Welcome to Orange County
Orange County is truly in the middle of it all. Ideally located between the Research Triangle Park and the Triad cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point, Orange County has opportunities at every turn. Take a walk down memory lane through historic Hillsborough, or experience everything new and exciting on Chapel Hill’s Franklin Street. No matter what’s on your to-do list, there is an itinerary of activities ready for you to experience in Orange County.
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Orange County at a Glance
County Seat: Hillsborough
Median Home Value: $354,617
Travel & Commute
Raleigh-Durham International Airport: 30 minutes
Research Triangle Park: 24 minutes
Major Roads: I-40, I-85, US-70
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Everything You'll LOVE in Orange County
Children are assured a quality education when attending Orange County Public Schools, a highly rated district serving close to 7,500 students in the county. The school system consists of 13 schools, including six traditional elementary schools, one year-round elementary school, three middle schools, and three high schools. Orange County is also home to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, one of the oldest public universities in the country.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools are notably located near three major universities, in addition to the Research Triangle Park. This school district educates more than 12,000 students who are among the best-educated populations in the country. The UNC Hospital School, a part of Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, serves over 2,000 students each year who have an illness that requires an extended absence from school.
Want to see many of Orange County’s must-see attractions? Just go outside! The North Carolina Botanical Garden can be found on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus, while the Riverwalk Greenway weaves through Hillsborough for nearly two miles along the Eno River. Sports enthusiasts thrive at the Historic Occoneechee Speedway Trail, where you can walk around the only surviving dirt speedway from NASCAR’s inaugural 1949 season.
With Hillsborough as its county seat, Orange County is rich in history and learning opportunities. The Orange County Historical Museum provides insight into the long-standing history of the county, including the “The Road to Orange” exhibit. This exhibit—created to celebrate Hillsborough’s 250th year—highlights the first settlers who came to the North Carolina backcountry over 250 years ago. Just by strolling through the streets, visitors can learn more about Orange County’s unique story through the area’s many historic sites.
A mixture of local events and nationally acclaimed festivals keep Orange County residents busy year-round. The Spring FarmFest & Artisan Market is a staple among county locals and encompasses much of what Orange County events are all about: tasty food and beverages, live music, and good company.
The Orange County Arts Commission is dedicated to promoting the artistic and cultural development of the county, and is doing so partially through the Eno Arts Mill Artist Studios. These studios are located in Hillsborough’s historic Eno Mill and provide some of the area’s top artists with exhibit spaces to showcase their work.
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