Fort Bragg NC: In-Depth Welcome Center (2020 Edition)
So, you’ve got orders to Fort Bragg, NC? Congratulations! You’ll be joining the nearly 54,000 troops and 14,000 civilians working on the post that is the storied home to the U.S. Army’s Airborne and Special Operations Forces.
Fort Bragg covers approximately 500 square miles with 146,000 acres dedicated to training, more than 1,400 miles of paved road and 21 miles of railroad. The post supports a population of about 260,000 including military families, retirees, contractors and others.
In addition to a slew of local amenities in close proximity to post and the nearby city of Fayetteville, Fort Bragg families enjoy broad recreational opportunities within driving distance – from mountain getaways to the west and the beaches to the east.
Continue reading for our in-depth guide on Fort Bragg to help aid you in your transition to your new base home.
1. Where Is Fort Bragg?
2. Google Map View
3. Directions to The Base
4. Where Should I Live Near Fort Bragg?
5. What Schools are Near Fort Bragg?
6. Fort Bragg NC Weather
7. Things to Do Near Fort Bragg NC
8. Moving Tips
9. Check-in Procedures for Incoming Personnel
10. Fort Bragg Gate Hours and Info
Where Is Fort Bragg?
Soldier Support Center
Building 4-2843 Normandy Street
Fort Bragg, NC 28310
Fort Bragg NC Map
Fort Bragg Directions
Amtrak’s downtown station in Fayetteville is located at 472 Hay St. You can find fare and schedule information on their website here.
Fayetteville Airport Transportation
Soldiers can hail a taxi or use the complimentary Airport Liaison shuttle to HHC, Fort Bragg Reception. There is a courtesy phone at the Fayetteville Airport to call the Reception desk at 910-396-4244 for transportation. Many airport taxis require cash, which is about $30 for a one-way trip.
The Army Community Service Outreach Coordinator’s assistance is available at the airport from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 910-764-0123.
Raleigh Airport Transportation
The “Airporter” is recommended for this 90-minute trip. You can call 866-618-8680 for more information.
If Driving I-95 South
Take exit 56 toward Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, Pope AFB, US 301 South. Turn right at the first light onto Grove Street/ NC-24/NC-210 then turn right onto Bragg Blvd/NC-24/NC-210. Follow Bragg Boulevard to Santa Fe Drive. Turn left at Santa Fe Drive then merge onto the All American Freeway.
If Driving I-95 North
Merge onto I-95 Business Route N/US-301 N toward Fayetteville/Fort Bragg/Pope AAF. Stay on US-301 for about 7.3 miles then turn left onto Owen Drive. It will turn into the All American Freeway taking you to Fort Bragg.
Entering Fort Bragg
To enter the post, you will need to show your military ID. If you don’t have your military ID, you will need your driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance. Your vehicle will likely be searched if entering base for the first time or without military ID. So you may want to include some extra time in your travel plans to allow for such a delay. Click here to learn more about what to expect.
Once you pass through the Access Control Point, take the second exit onto Reilly Street. Get in the far-left lane and turn left onto Normandy Drive. The Soldier Support Center is on your left.
Cities Near Fort Bragg, N.C.
If you are looking for cities near Fort Bragg, N.C., Fayetteville is just east of the post and closely connected to the military. Named for the revered general of the American Revolution, the Marquis de Lafayette, Fayetteville’s patriotic name reflects the community’s culture.
Cumberland County’s Patriots, Past & Present Cultural Heritage Trail celebrates 250 years of military history — from the Revolutionary War era to the present day.
Where Should I Live Near Fort Bragg?
Proximity to work is a factor to consider when choosing the best places to live near Fort Bragg NC. But with 18 gates and many residential neighborhoods in the area, you should have no problem finding a convenient spot to call home while stationed here.
Corvias Military Living
Fort Bragg housing includes Corvias Military Living’s modern, family-friendly homes in 10 neighborhoods. Community amenities include Community Centers and pools. See available floor plans and wait times, or call 495-0878 for more information.
Fayetteville is home to about 350,000 proudly patriotic citizens, and the seat of Cumberland County. Surrounded by North Carolina’s Sand Hills between coastal plains and piedmont, Fayetteville is on the Cape Fear River. Downtown Fayetteville offers unique, local shopping and dining. The area is also home to golf courses, museums, botanical gardens, live music, performing arts and minor league sport teams. The city hosts a social media webpage to help residents easily engage with the community.
It is a 12.5-mile drive from Fort Bragg’s All American Visitor Control Center to Fayetteville. Driving time is about 20-minutes but can vary due to traffic conditions.
Hope Mills is about 15-miles or a 30-minute drive south from Fort Bragg via the All American Freeway. A historical mill village with a community of 15,000+, “Hope Mills … puts ‘Hope’ as a high priority for our citizens, whom we still identify as neighbors,” Mayor Jackie Warner says.
Sanford, population 29,311, is 41-miles or a 50-minute commute from Fort Bragg via N.C. 87 South. It began as a railroad town in 1874 and today modern life flourishes through warm hospitality and arts, music, shopping, dining, history and family fun.
Pinehurst & Southern Pines
Southern Pines’ population is over 12,000. Fort Bragg is a 27-miles or a 35-minute drive via Manchester and Raefordvass roads; Pinehurst is another 6 miles down the road which adds an average of 15 extra minutes to your commute. Pinehurst’s population is nearly 16,000.
