For sale, well-built off-grid camp with separate sugarhouse and large garage all within its own family compound. The camp has running water, gas run lighting and appliances, and a spring-fed pond for your enjoyment. In addition, this is an excellent opportunity to purchase a recreational property for hunting, hiking, and other outdoor pursuits, all within your own 158-acre private forest.
Twigwood Camp and Forest is located on the border of Northfield and Moretown Vermont. The property is about 5 miles outside of the town of Northfield, where there are a variety of shops, restaurants, and amenities available. Norwich University is in Northfield and is the oldest military college in the country. Montpelier is 15 miles to the north via Route 12 or I 89. With the highway being 5 miles outside of town, this property is easy to get to for either a permanent home or the hunting/vacation getaway. Boston is 3 hours away and NY City is a 5-hour drive.
This property is accessed from the end of Bean Road in Northfield, Vermont. A short right-of-way leads to the private road into the forest’s interior, where you will find the compound. Internal roads used for sugaring and cutting firewood make moving around the property easy and provide access for hunting and other outdoor recreational activities.
Twigwood Camp has been owned by the same family for many years, and the forest has been well managed for both sugaring and the occasional timber harvest. The family compound includes a camp built in the 1980s, a good-sized sugarhouse that produced up to 200 gallons of syrup a year, and an open garage big enough to house cars trucks, or tractors. Internally the camp is all on one floor, with high ceilings which showcase the structure's peeled pine architecture. There is a separate wing for sleeping with two rooms set up with bunk beds. These rooms could be made into two distinct bedrooms as well. The kitchen has running water from a spring-fed well, and there are gas lights throughout the camp. There is a gas cook stove, a wood cookstove, a gas-powered refrigerator, plus a bathroom with a sink and toilet. The septic system was not designed for long-term use as there is not much of a leach field, so a new system would need to be installed for more continuous use. Although the camp is not insulated, it has been used year-round as the wood stove puts out plenty of heat to warm the entire camp. The new owners will have a great property to use and enjoy for years to come.
The owner’s father was a trained forest engineer. His acquisition of the property was a longtime dream for the purpose of recreating, viewing wildlife, sugaring, and sustainable forest management. The land has been enrolled in the Tree Farm Program for many years. Family members have spent countless hours improving the forest via maintenance of trails, updating boundaries, tree thinning, and sugarbush management. Overall, the species composition is a mix of softwoods (white pine, red spruce, hemlock, and fir) and hardwoods (primarily maples, birches, and red oak). There is a wide mix of diameter size classes including mature sawlogs. The recommended thinning activities in the 2016 management plan were just completed in the spring/summer of 2021. A copy of the forest management plan is available upon request.
Two spring-fed ponds are directly behind the camp. The smaller pond feeds the large pond, which is approximately 9-10 feet deep. A variety of wildlife will be living near these ponds, with deer and moose tracks seen on the pond’s edges. The large pond is primarily used for swimming, but there have been brook trout stocked in the past for the fly fisherperson.
There are three structures in the compound, the main camp, a sugarhouse, and a garage. The sugarhouse could be used once again for a hobby sugarbush or could be made into another building for sleeping. The large open garage could house vehicles, tractors, or an ATV and snowmobile for traveling the forest trails.