Southern Pines


The Sandhills area was first settled by the Highland Scots in the 1700s. Life was difficult and the community developed slowly, as the soil conditions and dense pine trees made farming and travel difficult. When the railroad was built, many trees had to be cleared. The pines brought about a lucrative business and with the railroad came the ability to move the raw product to markets. Once the railroad was complete, many travelers traveling from the North to Florida found the area to be a convenient place to stop.

In 1884, John T. Patrick purchased 675 acres for $1,265 and began the town of Southern Pines. Patrick envisioned turning the community into a health resort, much like what would become of Pinehurst. His plans for a health resort never fully came to fruition, but the community still prospered and became a winter retreat for those fleeing the cold Northern winters.

Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries two distinct communities emerged in Southern Pines. East Southern Pines was inhabited by the local Scots and became temporary home to many seasonal vacationers. West Southern Pines became one of the first incorporated African American towns in the state of North Carolina. In 1931, West Southern Pines was annexed into the larger municipality of Southern Pines as we know it today.



Today, Southern Pines is approximately 16.65 square miles. It is centrally located in the Sandhills region. Historic downtown Southern Pines is the heart of the town. It is here where unique dining,boutiques and an operational historic theater can be found nestled around the local Amtrak station. Southern Pines has a strong community presence, hosting multiple festivals seasonally throughout the year, First Friday events on the first Friday of each month from April to October. There is a strong equine presence and a multitude of other activities available such as biking, tennis courts, basketball courts, a park and nature preserve complete with miles of hiking trails.

Southern Pines has a population of 12,736 people. The median age is 47 but the population is spread out with 21.9% aged 19 and younger, 4.7% from 20 to 24, 20.8% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 27.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median family income is $60,683.

Southern Pines Subdivisions

  • Arboretum
Arboretum Southern Pines NC
  • Bishops Ridge
  • Blue Farm
  • Broad Street Trails
  • Cypress Creek
Cypress Creek Southern Pines NC
  • Elk Ridge
Elk Ridge Southern Pines NC
  • Forest Creek
Forest Creek Southern PInes NC
  • Garden VIlla
  • Golfcrest
  • Highland Trails
Highland Trails Southern Pines NC
  • Holiday Town
  • Huntcliff
  • Hyland Hills
  • James Creek
James Creek Southern Pines NC
  • Kenwood
  • Knollwood
  • Knollwood Heights
  • Knollwood Village
Knollwood Village Southern Pines NC
  • Longleaf CC
Longleaf CC Southern Pines NC
  • May Street Meadows
  • McDeeds Creek
  • Mid South Club
Mid South Club Southern Pines NC
  • Middleton Place
  • National CC
National, Number Nine Golf Club
  • Pinegrove Village
  • Pine Needles
Pine Needles Southern Pines NC
  • Pinnacle Place
  • Rountree
  • Sandavis
  • Sandhills Estate
  • Sandhurst South
Sandhurst South Southern Pines NC
  • Sandhurst West
Sandhurst West Southern Pines NC
  • Scots Glen
  • Sherwood Forest
  • Skyline Manor
  • SPCC
Southern Pines Golf Club
  • Talamore
Talamore Golf Club Southern Pines NC
  • The Carolina
  • Village By The Lake
  • Village Green
  • Village In The Woods
  • Weymouth
  • Weymouth Heights
  • Weymouth Pines
  • Wisteria Woods
  • Yadkin Trail