Fayetteville/Fort Bragg/ Sandhills NC

VOL6 ISS1 2016

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Volume 10—Issue 1 57 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — FAYETTEVILLE | FORT BRAGG | SANDHILLS REGION VOLUmE 6 — ISSUE 1 trail from destinations in Moore County that lead to the state's pottery center in Seagrove. Take NC 24/27 west for the scenic route on back roads that wind through horse and golf country. Drive through Carthage and cross the Pottery Road byway. Continue through little towns like Eagle Springs, Westmore and others on the way to Jug Town. At some point drivers will fnd themselves in the community of Whynot, so named because residents couldn't come up with a better name. The destination of Seagrove will soon be on the horizon. Taking the time to stop to talk to craftsmen and women along the way is worth the experience. The N.C. Pottery Center can provide information on the numerous local potters in Seagrove. Don't be in hurry – the drive requires time and a leisurely pace. Seagrove is about nine miles south of the N.C. Zoo in Asheboro. Each year, approximately 700,000 visitors from across North Carolina and all 50 states travel to Asheboro. The zoo is home to approximately 1,600 individual specimens representing more than 225 species and is open every day except for Christmas day. Habitats featured are those found on the continents of Africa and North America with more than 500 acres of exhibits. Like much of the south, food is an attraction and art form in North Carolina. The best chefs in the nation are from the Southern region and many from the state have garnered national attention for creative twists on Southern comfort food. Throughout the state, trails feature barbeque, chicken pie, muscadines and sonkers. In Fayetteville, adventuresome palates can take the International Cuisine Trail to experience a diverity of restaurants. The mantra 'fresh is best' is a philosophy followed by a growing number of restaurants leading to a surge in farmers' markets across the state. North Carolina is in the top ten in the nation for its number of farmers' markets that number more than 200. Roadside markets and u-pick farms total more than 500 across the state. Markets and farms are both gathering places and stops for travelers. The Sandhills Farmers' Green Market in Moore County was started in 2009 by a group of local farmers. Two markets each week in Pinehurst entice customers to buy pasture raised whey-fed pork and pastured beef without hormones or antibiotics, free range eggs, artisan baked goods, goat cheeses, pottery, flowers and more. Folks are friendly in the county and will tell you of other markets in the region to visit. In Raleigh, about an hour away, the state's biggest farmers' market awaits discovery. >> To experience patriotic history, time is well spent on the American Independence Trail. The 35-mile course reveals people and places that played a role in defning history. Visitors see the grave of Isaac Hammond, a free black who was a ffer in the 10th North Carolina Regiment Continental Line, and a statue of the Marquis de Lafayette, whose alliance with the Patriots proved vital to America's victory. Fayetteville is the frst city in America to name itself for Lafayette and the only city named for him that he visited. The natural assets of the region are another reason to get outside in the Sandhills. The great outdoors attract ftness enthusiasts who like to stay active and commune with nature. The Cape Fear River Trail is a four-mile, 10-foot wide paved trail for walkers, joggers, and non-motorized transportation. Interpretive signage highlights the diverse wildlife and plants throughout the trail with more than 700 types of trees and plants, and 150 types of birds. The River Trail area is also home to diverse hardwood trees. Frogs, lizards and turtles are a common sight as well as an occasional deer. The trail is part of the East Coast Greenway, a series of nature trails within urban areas. In addition to the wooden bridges including a covered bridge, there is a 700-foot boardwalk through the marsh and wetlands near Clark Park. The greenway is a series of urban trails and greenways that will eventually connect from Maine to Key West, Florida. The trail is accessible 365 days a year. The All American Trail is a 10 to 15 foot wide unpaved pathway designed for hikers, runners and bicyclists. The 11-mile trail follows the perimeter boundary of Fort Bragg through the Sandhills region. The mixed terrain shows the diversity of geography with sections ranging from nearly fat to more advanced areas that are hilly. Along the way signage identifes and describes plants and wildlife. There are more than 1,500 species of plants and trees, and more than 400 species of wildlife including the endangered Red Cockaded Woodpecker. Call ahead to make an appointment to visit Jambbas Ranch — it is worth the efort. The ranch is part nature preserve and walking trail. Young and old delight at the animals that greet visitors from the moment they walk through the gate. Kids can get up close and personal with the animals and have an opportunity to feed them. A walk along an estimated 1.5 mile loop reveals animals grazing in large enclosed areas including gazelle, deer, bufalo and others. Jambbas Ranch also ofers a picturesque swinging bridge over a small lake. In the Sandhill region of the state, aside from playing golf or riding horses, day trippers can take the pottery day trips/things tO dO North Carolina is a state made for staycations and discovering jewels in your own backyard.

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