Southern Pines, NC (SOP)
Located in the Sandhills region, Southern Pines developed as a resort area in the late 19th century. The historic depot is within walking distance of shops, restaurants and galleries.
235 Northwest Broad Street
Southern Pines, NC 28387
Annual Station Ridership (2016): 7,112
- Facility Ownership: Town of Southern Pines
- Parking Lot Ownership: Town of Southern Pines
- Platform Ownership: Town of Southern Pines
- Track Ownership: CSXT
For information about Amtrak fares and schedules, please call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).
The wooden Amtrak station in Southern Pines, built in 1898 for the Seaboard Air Line Railway, was restored in 2004 to its 1948 appearance and color scheme, which also included replacing the flat roof with a hipped version. A modern waiting room, restrooms, platform and canopy were incorporated as well in the renovation. The station reopened on February 22, 2005, with a portion of the space retained for retail and civic uses. The North Carolina Department of Transportation provided $800,000 to complete the project.
Southern Pines is a town in the Sandhills area of North Carolina—site of ancient beach dunes from millennia past—whose first European inhabitants were Scotts and Irish. James T. Patrick, North Carolina’s first commissioner of immigration, sought to develop the southern part of Moore County because if it’s healthful climate. Patrick purchased 675 acres from Charles C. Shaw in 1884 and designed the town on a grid with the railroad passing through the center of town. Patrick nationally promoted it as a healthful retreat. In 1887, Charles Washington Shaw became its first mayor.
Through Patrick’s efforts, the town grew into a resort for both Northerners and Southerners. In 1903, Pennsylvania coal baron James Boyd built an estate, Weymouth, as a winter retreat. Weymouth became a favorite gathering place for many prominent authors of the 1920s and 1930s, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Paul Green, and Sherwood Anderson. His grandson, James Boyd, noted author of the day, established the Moore County Hounds equestrian hunt club, in 1914, and also published the local paper, The Pilot, which still publishes today.
Southern Pines, with Pinehurst and Aberdeen, is home to 43 golf courses, and site of numerous national tournaments since the 27-hole course at the Southern Pines Country Club was built in the early 20th century. Resorts and tourism still play an important role in the town’s economy and it is a favored spot for retirement.
Amtrak does not provide ticketing or baggage services at this facility, which is served by two daily trains.
Image courtesy of the Southern Pines Welcome Center.
- 10 Short Term Parking Spaces
- 10 Long Term Parking Spaces
- Accessible Payphones
- Accessible Platform
- Accessible Restrooms
- Accessible Waiting Room
- Accessible Water Fountain
- Dedicated Parking
- Enclosed Waiting Area
- Quik Trak Kiosk
- Wheelchair Lift