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Chapel Hill

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Landmarks · Scenic Walking Areas · Specialty Museums
Chapel Hill is a town in Durham and Orange Counties, and the home of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UNC Health Care. The population was 57,233 at the 2010 census; Chapel Hill is the 15th-largest city in North Carolina.Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh make up the three corners of the Research Triangle, so named in 1959 with the creation of Research Triangle Park, a research park between Durham and Raleigh. Chapel Hill is one of the central cities of the Durham-Chapel Hill Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which in turn is part of the Raleigh-Durham-Cary Combined Statistical Area, with a population of 1,998,808.HistoryThe area was the home place of early settler William Barbee of Middlesex County, Virginia, whose 1753 grant of 585 acres from the Earl of Granville was the first of two land grants in what is now the Chapel Hill-Durham area. Though William Barbee died shortly after establishing himself and his family in North Carolina, one of his eight children, Christopher Barbee, became an important contributor to his father's adopted community and to the fledgling University of North Carolina.Chapel Hill sits atop a hill which was originally occupied by a small Anglican "chapel of ease", built in 1752, known as New Hope Chapel. The Carolina Inn now occupies the site of the original chapel. In 1819, the town was founded to serve the University of North Carolina and grew up around it. The town was chartered in 1851, and its main street, Franklin Street, was named in memory of Benjamin Franklin.
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University of North Carolina ©
Educational Site
University of North Carolina
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
North Carolina Botanical Garden
Scenic Walking Area
North Carolina Botanical Garden
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
The Carolina Basketball Museum ©
Specialty Museum
The Carolina Basketball Museum
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Downtown Chapel Hill ©
Landmark
Downtown Chapel Hill
3.5
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Chapel Hill

Conservators Center ©
Wildlife Area
Conservators Center Burlington
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Fred G. Bond Metro Park ©
Park
Fred G. Bond Metro Park Cary
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area ©
State Park
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area Apex
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve ©
Wildlife Area
Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve Cary
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Chapel Hill

UNC Finley Golf Course ©
Golf Course
UNC Finley Golf Course
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Top of the Hill Distillery (TOPO) ©
Distillery
Top of the Hill Distillery (TOPO)
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Brumley Forest Nature Preserve ©
Biking Trail
Brumley Forest Nature Preserve
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
Kidzu Children's Museum ©
Children’s Museum
Kidzu Children's Museum
3.8
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Chapel Hill

Coker Arboretum ©
Historic Walking Area
Coker Arboretum
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
The Chapel of the Cross ©
Church
The Chapel of the Cross
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
Gimghoul Castle ©
Castle
Gimghoul Castle
3.8
Duration: 2 hours
Horace Williams House ©
Historic Site
Horace Williams House
3.6
Duration: 2 hours

Golf in Chapel Hill

The Preserve at Jordan Lake ©
Golf Course
The Preserve at Jordan Lake
3.7
Duration: 2 hours

Trails in Chapel Hill

Morgan Creek Trail
Biking Trail
Morgan Creek Trail
3.6
Duration: 2h 30 min

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