Nestled in the picturesque landscape of Eastern North Carolina lies a remarkable 495-acre tract that offers a diverse array of natural treasures. With a striking combination of agricultural land, mixed hardwood and pine timberland, vibrant food plots teeming with wildlife, a 15-acre pond/impoundment, and an 8,000 square foot main lodge, this property captivates the senses and provides an ideal sanctuary for outdoor enthusiasts and phenomenal hunting opportunities.
The meticulous layout and care displayed for this tract by its owner not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of the property but also contributes to its ecological significance. Almost 375 acres of this tract is wooded with multiple areas at different stages of successional growth. The timber stand ranges from 200 plus acres of 18-year-old commercial thinned and managed pine to mixed hardwood to 8-year-old regenerated cutover. This provides a diverse habitat for whitetail deer, wild turkeys, and black bears. Food plots are located throughout the property, cultivated seasonally with a mixture of clover, chufa, and brassicas, providing a diverse and nutritious food source for the thriving wildlife population. The level of detail and care for these plots is unsurpassed and guarantees an optimal hunting experience. Trophy Whitetail bucks and mature longbeards are harvested annually on this property and two Boone and Crockett black bears have been taken here in the last few years. A vast nine-mile network of interior trails and a path that completely encompasses the tract gives plenty of access options to any part of the property which allows for minimal disturbance to wildlife.
Almost 40 acres of the property is agricultural land that is farmed in either corn, cotton, or soybeans and rotated on an annual basis. This provides income for the owner as well as additional habitat and sustenance for all types of wildlife species. Further enhancing the property is a picturesque 15-acre pond that sprawls out in an undulating fashion. Originally built as a duck impoundment, the stocked pond provides both great fishing and a wonderful vantage point for observing wildlife. A unique access feature for the pond is a feeder canal approximately 2,400 feet in length that runs from the main lodge to the pond’s northeast point. There is a second one-acre pond that is hidden within the agricultural field that serves as additional spot to recreate as well as an additional water source for wildlife. Not far from the smaller pond is a pheasant tower stand that was used in the past to host pheasant shooting events. The tract also boasts a well-designed 1000-yard shooting range that is safely located withing the center of the property. Whether honing one’s skills or engaging in a friendly competition, the shooting range offers a perfect place for firearm enthusiasts to practice and enjoy their craft.
To compliment this remarkable property, a spacious five-bedroom, three-bathroom main lodge complete with a large commercial kitchen serves as a welcoming retreat after a day spent enjoying the outdoors. The lodge’s generous size ensures ample space for relaxation, socialization, and sharing hunting stories. The walls and ceiling of the bedrooms and main living room are constructed with tongue and groove cypress, offering a warm and welcoming ambience. The large multi-purpose room in the lodge provides enough area to entertain on a large scale and could be used as an event space. The commercial kitchen is located within the multi-purpose room and has both a 60” commercial refrigerator and 60” commercial freezer, a 48” propane gas range with six burners and commercial hood for ventilation, and an ice maker capable of producing 600 pounds per day. There is also a one bedroom, one bathroom cottage located near the main lodge that could serve as a gamekeeper’s residence or additional guest quarters. There are several outbuildings that include dog kennels, a game processing station and large walk-in cooler, and an equipment shelter. Additional features that service the facilities are two deep water wells, a septic system designed to accommodate 20 overnight guests, a 1000-gallon above ground propane tank, and a large gravel parking lot to the right and rear of the main lodge that covers half of an acre.
Located within ten miles of this property is a regional airport that offers both daily commuter service and general aviation resources. The airport has two runways, one that is 7,175 feet in length and the other 4,997 feet in length. A large university health care system is also based within a twenty-minute drive from the property and offers all levels of medical care.
There are not many opportunities to own the perfect property. Carefully planned and intensely managed, this tract is the epitome of excellent land stewardship and wildlife management. Act quickly so you can begin making your memories at this sportsman’s paradise.