One of the most diverse, intact ecological  areas in the world, the Sandhills region of North Carolina is a narrow strip of ancient beach dunes dividing the Piedmont from the Coastal Plain.


Because this type of intact ecosystem is so rare, and the history so rich, the Sandhills Heritage Gateway project was formed to educate visitors and locals alike, as well as help preserve this precious area. The purpose of this project is to weave together the natural and cultural history, to tell the story of how the land was formed and how it formed our human experience that continues to this day.

The Sandhills Heritage Gateway is comprised of sections from three designated scenic byways, each one illustrating a different chapter of the story:


The Indian Heritage Trail captures a vivid slice of Native American history as well as a strong agriculture heritage in the Southeast.


World-renowned, Pottery Highway bridges together most distinctly the coastal plain and the Piedmont, illustrating the story of Highland Scot and English settlers.


Intersecting Pottery Highway, Pineland Trail travels along parts of the old historic Plank Road, early routes of commerce in the region.

The Sandhills Heritage Gateway is a project of the Sandhills Area Land Trust (SALT), whose mission is to protect the rich natural resources and natural heritage landscape of the Sandhills Region of North Carolina. Our focus area includes Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Moore, Richmond and Scotland Counties.

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