth Athletic Association games. Amenities include two playgrounds, open space areas, picnic tables and picnic shelters. Contact the Exchange Club at 919-732-9283 for more information.
Located at 195 Torain St., Fairview Park is maintained by Orange County. For more information, visit the Orange County website.
Located at 415 Dimmocks Mill Road, Gold Park is a 20-acre park open daily from 8 a.m. until a half hour after sunset. The park includes 0.3 miles of the Riverwalk greenway and links to downtown through Riverwalk. Amenities include restroom facilities, playground, dog park, multi-use field, picnic tables, picnic shelters, natural areas, pedestrian trails and a pollinator garden and bee hotel. A printable map of pedestrian trails is available for download.
HYAA baseball fields
For more information, visit the Hillsborough Youth Athletic Association website.
Ayr Mount is a Federal-era plantation house built in 1815 with a 1-mile Poet's Walk along the Eno River. For more information, visit the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust website.
Duke Forest consists of over 7,000 acres of forested land and open fields in Durham, Orange, and Alamance counties. For more information, visit the Duke Forest website.
Historic Occoneechee Speedway Trail
The Historic Occoneechee Speedway Trail and James M. Johnston Nature Preserve is a 44-acre site with four miles of trails, including the 1-mile oval Occoneechee/Orange Speedway. For more information, visit the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust website. The nonprofit Historic Speedway Group is focused on the preservation of this last remaining dirt track from NASCAR'S inaugural 1948 season. For more information, visit the Historic Speedway Group website.
Kings Highway Park
Located at 1001 Ben Johnston Road, Kings Highway Park is an 18-acre natural area. The property is bounded on the south and west by Lake Ben Johnston. The park was developed by volunteers. It has almost 1 mile of nature trails. The name Kings Highway Park is based on the research of Tom Magnuson, who documented the presence of remnants of a river ford and historic road known as King’s Highway on the property. Amenities include trails, bridges, picnic tables and a kiosk. View the park's master plan for more information.
Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area
Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area offers three miles of trails through riverside forests, bluffs reaching to the highest point in the area. For more information, visit the N.C. State Parks website.
Central Recreation Center
Located at 302 W. Tryon St., Central Recreation Center is operated by Orange County. For more information, visit the Orange County website.
Orange County Sportsplex
Located at 101 Meadowlands Drive, Orange County Sportsplex is operated by Orange County. For more information, visit the Orange County Sportsplex website.
Jerry M. Passmore Center
Located at 103 Meadowlands Drive, the Jerry M. Passmore Center is operated by Orange County. For more information, visit the Orange County website.