About 6 miles or 15-minute drive from Fort Bragg, Spring Lake easily connects via Butner Road, and is home to a population of about 12,000. With a nickname like “Nearly Fort Bragg” it is no surprise thousands of Fort Bragg soldiers and families, as well as military retirees and veterans, call Spring Lake home. Though Spring Lake has plenty of outdoor recreation options, it is its location that draws soldiers to it — sometimes for a quick and convenient lunch, sometimes for the ability to avoid traffic when commuting.
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What Schools are Near Fort Bragg?
The Fort Bragg School District is governed by DODEA. There are seven pre-k through fourth grade, one pre-k through fifth grade, an intermediate school for fifth and sixth grades and a junior high for grades seven through nine. High schools are operated by localities depending on where you reside.
Some of the best schools near Fort Bragg, NC include Fayetteville State University, Methodist University and Fayetteville Technical College — all contribute to a young workforce skilled in STEM fields like biological and biomedical studies, computer and information sciences as well as mathematics and statistics that are needed to provide critical defense contract support according to the Fayetteville Economic Development Corporation.
Fort Bragg NC Weather
In Fayetteville and Fort Bragg, summers are hot and muggy. Winters are short and cold, and it is wet and partly cloudy year-round. Throughout spring, summer, fall and winter, the temperature ranges from 35°F to 91°F, according to Weatherspark.com.
To find out more in-depth weather information visit our blog Fort Bragg NC Weather: What To Expect When Moving Here.
Things to Do Near Fort Bragg NC
Spring Lake is host to many outdoor activities, including fishing at Carvers Creek State Park, home of Long Valley Farm, once a Rockefeller retreat; shooting at the Fort Bragg Clay Target Center; and kayaking or canoeing at Spring Lake Outpost.
There are dozens of listings for shopping in the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce’s directory. From the quaint, small shops of downtown to any of the multiple malls full of big stores, there’s no shortage of places to get your shopping done.
Fayetteville’s restaurants offer exceptional international and local cuisine. From classic American grub to delicious ethnic food from all over the globe, there’s no kind of cooking you can’t find right here, near Fort Bragg.
Fayetteville Pie Company
The veteran owned and operated Fayetteville Pie Company is a local favorite known for savory specialties like the pulled pork and sweet potato pie. Named “The Best Pie in North Carolina” by Tasting Table.
Pharaohs Village, a family-owned Mediterranean and Turkish restaurant, is ranked No. 46 in Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in the United States in 2019.
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Check-in Procedures for Incoming Personnel
The Fort Bragg Reception Company is a 24-hour operation servicing all permanent party soldiers including XVIII Airborne Corps, 82nd Airborne Division, USASOC, tenant units and Active Guard Reserve as well as all students attending the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. If you have questions concerning in-processing or leave extensions should be directed to the HHC, Fort Bragg Reception.
The Soldier Support Center’s in-processing stations include verification of assignment and pinpoint orders, personnel, finance, medical records screening, issuing, and updated ID Cards, post vehicle registration, dental screening, ACS, Youth Services, CIF and transportation. They are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Fort Bragg Gate Hours
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Phone: 910-908-2197 or 910-907-5165
Gate 1, Longstreet: Open 24/7
Gate 2, Chicken: Open 24/7
Gate 3, Reilly Road ACP: Open 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. to inbound and outbound traffic. Closed on weekends and federal holidays.
Gate 4, Yadkin: Open 24/7
Gate 5, All American: Open 24/7
Gate 8, Knox: Knox Street ACP closed to all traffic. Knox Street Truck Plaza is open to commercial vehicles only 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekends and federal holidays. No POVs.
Gate 8A, Knox St. East (MMD): Open 5 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. to inbound and outbound traffic. Closed on weekends and federal holidays.
Gate 10, Honeycutt/210: Open 24/7
Gate 11, Randolph: Open 24/7
Gate 12, Butner: Butner Road ACP is open 5 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. to inbound and outbound traffic. Closed on weekends and federal holidays.
Gate 13, Simmons: Open 24/7
Gate 16, Truck Plaza
Gate 18, Manchester: Manchester Road ACP is open 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. to inbound and outbound traffic. Closed on weekends and federal holidays.
Fort Bragg Visitor Center
The All American Visitor Center
Hours of operation: Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed on federal holidays.
Fort Bragg visitor passes will be issued to those with a valid reason for entering the installation. A security-vetting is required for all visitors.
Email: The All- American VCC can be reached via email at USARMY.BRAGG.IMCOM-ATLANTIC.MBX.ALLAMERICAN-VCC@MAIL.MIL.
Hotels Near Fort Bragg, N.C.
The Airborne Inn
Open to grades SSG (E-6) and above. Soldiers with family are advised to make temporary housing arrangements before reporting.
The Airborne Inn is the post’s official lodging facility; call 910-396-7700 for reservations. Statements of nonavailability are issued if on-post lodging is not available.
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Know Before You Go! PCS orders are a recurring part of military careers and thousands of service members receive PCS orders every year. So make sure to check out AHRN’s relocation tips and COVID-19 updates from Fort Bragg MWR’s Relocation Readiness Program to stay-up-to-date on everything you need.
Don’t forget to download The ANSWERS UNLIMITED guide — compiled and prepared by Army Community Service for Fort Bragg soldiers, family members, civilian employees and community members – to take command of your relocation.
In addition to moving tips, read up on travel restrictions that may impact your PCS move.