Who wouldn’t want to live in Wag-ram? This small, friendly town in Scotland County, North Carolina is only 35 miles from bustling Fayetteville and Fort Bragg. With lush forests, parks, and vibrant communities on all sides, Wagram will have all the butts a-moving in your furry family.
It’s hard to stay inside with the Chalk Banks Area of the Lumber River State Park just north of downtown. This paddler’s paradise gives you canoe access to miles of the wild and wooded black-water river, which you could follow all the way to the Princess Ann landing of the Lumber River State Park. If you’d rather stay dry, there are three trails that wind their way along the riverbank and through the surrounding wetlands. Easiest to access from Wagram is the 3-mile Chalk Banks Trail, which follows the water and strays through pine and hardwood forest.If your fur family wants to be pampered, there’s plenty of urban jungle to explore in Fayetteville. You'll find three off-leash dog parks in the metropolitan area and plenty of welcoming restaurant patios serving everything from Mediterranean cuisine to ice cream to locally-brewed beer. The nearby town of Raeford offers a veterinary clinic closer to Wagram, but both 24-hour emergency care and specialty care are available in Fayetteville.
The town of Raeford, just 10 miles away from Wagram, is a friendly community that's great to explore on foot. Raeford is the home of Robbins Heights Park. Though there are no dedicated walking trails, you can stretch out on the grassy lawns or explore the ball fields and picnic areas. Tree-shaded sidewalks line Raeford’s downtown historic district, and the peaceful McDuffie Park is the perfect place for a jog or a quick game of fetch. Got a problem child? Outside of Raeford is the Midway Dog Academy, where the expert trainers can help your pups work on their people skills.
An easy 23-mile drive from Wagram is the lovely Lake Rim Park in the Jack Britt neighborhood of Fayetteville. The leafy park welcomes on-leash dogs on their nature trails and at the picnic areas, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, and the other recreation spots in this serene setting. Please remember the waste bags, though! For an even more dog-centric environment, head a few blocks south to the Blessed Oasis Dog Park. Membership is required (including a temperament test, proof of vaccination, and monthly maintenance fee), but the effort is worth it for this fenced 5-acre paradise stocked with toys and agility training equipment.
Just 20 miles south of Wagram is the lovely campus of University of North Carolina at Pembroke, traversed by the 2-mile Hawk Walk Trail. Maps are available on the UNC-P website. Keep an eye out for campus landmarks like the Arrowhead and Lowry Bell Tower as well as for the many works of sculpture, and be sure to bring waste bags just in case. There are some great lawns for playing fetch, too. You can grab some canine-safe carbs to gnaw on the patio of Einstein Brothers’ Bagels, located on UNC's campus in the city center of Pembroke.
Thirty miles from Wagram, Fort Bragg’s Main Post Bark Park is worth a quick stop to frolic off some extra energy. Though regulars say the park lacks shade for hot summer afternoons, the Main Post does have running water, waste disposal supplies, and separate areas for small and large dogs. To make the drive worth it, be sure to stop at local hot-spot Salsa’s and Beer nearby. This high-end Mexican restaurant features an innovative menu, and a dog-loving staff waiting to serve your family on the comfy patio. And if you happen to drop a few tortilla chips, we're sure Rover won’t mind!
Thirty-five miles from Wagram, Downtown Fayetteville has a whopping 46 dog-friendly restaurants that offer outdoor seating. Doggos will especially like the veteran-owned Huske Hardware House, a brewery and restaurant with a British theme. The regulars praise their dog-loving staff and the enclosed patio (to be sure nobody wonders off into the parking lot). You can earn the calories with a run at the Riverside Dog Park. The park is free and offers a watering station with large and small dog areas, but note that kids under 12 cannot enter the fenced dog areas. If Rover is a very, very good boy at the park, consider a stop off at Woof Gang Dog Bakery on your way home.