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Bert’s Crown Forest

Property Details

Location: Huntington, Chittenden County, VT
Price: $250,000
Acres: 129
Type: Multiple Uses

Introduction

The property offers many uses, including a strong recreational appeal from its Nordic ski trails, exposed rock out-crops for overnight camping, camp development near the access road, conservation appeal given the adjacent public lands, and long-term forest management.
 
Property highlights include:
The property is boarded on two sides by Camel’s Hump State Park & Huntington Town Forest.

  • Groomed Nordic ski trails throughout the land.
  • Terrain that includes exposed rock area, a perfect hiking destination for overnight camping with incredible views of Camel’s Hump.
  • Professionally managed timber resource.
  • Existing leased camp covering taxes with ability to build a new, private camp.
  • Attractive Huntington, Vermont location close to one of Camel’s Hump’s trailheads.
  • Location

    The property is located in north-central Vermont, within the northern portion of Huntington township. Huntington Village is a small hamlet roughly 3.6 miles to the west, a landscape consisting of widely scattered homes, abundant forestland, and small farms along the Huntington River and other valleys. The land sits on the upper western slopes of the Green Mountain Range and is adjacent to the 21,258 acre Camels Hump State Park. Camels Hump Mountain is tied with Mountain Ellen as Vermont’s third tallest peak, behind Mount Mansfield and Killington. This iconic peak is visible from the land’s exposed rock out-crops. Additionally, the Huntington Town Forest shares a mutual boundary with the lands eastern border.

    Camel’s Hump Nordic Ski Area is a volunteer, non-profit organization (some of its trails are on the property) offering upland skiing with over 35 miles of wooded and open trails covering more than 1,500 acres of private and public lands “in the shadow of Camel’s Hump.” The CHNSA website is www.camelshumpskiers.org.

    The site is 25 miles from Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, and 10 miles from the Richmond Exit on I-89. To the north, Bolton Valley Ski Area is about a 30-minute drive, while Stowe Mountain Resort is slightly under an hour. Boston is a 3.25-hour drive to the southeast.

    Access

    Access is by a developed road, which appears to start as a Class 4 town road (TH 15) for 0.33 miles and then proceed as a private road for 4,000′ to the property’s southeastern boundary. This access road is locally known as Stagecoach Road and is suitable for high-clearance vehicles.

    An internal access road leads a short ways north into the land, which is currently being used in association with an active forest management operation. From this road, many woods trails fan out throughout the property, including various groomed Nordic ski trails used by Camel’s Hump Nordic Ski Area association. 

    Directions:
    From the junctions of Bert White and Stagecoach Roads, head 0.9 miles to the property boundary. The address of a home along Stagecoach Road is 84 Stagecoach Road; from this location, the land is 0.7 miles along Stagecoach Road.

    Site Description

    The property has variable terrain where roughly half of the property occurs on gentle to moderate slopes. The land’s northern and western end has steep slopes with cliffs and rock out-crops in the northwest corner, an area locally known as Bert’s Crown. This site is a tricky but rewarding hike that culminates on exposed rock with semi-alpine forest conditions. For the outdoor enthusiast, this location is an exciting overnight camping spot where direct views of Camel’s Hump unfold.

    Near the access road, where terrain is level, there is opportunity to develop an additional camp, beyond the existing lease camp.

    Aspect is mostly northerly with elevation ranging from 1,420’ at the land’s southwest corner and rising to 2,200’ at the exposed rock out-cropping. Soil drainage is mixed and varies between steeper dry upland sites and more level, seepier soils.

    Timber

    The timber is an attractive resource which has been professionally managed for many decades. Northern hardwood species dominate with sugar/red maple, yellow birch, American beech and white ash common.

    The 2019 forest management plan identifies 6 forest stands. There is currently an active timber harvest that covers stands 1, 2, 3 & 6. The scheduled thinning, group selection and shelterwood treatments aim to capture mature trees, reduce beech and ash and promote conditions for new acceptable regeneration. With cooperative weather this spring and summer the harvesting should be completed by the end of the summer.

    There is no recent timber inventory permitting the establishment of Capital Timber Value (CTV).

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