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Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve

by Lynn Roundtree, 2006

Weymouth Woods Sandhills State Nature Preserve, Southern Pines NC. Image courtesy of Flickr user Bobistraveling. 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).

Additional Resources:

NC Division of Parks and Recreation, Weymouth Woods Sandills Nature Preserve:

"James Boyd 1888-1944." N.C. Highway Historical Marker K-30, N.C. Office of Archives & History.

Image Credit:

Weymouth Woods Sandhills State Nature Preserve, Southern Pines NC. Image courtesy of Flickr user Bobistraveling. Available from (accessed June 28, 2012).

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I would like to find nature trails in the Sandhills of nc. Please send any info available


I want to go there


I need the total height and diameter ol the oldest Longleaf tree(464 yrs) located on the Boyd Tract of the Weymouth woods Sandhills Nature Preserve in Moore Co. Would appreciate this info very much. Thank you. DHR


You can contact the Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve directly for the information you seek:

(910) 692-2167


Mike Childs, NCpedia, N.C. Government and Heritage Library.

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