Fayetteville/Fort Bragg/ Sandhills NC

VOL8 ISS2 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — FAYETTEVILLE | FORT BRAGG | SANDHILLS REGION VOLUME 8 — ISSUE 2 40 HOKE COUNTY HOKE COUNTY In Hoke County you could watch world class equestrian sports, go sky diving and visit historical homes. It might seem like a quiet slice of the Sandhills but Hoke is considered the fastest-growing county in North Carolina and one of the fastest-growing in the country. Much of that growth has been spurred by Fort Bragg. The county's budget has grown from $14.6 million in 1996 to $23.1 million today — a 58 percent increase in 20 years. For a thrill you will not soon forget try a day of skydiving, indoors or outdoors. A professional flight crew is on hand at the Paraclete XP Indoor Skydiving. The experience is not a ride or a simulator - you are actually flying. A training class teaches the fundamentals of human body flight for all ages who want the experience of flying. To go outside and parachute from the sky, try Skydive Paraclete XP. Tandem skydiving is the most popular but experienced divers go solo. In less than an hour of training visitors are safely harnessed to one of the staff's USPA-Certified professional instructors (many are members of the elite U.S. Army Golden Knights Skydiving Team) and feeling the thrill of skydiving. Skydive Paraclete XP is home of the 2017 USPA National Parachuting Championships. For those who prefer to stay on the ground, the world of horses provides plenty of action. The Carolina Horse Park is the region's equestrian "field of dreams." The Carolina Horse Park Foundation (CHP) is a 250-acre nationally recognized, premiere equine competition founded in 1998. BY LINDSEY GREY The park's equestrian events bring in locals and spectators from across the country. More than 400 horses and riders attend the prestigious Carolina International each spring competing for an estimated $75,000 in prize money. New course designer, Ian Stark, brings a wealth of experience having designed renowned tracks both in Europe and the United States at the CCI3* and CIC3* levels. The five-day and 500 horse event is Olympic level that brings in thousands. The War Horse eventing series promises six events and $20,000 in prize money. The boutique style series is unusual in that it is unprecedented for the level of purse money awarded at an amateur event. Local support and sponsorships make the difference in the series that started with $5,000 in purse money. Events are one-day with 300 horses competing in show jumping, dressage and cross country. The name comes from the military training for horses during times of war. Historical landmarks with compelling stories set the small county apart. History lovers make day trips to see the monument dedicated "to the American soldier" on the battlefield at Monroe's Crossroads, The Raeford-Hoke Museum and the historic Parker-Ray house, the former home of Willa Ray, daughter of W.G. Ray, one of the first licensed doctors in North Carolina. In 1781, General Rutherford defeated the local Loyalists in a final battle near Mill Prong. During the last year of the Civil War, General Sherman passed through the area on his way to where the Battle of Bentonville, the largest Civil War Battle in North Carolina, was fought. His troops bashed in the family piano which once again resides restored at Mill Prong. The Raeford-Hoke Museum began its preservation project in 2002 with the purchase of the McLauchlin- McFadyen House. The museum houses many historical artifacts, photographs and genealogies of Raeford and Hoke County. Nature lovers have miles of trail access to Calloway Forest Preserve, a protected space of 3,288 acres of fire-maintained, longleaf pines. Hunting is allowed and wildlife lovers can see variety of bird species including the protected red-cockaded woodpecker. Water lovers take a ride down the Lumber River and local creeks such as the Raft Swamp Creek. Raft Swamp Farms is a 150-acre tract of land bordered on the west by Raft Swamp Creek. Formerly part of the D.H. Hodgin estate, the land consists of expansive woods and wetlands adjacent to the creek, and about 70 acres of rolling farmland. The farm is part of the North Carolina Birding Trail. [] flying, equestrians, longleaf pines

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