We were less than excited when we first received orders to Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
In fact, everyone that had been stationed there previously were either outright negative or were completely indifferent about it. I didn’t meet a single person that hoped to get stationed there again.
But the truth is….we kind of loved it!
I made our Fort Bragg Bucket List with a HUGE list of things to do all over the state in the 3 years that were were stationed there. While we only completed a fraction of the list, we discovered that there is a lot to love about North Carolina.
Here are 29 pictures that make orders to Fort Bragg look good!
North Carolina is made up of 3 major geographic regions: the Mountains, the Piedmont, and the Coastal Plains.
The Western side of the state contains the mountains and you absolutely cannot be stationed at Fort Bragg without taking at LEAST one trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Chasing waterfalls, seeing the views along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and picking apples should all be on your to-do list!
The Piedmont region of North Carolina is where Fort Bragg is located. It’s the entire area between the mountains and the coast.
And while it doesn’t have the defining features of the mountains and the beaches, it is a gorgeous region nonetheless.
We spent a lot of our time outdoors, fishing, swimming, hiking, and playing. North Carolina has long hot summers and mild winters, so there’s plenty of great weather and lots of time to spend outside!
The Coast of North Carolina not only contains the state’s coastline, but also the Outer Banks (a string of barrier islands that separate the Atlantic from the mainland).
Since we’re originally from Florida and can go to the beach any time we ‘go home’, we spent the least amount of time on the coast of North Carolina. However, we took a few trips to the beach from Fort Bragg and it was a blast every time!
We weren’t thrilled with orders to Fort Bragg, but as you can see, we made the absolute best out of it. And we fell in love with the state of North Carolina in the process.
If you’re looking at Fort Bragg as your next duty station for the next couple of years, don’t worry. There’s so much beauty across North Carolina, so many fun things to do, great food, and even better people. You’re gonna be just fine!