This is a property that lies in a watershed recognized for its natural features. The property is 60+ acres of very mature timber lying under cliffs within a gorge fed by numerous waterfalls and springs. The only accessible entrance is past the dead end of the gated county gravel road. Sugar Camp Branch winds for nearly a half of a mile through the property. A survey is being completed and should be available by April 2021.
Multiple waterfalls cascade into the gorge and the cliff line includes numerous caverns and rockhouses. Large trees and oversized boulders lie in the gorge which has the effect of making us feel very small. The boulders, cliffs, and caverns create what my kids call rock playgrounds. Timber hasn't been harvested in at least 100 years providing this area with a rare quality of large mature trees supporting a high canopy.
Electric service is available at one location in the property and a large spring is a good source of clean water. There is well over a mile of cliffline to explore on this property and at least seven waterfalls that run continuously or nearly continuously year round.
We are lonely when we are here. Although this property is less than 30 minutes to a large town, the property is completely isolated from neighbors.
We recognize the value of the logging industry to the local economy and support responsible timber harvests. That being said, this is a rare piece of forest that was probably timbered only once in the late 1800s or early 1900s. We are sad when we see unique natural environments like this are disturbed by a timber harvest. Lumber prices have been going up in recent years - particularly for white oak. We believe that we have this priced just high enough to discourage a buyer for the sole purpose of logging. Available for $159,500.
Above, Ray stands in a cavern behind a waterfall.
Below, Ray and a friend, Steve, stop to take it in. The hiking here is easy as the tree canopy keeps the undergrowth down. Each of these pictures above are taken from inside a cave looking out.
Below left, Ray is telling me that he could climb this crack all the way to the top - but that his wife would not approve. Below right is one of the waterfalls in front of a cavern.
Below left is Steve dwarfed by some of the boulders in the gorge. Below right is myself and family in a "secrete passage" from one waterfall to another.
Below, Steve is in the forground and Ray way in the background, showing the size of this rock house.
Above: My daughter explaining that of all of the hikers and rock climbers, she is the toughest. Above right: "Rock playground" near the creek that runs through the property.
Above is a bird's-eye view of Ray getting lost in a jumble of boulders. To the right is taken from behind a waterfall.