Cobb Brook Forest covers a significant footprint in the Green Mountain foothills and benefits from the following attributes: a meaningful level of standing timber value towards the property’s asking price; a scenic landscape set high above the Huntington River Valley; adjacent acres of state lands; potential sugarbush opportunity with 29,000± taps, and end-of-the-road privacy.
The property is located in north-central Vermont, within the southern portion of Huntington Township. The landscape in this area consists of small farms along the scenic Huntington River to the west and state-controlled forestland associated with the Green Mountain Range to the east. This section of the Green Mountains features a long chain of tall, notable mountain peaks from Camel's Hump a few miles to the north to Mount Ellen to the south. The geographical mix of bottomland farms and tall mountains within this area creates a picturesque environment, all seen in the sweeping views from the property.
The property is about 25 miles from Burlington, Vermont's largest city, and 12 miles from the Richmond interchange on I-89. Mad River Glen Ski Resort is roughly 12 miles to the southeast, while Stowe Mountain Resort is just under an hour to the north.
Access to the property is provided by roughly 1 mile of frontage along Charlie Smith Road, a Class IV, non-maintained town road. This fairly steep road runs to the center of the property (there is a gate along the way). It then continues as a private gravel road, passing the site of a former homestead (early 1900s), before ending at a small clearing. Beyond, the road continues as a trail, exiting the property's southeastern boundary onto the adjoining state lands.
The property is defined by several distinct geographical features, most notably its high plateau location wedged tightly between the Huntington River Valley to the west and several well-known mountain peaks to the east, including Deane Mountain, Huntington Gap, Burnt Rock Mountain and Mount Ira Allen, all roughly 2 miles from the property. Vermont's Long Trail runs along this extended ridgeline. Formerly occupied by a large farm in the early 1900s, the center of the property covers mostly gentle terrain.
The property has been managed for decades as a traditional working forest, and since 2008 under Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) guidelines, growing quality northern hardwood and softwood sawlogs, in addition to a host of other forest products. The current Capital Timber Value (CTV) is estimated to be $694,000, accounting for 66% of the purchase price, with the balance realistically covering the bare land value held by the property’s multiple-use opportunities (housing, conservation, recreation, etc). The forest’s upland terrain has resulted in a timber resource dominated by northern hardwoods (80% of species composition). The maples are the major species (42%), followed by white ash (15%), yellow/white birch (11%), hemlock (10%), and spruce/pine (10%). The property offers a potential sugarbush opportunity, with the timber data indicating roughly 29,182 sugar and red maple taps property-wide (utilizing all stems 10” and greater).