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Fort Bragg NC: In-Depth Welcome Center (2020 Edition)
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Fort Bragg NC: In-Depth Welcome Center (2020 Edition)

Introduction

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. Getting There – Directions to the Base
  4. Entering Fort Bragg and Base Amenities
  5. Where Should I Live Near Fort Bragg?
  6. What Schools are Near Fort Bragg?
  7. What’s the Weather Like in Fort Bragg?
  8. Things to Do Near Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg NC

Where Is Fort Bragg?

Fort Bragg Soldier Support Center
Building 4-2843 Normandy Street
Fort Bragg, NC 28310
Phone: 1 (910) 396-8682 and 1 (910) 396-8683

Fort Bragg NC Map

Fort Bragg NC

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 1 (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 1000 to 1900 Monday through Friday. For more information, call 1 (910) 764-0123.

Raleigh Airport Transportation

The “Airporter” is recommended for this 90-minute trip. You can call 1 (866) 618-8680 for more information.

If Driving I-95 South

  1. Take exit 56 toward Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, Pope AFB, US 301 South.
  2. Turn right at the first light onto Grove Street/ NC-24/NC-210 then turn right onto Bragg Blvd/NC-24/NC-210.
  3. 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

  1. Merge onto I-95 Business Route N/US-301 N toward Fayetteville/Fort Bragg/Pope AAF.
  2. 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.

Fort Bragg Transportation Office

From POV storage to PCS assistance, Bragg’s Installation Transportation Office has all your transport related needs covered.

Fort Bragg Transportation Office
Soldier Support Center (SSC)
2843 Normandy Dr #4
Fort Bragg, NC 28310
Phone: 1 (910) 396-5212 / 2163

Fort Bragg Transportation Office Hours

  • Monday through Friday 0730-1600

Entering Fort Bragg and Base Amenities

Entering Fort Bragg and Base Amenities

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.

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 0800 to 1700 daily.

Soldier Support Center
Building 4-2843 Normandy Dr.
Fort Bragg, NC 28310.
Phone: 1 (910) 396-8683

Fort Bragg Visitor Center

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.

The All American Visitor Center
3550 All American Fwy
Fort Bragg, NC 28310
Phone: 1 (910) 907-5165 or 1 (910) 907-5166

DEERS Fort Bragg

Whether you’re due for a new CAC or dependent ID card or need to make other changes to your admin files, the Fort Bragg DEERS office is here to meet your needs. Avoid the waiting room by making an online appointment.

DEERS Fort Bragg
Building 4-2843 Normandy Drive
Fort Bragg, NC 28310
Phone: 1 (910) 643-2737

Fort Bragg Gate Hours

We live in a rapidly changing world; click here to verify hours of operation for Fort Bragg gates.

Phone: 1 (910) 908-2197 or 1 (910) 907-5165
Email: Fort Bragg gate hours can be reached via email here

  • Gate 1, Longstreet: Open 24/7
  • Gate 2, Chicken: Open 24/7
  • Gate 3, Reilly Road ACP: Open 0500 to 1900 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 0500 to 2100 weekdays and 0500 to 1300 on weekends and federal holidays. No POVs.
  • Gate 8A, Knox St. East (MMD): Open 0500 to 1000 and 1600 to 1900 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 0500 to 1000 and 1600 to 1900 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 0500 to 1900 to inbound and outbound traffic. Closed on weekends and federal holidays.

Fort Bragg Commissary

From groceries to kitchen supplies to disaster preparedness kits, get everything you need for your home at low prices at either of the two Fort Bragg Commissaries.

Fort Bragg North Commissary
3571 Butner Rd
Fort Bragg, NC 28310
Phone: 1 (910) 396-2316

Fort Bragg North Commissary Hours

  • Monday through Sunday 0900 – 2100

Fort Bragg South Commissary
1017 Canopy Ln
Fort Bragg, NC 28310
Phone: 1 (910) 853-7333

Fort Bragg North Commissary Hours

  • Monday through Sunday 0900 – 2100

Fort Bragg Exchange

Fort Bragg North Post
Bldg 8-5050
2nd Butner Rd
Ft Bragg, NC 28307
Phone: 1 (910) 436-4888

Fort Bragg North Exchange Hours

  • Monday through Friday – 0900-2000
  • Saturday – 0900-2000
  • Sunday – 1000-2000

Fort Bragg South Post
Bldg Z3252
1017 Canopy Lane
Ft Bragg, NC 28310
Phone: 1 (910) 436-2166

Fort Bragg South Exchange Hours

  • Monday through Friday – 0900-2000
  • Saturday – 0900-2000
  • Sunday – 1000-1900

Fort Bragg Barber Shops

Keeping your haircut fresh and in regs is no problem here at the world’s most populous military base. You have plenty of options to choose from when you’re due for a trim.

