Graced by more than a mile of frontage on a scenic year-round stream, with sweeping views of the Mohawk River Valley, this North Country forest offers secluded camp or seasonal home potential with easy access to an extensive recreational trail system.
Simms Stream Forest is located in Columbia, a rural hamlet just south of Colebrook, defined by the Connecticut River on the west and some of the region's tallest mountains to the east. The forest fronts more than a mile of rocky Simms Stream, fed by several tributaries and supporting both native and stocked trout populations.
Access is provided by a Class VI road periodically maintained by the town and abutting landowners. Building on Class VI roads is allowed in Columbia at the discretion of the selectman via a waiver of liability permit process.
The parcel encompasses the southeastern slope of a small mountain (2,400' ASL) between Route 3 and Blue Mountain. Over a mile of Simms Stream fronts the entire eastern boundary and parallels a Class VI road, providing convenient access. The terrain is gently rolling at the lower slopes with long-distance views near the mid and upper slopes. Several mid-slope areas offer gentle contours where building is possible.
The young forest consists of a mix of hardwoods, including maple, birch, ash and beech. The forest was last harvested in 2008, leaving thick areas of saplings, poles and dispersed small sawtimber. An internal trail system provides ample access for recreation and future forest management activities.