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21 Days Outdoors – Hillsborough Riverwalk

Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about the great outdoors in the Triangle – parks, trails and green spaces under blue skies. So brush up on your trail etiquette, lace up those shoes, slather on the sunscreen and join us for some fresh air and fun times.

Have you ever visited downtown Hillsborough and wished there was a way to walk the relatively short distance to the businesses found along Nash Street (in particular, one public house)? Soon that wish will come true when Phase II of the Hillsborough Riverwalk opens later this Summer. 

Riverwalk is an accessible urban greenway along the Eno River corridor being constructed in three phases. Phase I was completed in River Park (the park where you find the Eno River Farmers Market each Saturday morning) during 2009. Phase II is a one mile east-west connection between existing trails in Gold Park (off Dimmocks Mill Rd) to the west and River Park in the east. The multi-surface trail includes paved paths as well as boardwalks and two bridges that cross the Eno River at two points, offering a prime view of the river. This section of Riverwalk will be a primary route for the NC Mountains-to-Sea Trail (and one of the few sections located in an urban environment), as well as the first section of the statewide trail system to be constructed in Orange County. 

The opening of Riverwalk deserves a little party, doesn’t it? That’s where the Riverwalk Grand Opening party comes in (Saturday, Oct. 11, 1 – 5 pm) with activities that include puppet making for the upcoming Handmade Parade, bike decorating, live music, and a scavenger hunt. So circle that date on your calendar and plan a short trip to Hillsborough to enjoy a stroll on the new Riverwalk.

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