Occoneechee Speedway was one of the first two NASCAR tracks to open and is the only track remaining from the inaugural 1949 season. The site is now heavily forested in 40 year old pines and sycamores. Visible still are the grandstands which once held thousands of enthusiastic fans and the mile–long oval track where such legends as Fireball Roberts, Richard Petty, Ned Jarrett, Louise Smith and Junior Johnson once spent their Sundays competing in the “Strictly Stock” and Grand National series. This site is one of only three race tracks on the National Register of Historic Places.
Classical American Homes Preservation Trust and Preservation North Carolina have opened to the public the Historic Occoneechee Speedway Trail (HOST). This 44 acre site with 3 miles of trail is located at 320 Elizabeth Brady Road in Hillsborough, NC and is open to the public during daylight hours every day. It is free of charge.
Both trails are open to the public – come and enjoy these wonderful parts of Hillsborough.
The Eno River Association is facilitating the sale of over 200 acres near downtown Hillsborough from Classical American Homes Preservation Trust to the Archaeological Conservancy and the State to be added to Eno River State Park. Once complete, this transaction will increase Eno River State Park to over 4,700 acres in Durham and Orange counties.
As part of the transaction, the preservation trust will donate 23% of the $2,028,480 land value. The remaining funds must be raised over the next year through public and private sources. Along with the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation, we are applying for local, state, and federal funding to support the project.