The property supports year-'round home development and outstanding recreational amenities;
· Proximity to the 125-acre Cole's Pond (a few minutes' walk away);
· Ready-to-build potential home site with existing power and driveway;
· Direct access to the 10,826-acre Steam Mill Brook Wildlife Management Area;
· Direct access to VAST snowmobile trail;
· Sugarbush opportunity with 5,800 taps.
Walden Township largely consists of high-country forestland with the property and adjacent Steam Mill Brook Wildlife Management Area at its center. Locally, near the property there is a mix of year ‘round and seasonal homes. In the summer months, out-of-towners flock to cabins and homes around Cole's Pond, only a few minutes’ walk down the road.
Access is provided by 1,095’ of frontage along Cole's Pond Road, a graveled town road east of Route 16. An established driveway leads into a small clearing where electric power has been installed. Cole's Pond Road ends not far to the east of the land, resulting in a peaceful setting with a fairly low travel rate along the road.
The property’s terrain is mostly gently sloped and occupies elevations running from 2,200’ to 2,300’. Much of the land sits on a high plateau just east of the pond, with little slope variation. Southerly aspects are most common. Soils are well drained, with the exception of areas near a small stream that originates at the property’s center and drains into a natural pond on the northeastern boundary.
For the outdoor enthusiast, the property offers outstanding recreational opportunities, with the adjacent Steam Mill Brook Wildlife Management Area (WMA) most notable among those opportunities. This 10,826-acre preserve is owned by the State of Vermont and managed by the Fish & Wildlife Department. This land is a treasure of wildlife habitat communities, hosting an array of large mammal species.
A VAST snowmobile trail runs through the property center, providing direct access to this extensive trail system.
Cole's Pond covers 125 acres, with homes along the southern half of the frontage and a scenic shoreline along the northern and western frontage where the pond abuts the WMA. Warm water species, such as small-mouthed bass, yellow perch and chain pickerel, are present in the relatively shallow waters of Cole's Pond.
The standing timber is the land’s most notable natural resource. The property’s forest management plan delineates two distinct stands, an 89-acre hardwood stand and a maturing, 18-acre softwood stand. The 89-acre hardwood stand supports a species composition dominated by sugar maple. The trees here are 50-70 years of age, with the average diameter of overstory stems at roughly 10”. Fully-stocked stand conditions prevail, with a dense understory common in many areas. Harvesting last occurred about 20 years ago.
With Stand 1 having a nearly pure sugar maple species composition, the resource offers a solid potential sugarbush with ±5,800 taps (66 taps/acre). Terrain slopes to the town road and electric power.