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Pittsboro Life

Pittsboro is located near the triangle area that unites the cities of Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Raleigh is the capital city and three major universities are nearby including the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State and Duke University.

We are just 3 hours to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, and 2 hours to the Atlantic coast. Large manufacturing and technology companies such as SAS, Glaxco Smith Kline, GE, Caterpillar, Red Hat, IBM and Cisco, just to mention a few, help keep the area economically vibrant.

Weather and Climate

Many people find North Carolina’s climate, especially the central part of the county, a nice compromise between the long, snowy winters of the northern states and the long, steamy seasons of the more tropical locations. While we can have icy cold period with snow and a few sweltering summer days, these rarely don’t last for long periods of time. We get the benefit of experiencing a change of seasons without having to deal with long periods of extreme weather. The information below is provided by the State Climate Office, based at North Carolina State University.

Generally, the weather allows residents to use local recreational lakes for swimming and water skiing from early May to late September. Golfers also find they can often get in one or two games of golf even in the harshest winter months when we will have a day or two of balmy weather.

AVERAGE HIGHS: The average highs range from 49 degrees in January to 71 degrees in April to 88 degrees in August and 53 degrees in December.

AVERAGE LOWS: The average lows range from 29 degrees in January to 46 degrees in April to 67 degrees in July to 32 degrees in December.

MONTHLY PRECIPITATION: Monthly precipitation varies widely. The four wettest months, based on the records, are: July, May, January and March. So the wet weather moves around a bit. However, October through December tend to be the driest period.

SNOW AND ICE: Most states south of Virginia are prone to have more ice incidents than snowfall, but serious ice storms causing major power outages are rare. We typically have at least some minor snowfall each year, but some years may include one or two major accumulations of six inches or more.

View more information on North Carolina’s climate.

Accommodations and Travel Information:
America's Best Value InnSiler City
Bed & Breakfast at Laurel RidgeSiler City
BelleHavre at the Haughton-McIver HouseGulf
C&B Transportation
Chatham County Economic Development
Chatham County Government
Chatham County United Chamber of Commerce
Country Hearth Inn & Suites - Siler CitySiler City
Days Inn - Siler CitySiler City
Enterprise rent-a-carChamber offices
Fearrington House Country InnPittsboro
Governors Club CottagesChapel Hill
Inn at Celebrity DairySiler City
Jordan Lake State Recreation AreaApex
Piedmont Triad International Airport
Pittsboro Trek Express
Raleigh-Durham International Airport
Rejuvenation at the Pines, Serenity by the RiverPittsboro
Rosemary House Bed & BreakfastPittsboro
Siler City Motor LodgeSilver City
Siler City-Blair Municipal Airport
Twin Oaks Campground & Lodging

Chatham County School Information

K-12 Public Schools

The Chatham County Public Schools, directed by the County Board of Education, is the only K-12 public school system in the county. View the School Board Member District Map. The county government provides substantial funding for the schools for both construction and renovation of facilities and general operating support. The Administrative Office is located in Pittsboro at 369 West Street. Phone: 919-542-3626.
For more information on the School System, click here.

Non-Public, Charter and Alternative Schools

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction maintains a list of non-public, charter and alternative schools and some are listed by county. Click here to view this information.

Community College

Chatham County is served by Central Carolina Community College, which also includes Harnett and Lee counties. The locations of the community college in the county are:

  • Pittsboro Campus: 764 West Street (also known as US 64 Business) on the west side of Pittsboro, 919-542-6495
  • Siler City Campus: 502 West Third Street, 919-742-2715
  • Ceramic Arts & Pottery Studio: 138 North Chatham Avenue, Siler City. 919-742-4156
  • Metal Sculpture Studio: 439 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, 919-663-1266

Several classes are offered online as well as at campus locations. CCCC offered both curriculum major programs and continuing education classes. For more information on the community college and its classes, click here.

Area Attractions
Tours of the Carnivore Preservation Trust
Deep River Camelback Truss Bridge
Devil's Stomping Ground Scenic Byway NC 902
Fearrington Farmers' Market Fearrington Village
Fearrington Village, Shops, Gardens
Folk Art Gallery at Fearrington Fearrington Village
Gourmet Food Tours at Southern Supreme Nestled in the heart of NC
Historic Districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places National Historic Register sites
Horizon Cellars Siler City
Jordan Lake Educational State Forest Chapel Hill
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
NC Birding Trail - Jordan Lake sites
Lower Haw River State Natural Area
McIver Landing Throughout Chatham County
Miles of Walking Trails Throughout Chatham County
Mount Vernon Springs Historic District
New Hope Valley Railway New Hill, Bonsal Road
North Carolina Birding Trail
Piedmont Biofuels - Weekly Tours and Potluck Pittsboro-Moncure Rd
Pittsboro Antique Walk Historic downtown Pittsboro
Pittsboro Farmer's Market Chatham County Fairgrounds off US 64
The Rocks - Gemstone Mining Just minutes from Pittsboro
Sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places National Historic Register sites
Silk Hope Winery Pittsboro
White Pines Nature Preserve Throughout Chatham County

Dining in Pittsboro
Allen & Son Pit-Cooked Bar-B-Que On US 15-501, Between Pittsboro and Chapel Hill
Al's Diner US 64 and NC 87
Andy's Cheesesteaks and Cheeseburgers
The Belted Goat Fearrington Village
Carolina Brewery & Grill Open for lunch and dinner!
China Inn Food Lion Shopping Center
Chatham Marketplace Historic Chatham Mills
Ciao Bella Next to Chatham Crossings
Circle City Java US 64 and NC 87
Elizabeth's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria Off US 15-501
Fearrington House Restaurant Just eight miles from Chapel Hill
The Old Granary Off US 15-501
General Store Cafe
The Grille at the Preserve Chapel Hill - Big Woods Road
Flamingo Restaurant Just off the exit 386 in Pittsboro on US 64
Hardee's Pittsboro - Off US 64
The Hopshop
Our Neighborhood School Pizzeria
Pig-in-the-Pen Pickens
Pizza Hut Off US 64
Plaza Mexico Lindo Off US 15-501
S&T's Soda Shoppe Historic downtown Pittsboro
San Felipe Chatham Commons Shopping Ctr - Off US 64
Scoreboard Historic downtown Pittsboro
Subway Chatham Commons Shopping Ctr - Off US 64

Fishing, Hunting and Boating

Chatham County has several excellent hunting and fishing areas, both public and private. The major public facility in Chatham County is Jordan Lake, located in the eastern part of the county. The lake is used my fisherman year-round, while hunting is allowed in certain areas around the lake during specific times of the year. For more information on Jordan Lake and its other activities, click here.

FISHING: Any fishing of public waters requires a license and the state also has regulations that must be followed for inland lakes and rivers. For example, certain fish can only be caught certain times of the year. Click here to see a listing of public fishing locations in the area. Licenses can be ordered online or purchased at specific locations in the county. The fee varies of residents or non-residents of the state. To get updated information on fishing licenses and regulations, click here.

BOATING: Jordan Lake offers a wide array of boating opportunities, but some are restriction to certain parts of the lake. For general information on boating regulations and licenses, click here. For information on boating at Jordan Lake, click here.

HUNTING: Some, not all, of the land around Jordan Lake provides periodic opportunities for hunting deer, wild turkeys, foxes, rabbit, raccoons, squirrel, quail and waterfowl. Click here for a map of the gamelands around Jordan lake. For more information on hunting rules and how to obtain a hunting license, click here.

For more information about major cities in the area:
Chapel Hill


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