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Outdoor Activities

With so many outdoor activities available, Chatham County encourages us to get out, get adventurous, and explore the surrounding area. From hiking to biking, picnics to paddles, splashing to soaring, there is truly something for everyone on all comfort levels. Adventures don’t always require big ticket experiences, especially when you are fortunate enough to live in an area with so many opportunities. The hardest part may be deciding which option to try first!

Pittsboro Farmers Market

The Pittsboro Farmers Market is a producer-only organization featuring vendors who grow, raise, or create their products within a 50-mile radius* of the market. Each week you’ll find a terrific assortment of produce, flowers, fresh seafood, eggs, meats, prepared food, and more!

They are open rain or shine all year! You’ll find us every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. under the solar panels at The Plant in Pittsboro. 

220 Lorax Lane, Pittsboro |

Chatham Beverage District

A collection of beverage producers using local ingredients can be found in Pittsboro, NC at The Plant, an eco-industrial park. Farm to Fork food options are also available. Includes: bmc brewing, Chatham Cider Works, Fair Game Beverage Co., Lilly Den Farm, and Starrlight Mead. 

220 Lorax Lane, Pittsboro | 919-548-6884

Carolina Tiger Rescue

Carolina Tiger Rescue is a nonprofit wildcat sanctuary in Pittsboro, North Carolina, that offers public tours and field trips and is home to rescued tigers, lions, cougars, leopards, caracals, servals, bobcats, and other wild animals. Their mission is saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild.

1940 Hanks Chapel Road, Pittsboro | 919-542-4684

The Golf Club at Chapel Ridge

The Golf Club at Chapel Ridge combines the course design talents of Bob Moore, ASGCA, and the player design skills of Fred Couples to provide you with as fine a golfing experience as you will ever have.

1010 Chapel Ridge Drive, Pittsboro | 919-545-2242

Jordan Lake

Located in Chatham County 30 miles west of downtown Raleigh, Jordan Lake State Recreation Area includes seven access areas that provide plenty of camping, boating, and swimming opportunities. Campers have more than 1,000 campsites at five accesses to choose from, whether they use a tent, trailer, or RV, and whether they camp with family, friends, or a group. The beautiful lake is one of the largest summertime homes of the bald eagle, and an observation platform makes for easy spotting of our national bird.

Bynum Front Porch

Bynum is a retired cotton mill village along the banks of the Haw River. The Bynum Music Series began in 2001 to help sustain the Bynum General Store. When the Store's operator wanted to retire in 2006, Bynum neighbors banded together and created a non-profit organization called Bynum Front Porch. Their mission is to create family-friendly events and programs to celebrate the community’s rich history and bright future. The store was a historical landmark and is still the social center of the community. 

950 Bynum Road, Pittsboro | 919-357-5830

Haw River

NC State Parks own about 1,025 acres along both sides of the Haw River in Chatham County, known as the Lower Haw River State Natural Area. It stretches from above US 15-501 near Bynum to below US 64 where it adjoins the Jordan Lake State Recreation Area. You can enjoy hiking, kayaking/canoeing, fishing, and viewing birds and other wildlife.