Within walking distance of the Mount Hunger trailhead, one of the most popular hiking destinations in Vermont, Bear Swamp Road Parcel provides a fine building option for those who enjoy the outdoors.
Bear Swamp Road Parcel is in the town of Middlesex in the north-central part of Vermont. A defining landmark of the town is the Worcester Range, which runs north-south, just west of the property. It is a popular day hiking area from both the eastern and western approaches, with most climbers heading for the semi-alpine peak of Hunger Mountain. From here, there are expansive views to the New York Adirondack Mountains and the New Hampshire White Mountains. The trailhead to Mount Hunger’s eastern approach is within walking distance of the property.
Wrightsville Reservoir, a 190-acre impoundment of the North Branch of the Winooski River, is also within the town and offers a boat launch, picnic areas and a swimming beach.
Middlesex is primarily a bedroom community for Montpelier, Barre, Waterbury and larger employers in the Burlington region. The hilly town is defined by the north-south Route 12 corridor that runs along its eastern border and the east-west Route 2 corridor along its southern border. Much of the town is forested, with homes dotting the back roads and a few farms along the Winooski River and scattered in the hills. The business center of town lies on Route 2, where there is a popular local bakery, a few small shops and the Exit 9 interchange on Interstate 89. One mile from the property is the local elementary school with a playground, sports fields, tennis courts and a gazebo where outdoor concerts are enjoyed during the summer. This area is the heart of the community.
Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, is under an hour to the north, while Boston and Montreal are within a 3-hour drive to the southeast and northwest respectively. New York City is a 5-hour drive to the south. Interstate 89, 8 miles to the southeast of the property, allows for easy commutes to regional destinations, as well as northeastern metropolitan areas.
The property has 479’ of frontage along North Bear Swamp Road, a town-maintained gravel road. The property is quite close to the end of the town-maintained section of road, resulting in a very quiet road. Hikers driving to the trail head make up the majority of cars passing by the land. There are various options for driveway cuts into the land as the terrain is level along the road frontage.
Power is available along the road and property frontage. Cell service is available through Verizon and perhaps other carriers as well.
The property is an ideal site for a year-round home or a vacation house. It is private and scenic, yet close to mountains, a large lake and the town. It is very convenient to the local school and not far from the interstate.
The property has gentle terrain, slightly sloping from the west along the road frontage at 1,480’ ASL (above sea level) to 1,320’ ASL to the east. Old internal woods roads can easily be converted to walking and cross-country ski trails. Soils are generally well-drained closer to the road, but become poorly drained in some areas at the center and in eastern sections of the land.
The easiest and most logical building site is near the road frontage, tucked in the woods a bit. From this site, no other houses can be seen, creating a sense of wilderness close to amenities.
The forest resource consists of a hardwood and softwood species mix, with red spruce, balsam fir, hemlock, red maple and yellow birch the dominant species. The land is 100% forested. Trees of varying ages are present, including an age class greater than 75 years with diameters of ±15 inches.