Looking for a new place to explore, we headed to Hillsborough recently to find the Riverwalk trail. We started in Gold Park. It’s one of three locations suggested by the Town for parking and offers easy access to Riverwalk. The big plus here for us was also a chance to let the kids play at the playground. Although that might not have been the best idea as they tired out much faster than I anticipated so we didn’t get too far beyond the park.
The good news is that regardless their age and size, there is plenty to explore even if you just stick to the trails in Gold Park. You can easily circle the park, cross a couple of bridges, and burn a bit of energy then return to your car.
If you are feeling more adventurous and want a longer walk, head east following the path under the railway bridge.
You can walk to downtown Hillsborough and find A Sight to Behold stickwork sculpture by Patrick Dougherty near the Riverwalk’s main entrance. He is the same sculpture that created the fun Sweetgum Thicket kids enjoy playing hide & seek in in Hideway Woods at the NC Museum of Life + Science and recently completed installation of The Big Easy at Duke Gardens.
Suggested Riverwalk entrances per the Town website:
Downtown Hillsborough by the Eno River Parking Deck – end of Nash and Kollock St
Gold Park – 415 Dimmocks Mill Road
River Park – 140 East Margaret Lane