For sale private forest located high above the town of Bethel Vermont, with the properties best use as a recreational parcel with long term timber value in a peaceful location but close to amenities. The best use for this property is for an off-grid camp or house to enjoy outdoor pursuits such as hiking, hunting, and snowmobiling with a VAST trail on the property’s border for easy access to the trail network.
Old Stage Road Forest sits on a hillside just below the Heap Pinnacle, directly above the town of Bethel, VT. The location is an absolutely perfect place to build your off-grid camp or house while being only a few miles from I 89 Exit 3. The town of Bethel is at the bottom of the access road and has a mix of small shops and restaurants, and is located between the towns of Randolph and Woodstock, both on VT Route 12.
Getting to Old Stage Road Forest is easy, although you will need a four-wheel-drive vehicle with good clearance to get up the last stretch of road.
Access is via VT Rte. 12 and Davis Road, which turns into Old Stage Road near the property boundary. Interstate 89 is just a 5-minute drive from the property, which makes Boston and Hartford CT both only a 2.5-hour drive and, NYC is 5 hours away.
Situated about a mile up an old Town Highway above Bethel, VT is Old Stage Road Forest. This large parcel of forest land is an off-grid piece of property best used for recreational purposes and as a timber resource. Hunting on this parcel would be phenomenal, with deer, turkey, and grouse all being native to the forest’s ecosystem. Enjoy hiking and snowmobiling with a VAST trail nearby for easy access to the club’s trail network. The White River is the predominant natural feature of the area, with several branches of the river meandering through the valleys and mountains on its way to the Connecticut River. Enjoy canoeing, tubing, and fishing from locations along the riverfront just a few miles from your house. This property offers incredible privacy while being close enough to shops to make your vacation or permanent home an easy to get to or an often-visited place for years of future enjoyment.
The property is currently FSC-certified, attaining the gold standard for responsible forestry practices. FSC sets standards for responsible forest management worldwide, and FSC certification ensures that forest products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social, and economic benefits.
The property’s forest management plan delineates 2 forest stands. One of the stands has a higher percentage of hemlock, which is generally quite old, over 100 years of age. The other forest stand is dominated by maple, and this stand also has trees well above 100 years old.
The forest was recently treated silviculturally (2020) with small group cuts and thinning conducted. As such, the woods trails have been re-opened, creating good walking conditions through the forest.