7 Things to Do in Montclair

Trish Lowe  |  January 25, 2023

7 Things to Do in Montclair

Chapel Hill’s Montclair neighborhood is a beautiful residential community, and its central location makes entertainment easy to access. Residents can enjoy nearby Jordan Lake’s shoreline, hike the trails to explore the area’s natural beauty, or catch live events at community center spots like Downtown Chapel Hill and the Horace Williams House. When on the search for Montclair homes for sale, try out these seven things to do in the city.

1. Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area


A quick drive leads residents to the forested mountains of Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area. Enjoy the towering mountains when walking this area’s three miles of hiking trails. The sunrise and sunset views are particularly stunning from the mountain’s summit. Visitors can also cast a line at one of the two quiet fishing ponds. The rare brown elfin butterfly is a long-time resident of the mountains, which visitors may spot on the trail with its namesake.

After a hike, visitors can relax at picnic tables and enjoy a snack. This natural area also regularly hosts events that are open to the public. Learn how to identify different tree species, listen to guides explain the geology and history of the area on a hike, or bring children to partake in arts and crafts.

2. Jordan Lake



Another popular outdoor area right next to Montclair real estate is Jordan Lake. Spanning 14,000 acres, the body of water and surrounding area offers many fun outdoor activities. Several public boat ramps make it easy for residents to explore the area by water, or boaters can dock at the marina at Crosswinds Boating Center. On a hot summer day, the swimming beaches at Parker’s Creek, Seaforth, and Ebenezer Church are the best places to jump in or lay out in the sun.

This lake is open to fishing as well, with a variety of species including striped and largemouth bass, sunfish, catfish, bluegill, and more. Set up a fishing spot on a bank or find the best area by boat. Spend a weekend getaway right next to the lake at one of five campgrounds and 630 campsites surrounding the area for day-long access to shoreline, fishing, and great hikes.

3. Hike Morgan Creek Trail


For a quick nature adventure in the area, the paved woodland trail of Morgan Creek Trail is a pleasant 0.85-mile hike easily accessible to people of all abilities. Follow the path all the way to the Merritt’s Pasture, an open pedestrian area. Bike between the towering trees, walk your dog and let them explore the parallel creek, or play a game of catch or soccer with the whole family on the open field.

4. Lavender Oaks Farm



Lavender Oaks Farm is a unique location to visit. This farm provides a slice of nature commonly used as venues for weddings and large celebrations, although the 45 acres of forest is open for guests to visit the organic lavender fields. Wander through the 1.5-mile trail surrounded by vibrant purples, visit the two historic barns, or stop by the pond for a tranquil day out.

When visitors are done snipping bundles of lavender, visit the farm’s boutique for its seasonal products. They provide the best handmade lavender products, both apothecary and culinary. This farm also regularly hosts events such as Lavender Lunch Tours, as well as an unveiling of their new location next May. Attend to enjoy a buffet and get the first pick of new boutique products.

5. Downtown Chapel Hill


Buyers searching for Montclair homes for sale will love the shops, entertainment, and restaurants of the lively Downtown Chapel Hill. Individuals searching for a classy outfit can stop by Julian’s. The high quality, limited items here range from billowing trousers to specially tailored blazers, custom creations, and more. For a night out playing tabletop games with friends, The Gathering Place welcomes everybody to its hybrid game store and bar.

Restaurants like the Italian 411 West are the best spot to find fresh pasta and locally sourced, award-winning menu items. Find your new favorite brunch spot or dessert place while attending one of the events hosted year-round in the area. Special events for the holidays, music and arts events, a well as film screenings keep the community connected and engaged.

6. Horace Williams House


The only historic house in the area open for the public to visit, the Horace Williams House, was originally constructed in 1854. Today, the house serves as an office and event space for art exhibitions, live music, and education programs. Visitors can spend a morning on a self-guided tour of the home, learn about the building’s history, or explore local artists’ exhibited work in the Octagon Room.

7. Ackland Art Museum



Montclair real estate is surrounded by an intriguing and inventive art scene, showcased at locations like the Ackland Art Museum. With over 20,000 pieces of art, the premier collection at this museum spans from Asian masterpieces to European designs and more contemporary creations. Visitors can drop by multiple times a year to view the 10-12 different exhibitions. Admire artwork from the museum’s permanent collection, special exhibitions, and traveling exhibitions.

Alongside a diverse and changing collection of artwork, Ackland Art Museum hosts several events for art enthusiasts, children and adults alike. Attend a music or dance performance featuring local talent from the university, join an artist talk, or sign up for an art class that the whole family will love.

Ready to visit Montclair?


Montclair has plenty of recreation for residents and buyers interested in making a move. Enjoy a day on the lake fishing or boating, hike surrounded by mountains at Occoneechee Mountain, or immerse yourself in the visual and fragrant elegance of Lavender Oaks Farm. The shopping and arts scene is just as active, with the events of Downtown Chapel Hill and Ackland Art Museum. When you’re ready to live right by these great recreation spots, contact trusted local agent Trish Sweeney-Lowe to help you find the perfect home.




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