Located in the heart of the Sandhills, Moore County is known worldwide for its temperate climate, rolling hills, majestic pine trees, southern hospitality and pristine golf courses. Although Moore County has always been considered a desirable place to retire, it has also become a popular choice for families. With excellent business and employment opportunities, affordable communities, strong schools and safe neighborhoods, Moore County is a great place to raise a family.
There are 11 incorporated municipalities and nine unincorporated towns in Moore County. Southern Pines has the largest population and Carthage is the county seat.
Incorporated municipalities: Aberdeen, Cameron, Carthage, Foxfire, Pinebluff, Robbins, Southern Pines, Taylortown, Vass, Pinehurst and Whispering Pines.
Unincorporated towns: Eagle Springs, Eastwood, Glendon, High Falls, Jackson Springs, Jugtown, Lakeview, Seven Lakes and West End.
Moore County’s central location provides easy access to the mountains, coast and major cities. Just 35 minutes from Fort Bragg’s main post and an hour south of Raleigh-Durham and the Research Triangle Park, it’s conveniently located to shopping, museums, parks and galleries. The Moore County Airport offers charter air service, and the Southern Pines Train Station provides passenger service with Amtrak along the Silver Star and connecting routes. In addition, the Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Fayetteville Regional Airport provide commercial air transportation options for longer trips.
Although golf is the main attraction in Moore County, families will find a wide selection of activities for all ages. The Greenway Trail Systems of Southern Pines and Pinehurst offer more than 15 miles of nature trails ideal for hiking and biking. Area parks and playgrounds provide children with the ideal spot for climbing, jumping and running. Throughout the year, local events, festivals and concerts are the perfect choice for family outings.
Organized sports are an important part of life in the Sandhills. Basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, football, wrestling, inline hockey, swimming and martial arts are just a few of the sports offered by the local parks and recreation departments, as well as youth groups such as the Sandhills Optimist Club and Sandhills Sandsharks. Gymnastics, dance and theatre are also popular activities and are offered year-round. Additionally, the area is nationally recognized for equestrian activities and is home to the Carolina Horse Park.
Scouting and 4-H groups are a great place for children to make new friends, learn life skills and become active members of the community. Local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops participate in a variety of events and volunteer programs. The area’s 4-H programs also provide kids with the chance to explore the region’s rich agricultural history while having fun. Most churches in the area sponsor youth groups for preteens and teens that focus on family values and community service.
Life in the Sandhills offers family’s more than just resort-style living. The area’s excellent school system, small town atmosphere and family-friendly businesses make it a fine place to raise your family. Moore County is more than a place to live; it’s the place you call home.