Barbershop Locations & Hours

Smoke Bomb Hill Express, Bldg. H-4512, 2240 Reilly Road
Phone: 1 (910) 493-0489
Hours: Monday through Friday 0900-1600

Airborne Troop Store, Bldg. C-5934
Phone: 1 (910) 436-0101
Hours:

  • Monday through Friday – 1000-1900
  • Saturday through Sunday – 1100-1600

Honeycutt Express, Bldg. N-3905
Phone: 1 (910) 497-3800
Hours: Monday through Friday 0900-1600

Mini Mall, Bldg. 4-2171, Reilly Road
Phone: 1 (910) 436-4011
Hours:

  • Monday through Friday – 0900-1700
  • Saturday through Sunday – 1100-1600

Womack Army Hospital Troop Store, Bldg. 4-2817
Phone: 1 (910) 907-7093
Hours: Monday through Friday 0900-1400

Pope Mini Mall, 803 Armistead
Phone: 1 (910) 497-5119
Hours: Monday through Friday 0900-1600

Ft Bragg North Post Exchange, Bldg 8-5050, 2nd Butner Rd
Phone: 1 (910) 497-0789
Hours:

  • Monday through Friday – 0900-1800
  • Saturday – 1000-1700
  • Sunday – 1100-1600

Ft Bragg South Post Exchange, Bldg Z3252, 1017 Canopy Lane
Phone: 1 (910) 436-2202
Hours:

  • Monday through Friday – 0900-1700
  • Saturday – 1000-1700
  • Sunday – 1100-1600

USASOC – SOCOM, Bldg E2929
Phone: N/A
Hours:

  • Monday through Wednesday – 0900-1600
  • Thursday through Friday – 0900-1300

FORSCOM, Bldg 8-1078
Phone: N/A
Hours: Monday through Thursday 0800-1400

Fort Bragg Post Office

No matter your shipping or mailing needs, the United States Postal Service has you covered. And with two Post Office locations on Fort Bragg, it couldn’t be easier to send and receive packages and mail.

Fort Bragg Post Office
1605 Reilly Rd
Fort Bragg, NC 28307
Phone: 910-423-2309

Fort Bragg Post Office Hours

  • Monday through Friday – 0830-1700
  • Saturday – 0830-1300

Fort Bragg MACOMB Post Office
1256 Macomb St Bldg 2
Fort Bragg, NC 28310
Phone: 1 (910) 423-2309

Fort Bragg MACOMB Post Office Hours

Fort Bragg Finance Office

Whether you’re having financial troubles or just need some basic advice to get your savings and banking organized, the Fort Bragg Finance Office is here for you. And conveniently co-located with so many vital family services in the base’s Soldier Support Center.

Fort Bragg Finance Office
Soldier Support Center
Normandy Drive
Building #4-2843
Fort Bragg, NC, 8310-0000
Phone: 1 (910) 396-8683

Fort Bragg Finance Office Hours

  • Monday through Friday – 0800 – 1700
  • Federal Holidays – Closed

Also part of the Soldier Support Center, the Fort Bragg legal office is available for legal help and advice to all service members and their families. Whether you’re having legal troubles or just need the help of a notary, they’ll get you what you need.

Fort Bragg Legal Office
The Soldier Support Center
Building 4-2843 Normandy Dr.
Fort Bragg, NC, 8310-0000
Phone: 1 (910) 396-8683

Fort Bragg Legal Office Hours

  • Monday through Friday – 0800 – 1700
  • Federal Holidays – Closed

Fort Bragg Library

Whether you’re looking for a fresh new read, an old literary classic, or a great reading program for your kids the Throckmorton Library is a wonderful place that has everything you’re looking for.

Throckmorton Library
3346 Randolph St
Bldg 1-3346
Fort Bragg, NC 28307
Phone: 1 (910) 396-2665/3523

Throckmorton Library Hours

  • Monday through Thursday – 0900-1900
  • Friday – 0900-1600
  • Saturday – 1200-1600

Hotels Near Fort Bragg, N.C.

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 1 (910) 396-7700 for reservations. Statements of nonavailability are issued if on-post lodging is not available.

The Airborne Inn
D 3601 Darby Loop
Fort Bragg, North Carolina 28310
Phone: 1 (910)396-7700

Fort Bragg NC Hot Tip

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Where Should I Live Near Fort Bragg?

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.

Cities Near Fort Bragg, N.C.

Fort Bragg is most closely associated with the city of Fayetteville, the sixth largest in North Carolina. The suburban metro area around Bragg also includes a number of delightful smaller cities, towns, and regions all well worth seeing and all fine places to live while stationed here.

Best Places to Live Near Fort Bragg NC

Fayetteville

Named for the revered general of the American Revolution, the Marquis de Lafayette, Fayetteville’s patriotic name reflects the community’s culture. 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

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

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

Known as “The Home of American Golf,” Southern Pines and Pinehurst are home to North Carolina’s best golf courses, top-notch local dining and boutique shopping, historical sites and equine sports.

Southern Pines’ population is over 12,000. Fort Bragg is a 27-miles or a 35-minute drive via Manchester and Raeford Vass 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.

Spring Lake

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.

 

Fort Bragg NC Hot Tip

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Best Schools Near Fort Bragg NC

The Fort Bragg School District is governed by DODEA.There is one primary school that serves pre-k and first grade, five elementary schools available for grades pre-k through fifth, and one intermediate school for grades second through fifth. 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.

Find more local school information at The Best Schools Fort Bragg NC: Daycare – High School.

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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.

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Things to Do Near Fort Bragg NC

Outdoor Activities

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.

Shopping

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.

Suggested Read: 42 Of the Best Things to Do in Fort Bragg NC

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Restaurants Near Fort Bragg

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.

1. 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.

2. Pharaohs Village

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.

Craving more than just great food? Look no further than 36 of the Best Restaurants Fort Bragg NC.

Fort Bragg NC Hot Tip

Hot Tip: Connect with military-trusted businesses and deals exclusively for Fort Bragg at MyBaseGuide.

Conclusion

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.

 

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