In the rolling hills and lush green fields of the Piedmont region of central North Carolina lies the quaint Southern town of Pittsboro, NC. Filled with historic charm and plenty of modern growth and development, Pittsboro is the perfect balance of agricultural beauty, academic prowess, and rich artistic culture. Home to flourishing local businesses, a diverse range of attractions and entertainment venues, and plenty of outdoor recreational pursuits, Pittsboro offers something for everyone to enjoy.
The 9 Best Things to Do in Pittsboro, NC
1. Visit Downtown Pittsboro
Historic architecture, quaint shops and boutiques, delicious local eateries… Downtown is well worth the visit. Enjoy live music at a local bar, explore lovely local art galleries, or even discover a charming downtown museum.
2. Tour the Carolina Tiger Rescue
For adults and kids alike, the Tiger Rescue is an interesting educational experience that includes an introduction to some of the world’s most unique cats—tigers, caracals, servals, ocelots, binturongs, kinkajous, and more—and explains the heartbreaking stories behind each cat’s rescue, as well as the dangers faced by their species out in the wild.
3. Discover the Small Museum of Folk Art
Constructed from reclaimed and salvaged materials and decidedly eco-friendly, the Small Museum of Folk Art showcases a diverse collection of works from notable local folk artists, and is home to the tasty Small B&B Cafe.
4. Explore a Local City Park
Pittsboro is home to six city parks, which provide a wealth of great amenities designed for getting residents outside and active. Sports fields and courts, scenic picnic areas, playgrounds, lakes and wetlands, outdoor amphitheaters, and paved walking trails are just the beginning!
5. Attend a Local Event
Want to meet your neighbors, or just celebrate the community of small-town living? Head to one of Pittsboro’s great local events! A favorite is the first Sunday Artisan Fair & Market, which occurs every first Sunday of the month Downtown. Other popular events are the Pittsboro Summer Fest, Pittsboro Holly Days, and the Pittsboro Christmas Parade.
6. Hike Lower Haw River State Natural Area
This short, scenic hike wends through lush trees along the Haw River and provides a beautiful and private respite from the hustle-and-bustle of daily life. The river is also a popular place to canoe.
7. Take a Winery, Distillery, or Brewery Tour
Sample some of the finest local flavors in the area! The quaint and scenic SilkHope Winery is a favorite, and the Carolina Brewery & Grill features live music and dinner on the patio in summer. Other popular spots include Starlight Mead, 580 Craft Beer, Chatham Cider Works, Fair Game Beverage Company, and Farm Boy Farms.
8. Unwind at Fearrington Village
This scenic and quiet slice of former farmland has been transformed into a charming village of boutiques, restaurants, a day spa, and the Fearrington House Inn & Restaurant… all surrounded by breathtaking gardens and farm pastures. There are even plenty of events to enjoy, like Wine Dinners & Classes, live music, Roost seasonal beer garden, and the FearringtonFarmers Market.
9. Escape to Jordan Lake
Get out on the lake! Just eight miles east of Pittsboro, Jordan Lake is 14,000 acres of water recreation—fishing, boating, swimming, paddling, hiking, biking, camping, horseback riding, and more. For water and woods lovers alike, no place in Central NC beats Jordan Lake.
Ready to Come Discover Pittsboro for Yourself?
If this seems like just about the perfect town to call home, then it’s time to contact me, Carla Freund. As your local guide to real estate in the Triangle, I’m here to help you explore the area, learn more about life in Pittsboro and buying a home in the Triangle, and discover your dream home.