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Oak Hill Forest

Leicester, Addison County, VT
05733
Price: $249,000
Acres: 171.3
Type: Multiple Uses
Availability: Under Agreement
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Introduction
Location
Access
Site Description
Timber

Introduction

Oak Hill Forest is for sale from the family that has owned it for many years. It offers the opportunity for someone to purchase 171 forested acres bordering the National Forest in Leicester, Vermont. Property highlights include a private home site area with open cleared land, local views, and a driveway in place. Fern Lake, Lake Dunmore, and Silver Lake are all within 3 miles of the property, which has internal trails for easy walking throughout the forest. This is an excellent recreational property for hunting, hiking, and other winter and summer outdoor pursuits, all within your own private forest.

Location

Oak Hill Forest is on Limecrest Lane off Vermont Route 53 in Leicester, Vermont. Route 53 travels by Fern Lake and Lake Dunmore, where there is public access for boating, swimming, and fishing. The property's entire eastern boundary borders National Forest land. High-elevation Silver Lake with associated hiking trails is just down the road. The property is only a 20-minute drive to scenic Middlebury, Vermont, with all the amenities of a college town like good shops and restaurants. Boston is three hours away; New York City is a five-hour drive, and Burlington, Vermont, is 50 miles north.

 

Access

The property begins at the end of Limecrest Lane, with a short drive to the building site. This access is the main entrance to the property and is close to the center of the parcel. There are plenty of old trails to follow by foot, ATV, or snowmobile from the building site. There is another entrance to the parcel from Dorie Lane, which has another potential building site connected to the rest of the property by a right-of-way.

Site Description

The same family has owned Oak Hill Forest for many years. The best use for this 171-acre parcel is to build a home or camp and use the property for outdoor recreation like hiking, hunting, winter sports, or a future timber harvest.  Oak Hill sits above the property and is in the National Forest, giving access to hundreds of acres of additional recreational land directly from the property's eastern boundary. Old logging trails run through the land, making walking, ATV riding, or snowmobiling relatively easy. These trails could be improved, and there might be potential for a subdivision in the future after removing some land from the Current Use status. At the center of the parcel is a small area of wetlands. This area will have an abundance of wildlife, deer, moose, and bear, all being present. Tree species are typical for this part of Vermont, with oak, beech, maple, yellow birch, and some hemlock and white pine mixed in.

Timber

The forest resource supports the recreational amenities of the land, and old trails make walking around the property reasonably easy. The younger age class became established about 18 years ago, and straight stems, comprised of hardwood species of oak, birch, maple, ash, and beech, characterize this younger age class. There is also an older age class, likely 70 years of age, with beech and oak producing a good mast crop and diversifying wildlife habitat. The overall forest resource is in excellent condition and will provide the new owner good growth opportunity over the next few decades. There are glacial erratics (large boulders) scattered about this property and the neighboring National Forest, which is typical of this part of Vermont.

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