You can find everything from small towns to big cities in the Raleigh area. But if you’re really looking for quintessential small town living in the country, you won’t find anything like Lillington, NC. This picturesque hamlet measures less than 5 square miles and is home to about 3,200 people. It’s a quiet place where you can escape from the bustle of the city and the steady development of Raleigh suburbs. When you decide to buy a home in Lillington and settle down here, it’s because you want to get away from it all, but not too far!
Why is Lillington such a great place to live?
When you’re watching television or browsing lifestyle photos online or in a magazine, do the country settings catch your eye? Do you get a sense of calm with those images? If you’d rather sit on your front porch on a summer night than hang out at an outdoor cafe in the city, you’ll love Lillington.
As the county seat for Harnett County, Lillington is 31 miles south of Raleigh and bordered on the north by the famous Cape Fear River. It’s just about the halfway mark between Raleigh and Fort Bragg in Fayetteville. From one central location, you can get out to so many great destinations in the region.
The town is a friendly place where townspeople know each other. You’ll see familiar faces in the shops and restaurants. You’ll know the people at the post office and town hall. And isn’t it nice to feel like you’re surrounded by friends?
The holidays are special for Lillingtonians. Christmas, the Fourth of July, and Veterans Day are celebrated with traditional events, like parades.
A local landmark you’ll get to know is the Lillington Town Clock—officially known as the Senter Family Clock, dedicated to the town’s former mayor. It stands tall outside the Community Center, where Lilllington’s residents take part in the Commemorative Brick Program on the Centennial Plaza. While initially established to fund the clock and the plaza, the purchase of bricks inscribed with names continues to present reminders of the small town feel of Lillington.
If you ask the people who live here, they’ll tell you that the people are kind and generous, that life in Lillington is quiet, simple, and good.
Things to do in Lillington NC
The people of Lillington enjoy simple pleasures—fishing on the Cape Fear River, walking around the historic downtown, spending time outdoors at the local parks, or catching up with friends at the Community Center.
Raven Rock State Park on the Cape Fear River is a popular destination for the town’s residents. The steep terrain and thickets present an enjoyable challenge for hikers and mountain bikers. Raven Rock, the park’s namesake, rises 150 feet, encouraging climbers and providing a landmark for anyone moving along the Cape Fear River. Lanier Falls and the Fish Trap rapids add to the scenic beauty and recreational bounty to be experienced at Raven Rock State Park.
Take your passion for nature down the road from the Raven Rock State Park to the Hawk Manor Falconry. Learn more about these powerful raptors and the sport of falconry (hunting with birds). Get up close and personal with hawks, falcons, owls, and vultures, under the watchful guidance of a master falconer.
Nearby Campbell University, just beyond the border of Lillington, has more than 7,000 students. When you live close to a college town, you can count on events, activities, and sport to expand your choices of things to do in Lillington.
Where is Lillington, NC?
Lillington is in the center of Harnett County, but the location presents an easy commute to the larger surrounding areas. Raleigh is 31 miles north, with both Durham and Chapel Hill a bit farther. Raleigh suburbs, like Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, and Smithfield are even closer!
If you’re commuting to Fort Bragg, you’ll also appreciate Lillington’s location. Just 16 miles from Dunn, NC, you can get from one town to the next in less than 25 minutes!
Living in Lillington gives you so many ways to enjoy all that the Raleigh-Durham region has to offer.
New home communities in Lillington, NC
New Home Inc. invites you to see the new home community we’re developing in Lillington. The 179 homes with large yards showcase our “Future-Proof” approach to home design and building. We go beyond what you’re looking for today, to what you’ll need and want in the years to come. Contact New Home Inc. to start making the best change of your life!