Walk on the historic Occoneechee Speedway Trail in Hillsborough.
The leafy loop was originally a half-mile horse track, and it was later expanded for NASCAR races.
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• Head to Eno River Farm in Hillsborough, which opened this spring, to try its homemade ice cream. Though the U-pick strawberry and tulip season is over, the farm also offers a variety of plants and produce for purchase. • Visit Coker Arboretum at UNC while campus is at its quietest. It offers 5 acres of beautiful greenery and blooms, perfect for a picnic lunch or quiet reading if you’re solo. • Take a self-guided walking tour of the murals in Chapel Hill. • Hike at the George and Julia Brumley Family Nature Preserve. It consists of more than a dozen trails that are easy to moderate and that range from 0.2 miles to 3.5 miles.
PHOTO COURTESY ALLIANCE OF HISTORIC HILLSBOROUGH
• Take a hike to the top of Occoneechee Mountain, the highest point in Orange County! • Have a picnic at the Eno River State Park. There are many spots on the river to stop for a snack, as well as various picnic shelters. • Go fishing, paddle boating, kayaking and more at Lake Michael in Mebane. This 59acre lake is ideal for a day’s getaway on the western edge of Orange County. • Explore the Lower Haw River State Natural Area by walking its trails with views of the river. • Go swimming at Jordan Lake or spend the night at one of the open campsites and