Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve
Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve , part of the North Carolina State Parks System , is a 676-acre natural area located one mile southeast of Southern Pines  in Moore County . Established in 1963 as the first nature preserve in the state parks system, the original 400 acres of Weymouth Woods were a gift to the state of North Carolina from Katharine Lamont Boyd, widow of the novelist James Boyd .
The natural area deeded by the Boyds to the people of North Carolina preserves a part of the ecosystem of the Sandhills, a region marked by sandy ridges of longleaf pine and scrub oak between hardwood-filled bottomlands. Early settlers in south-central North Carolina called this area the "pine barrens" because of its extensive forests of longleaf pine. In addition to sizable stands of old-growth longleaf pines, Weymouth Woods is home to rare and endangered species such as the red-cockaded woodpecker , the pine barrens tree frog , and the bog spicebush .
North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation, Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve (1996).
NC Division of Parks and Recreation, Weymouth Woods Sandills Nature Preserve: http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/wewo/main.php .
"James Boyd 1888-1944." N.C. Highway Historical Marker K-30, N.C. Office of Archives & History. http://www.ncmarkers.com/Markers.aspx?sp=Markers&k=Markers&sv=K-30 
Weymouth Woods Sandhills State Nature Preserve, Southern Pines NC. Image courtesy of Flickr user Bobistraveling. Available from http://www.flickr.com/photos/bobistraveling/6689471107/  (accessed June 28, 2012).
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