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Price:  $379,900 (SOLD 2/17/23)

Location:  Yancey County (Burnsville)

Detailed Property Information

42.3 acres
Road Frontage
Private, gravel
Wooded, gently laying and hilly
Surface Water
Nolichucky River and creek
Electricity, Telephone
Electrical service
Well Water
Spring fed
Sewer System
Septic (no records)
Open Field/Pasture
Nearest Interstate Highway
19+ miles (I-26)
Nearest Four Lane Road
16+ miles (US 19E)
Nearest High Density Area
18 miles to Burnsville

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How often do you find a property that has extensive private frontage on a major river, adjoining thousands of acres of national forest, gently laying topography that has historically been farmed, an old homestead with farm buildings AND a private island?  A property like this simply does not come to market often because they are so rare.  All that is part of this offering.

These 42 acres offer extreme privacy with no restrictions and direct access to more than 9,000 acres of US Forest Service Lands.  Located approximately 30 minutes north of Burnsville in Yancey County, this is true “end of the road” privacy.  The road goes no further from here.  To get to the property one leaves the paved state maintained road, and drives approximately two miles on a well maintained USFS road (any passenger vehicle can make it), before coming to a massive iron gate.  Pass through the locked gate and continue for about 1.5 mile driving along the Nolichucky River to the property.

This is in an area known as White Oak Flats and many years ago was a farming community of many families who lived alongside the massive Nolichucky River.   The Nolichucky at this point is around 200′ across and is well known for fly fishing and rafting in the Nolichucky River Gorge.  This property is the last privately owned property before entering the Nolichucky River Gorge.

This property offers nearly 2,000′ of frontage on the Nolichucky and best of all, it is easily accessible frontage.  Simply walk off the land into the water which for much of the frontage is gently flowing and wide.  It is ideal for swimming, tubing and general fun.  Or if you want to fish, that is available as is putting in a boat for a float trip or kayaking into the gorge which begins just beyond.  Another unique feature is the approximately six acre island that is part of the 42 acres.  That’s right, you have your own island.  During low water, you can simply walk from the mainland to the island, and due to the river bottom around the island a private pond is created between the mainland and the island.  You won’t find anything like it elsewhere.

These 42 acres have outstanding topography that is ideal for building.  Nearer the river you’ll find the original homestead which is an approximately 100 year old farm house that was lived in as recently as 2002.  It is not a tear down, but certainly has deferred maintenance and needs extensive updating and repairs.  However, it had spring fed water, a septic system (no records, but was in use) and electrical service from French Broad Electrical Cooperative.  Around the house, you’ll find several acres of gently laying land that was used for livestock and gardening.  That is, this is a fully self-sustainable property: fish from the river, grow food and raise livestock with abundant water supply.  Behind the house are several farm buildings, two of which still have a good bit of life in them.

Behind the homestead, you can easily walk up into the woods and you’ll quickly come to a very large, broad, gently laying ridgetop.  This is absolutely ideal for additional building if desired.  It will offer both mountain views and views down to the river, not to mention the sounds of the river itself.  Perhaps best of all, you are assured that no one will ever build up alongside this spot because the neighbor is the US Forest Service and land which has over 9,000 acres to it.  Just step off your back porch and you can walk for days without coming across another home.

This property is shown only by appointment.  A high clearance vehicle is suggested for driving the shared road beyond the iron gate.  Its a wonderful hideaway.  Don’t expect high speed internet or cell service.  On one hand, this property has little impact from EMF’s or 5G signals, which for some is a good thing.  Up on the higher part of the property, however, I’ve been able to send and receive text messages, therefore, you can still communicate with the outside world and even set up a satellite service for internet if desired.  It is definitely remote, so if you want to be away from the crowds, this is a great choice.  But at the same time, there are a couple of well provisioned country stores nearby for day to day items.  Hard to find property with river frontage of this quality adjoining USFS land at this price per acre.