Downtown Chapel Hill
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Green Space

Green Space & Open Space

Downtown Chapel Hill offers some of the town's most beautiful natural settings.  Enjoy a quiet, tranquil walk right in the heart of town. You can grab a bite to eat and sit outside, let the kids run around safely, or just people watch!

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McCorkle Place

UNC Campus by East Franklin St

One of the notable features of McCorkle Place is the Davie Poplar. The Davie Poplar is a large tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) at the South end of McCorkle Place that is said to have already been a large tree in 1792 when the first plans for locating the campus were made. Legend has it that the Revolutionary War General, William R. Davie, personally located the University land around the tree after having lunch underneath it on a warm summer day in 1792. McCorkle Place is gorgeous, inviting, and family-friendly all year-long.

Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Botanical Garden.

Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Botanical Garden.

Battle Park

Country Club Road

Battle Park's 93 acres is the remaining natural forest that once covered the lands of the University.   Battle Park is now maintained by the North Carolina Botanical Garden, which is working to restore trails and create university and public educational programs within the park.  

140 West Plaza

Coner of Franklin & Church streets

The 140 West Plaza is a place for everyone! In the spring and fall enjoy world-class performances, indie music and dance performances. Kids of all ages can play in the mist and lights from Exhale, the interactive sculpture from artist Mikyoung Kim. 

Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Botanical Garden.

Coker Arboretum

Country Club Road/Raleigh Street

The Coker Arboretum offers visitors a natural and serene spot to relax and explore.  Boasting a variety of plantings, including those native to North Carolina as well as some from Asia, the Arboretum creates a beautiful environment in all seasons.  The Arboretum is maintained by the North Carolina Botanical Garden.  

Memorial Garden

Corner of Franklin & Columbia streets

Memorial Garden is an always-welcoming green space in the very heart of downtown Chapel Hill. University Baptist Church invites all to enjoy they space.