Weymouth Woods - Sandhills Nature Preserve (35.146977, -79.371766)
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Weymouth Woods - Sandhills Nature Preserve



Quick Facts

Trail Map: .jpg, .pdf
County: Moore
Acres: 898
Trails: 4.6 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Park Hours:
8 AM - 6 PM Nov - Feb
8 AM - 8 PM March - Oct
Closed December 25th
Office Hours:
8 AM - 5 PM
Closed December 25th
Museum Hours:
9 AM - 5 PM
Closed December 25th

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Overview
The Carolina Sandhills divide the state's Piedmont and Coastal regions. This area was once covered by longleaf pine forests, but by 1900 extensive logging had removed virtually all of the virgin growth. Weymouth Woods protects 898 acres of recovering forest, primarily longleaf pine and turkey oak. Trails are easy, mostly sandy and flat, with many informational kiosks. No camping is allowed in the preserve.

Trails
Bower's Bog Trail (0.3 mile, easy)
Gum Swamp Trail (0.5 mile, easy)
Holly Road Trail (1.8 miles, easy)
Lighter Stump Trail (0.5 mile, easy)
Pine Barrens Trail(1.0 mile, easy)
Pine Island Trail (0.5 mile, easy)


Wildlife
Birds are the most commonly seen inhabitants of Weymouth Woods, including the red-cockaded woodpecker, American crow, quail, hawks, and owls. Mink and otter have been observed. The forest is an important home for the pine barrens tree frog as well.

Plant Life
The longleaf pine is the predominant species of tree in this area. Other trees include turkey oak, red oak, white oak, dogwood, hickory, sweetgum, sourwood, yellow poplar, persimmon, and red maple. Carnivorous plants such as pitcher plants and sundew may be found in wet areas. Nearly 500 other plant species have been recorded at Weymouth, including the bog spicebush, British soldier lichen, cinnamon fern, Indian pipe, trailing arbutus, wild orchids, dwarf iris, fall gentian, blueberry, and wild azalea.

Landmarks
Exhibit Hall

External Links
Official Site

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