Chapel Hill is located at 35°54'46" North, 79°3'21" West (35.912778, -79.056111).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 19.82 mi2 (51.34 km2). 19.75 mi2 (51.17 km2) of it is land and 0.07 mi2 (0.18 km2) of it is covered by water. The total area is 0.35% water.
Chapel Hill is located in the Eastern Standard Time (EST) timezone, GMT-05:00. It observes Daylight Saving Time (DST).