(JUST SOLD!) Epson Rocky Ford Road! Gorgeous 247+/- Acre Franklin County Farm Loaded with Diverse Timber, Open Agricultural Fields, Large Fishing Pond and More! LOTS of Road Frontage on both Epson Rocky Ford Road and Gooch Roads. Enjoy Miles of Existing Forest Paths Through Stands of Mature Pines & Hardwoods. An Ultimate Family Farm and Getaway! Abundant Recreational Opportunities Such as Hiking, Fishing, Hunting, Equestrian Options and ATV Trails. Great Long Term Timber and Land Investment Potential. $790,000!
(JUST SOLD)! 113 Acres of Duck Hunting Land with Home Site in Nash County NC near the Franklin County Line!
DUCKS! DUCKS! DUCKS! GEESE! DEER! TURKEYS! 35-40 Minutes from the Triangle!
10431 Lake Royale Rd, Spring Hope, NC 27882. This Duck Impoundment and 113+ acre hunting tract for Sale in Nash County NC is right on the Nash-Franklin County line and ideal for hunters looking for the perfect duck hunting property close to the Triangle! The property has been well managed and many updates done since its purchase in 2014. The property was mostly underwater at that time due to years of flooding and beaver damning after the timber company had left. The number of ducks it was holding was simply remarkable! At dusk the skies were totally black with birds coming into the property. The Tar River basin is a great drainage and the owners knew that it was a special and unique opportunity so they enhanced the habitat each year.
The amount of Tar river frontage (over 3700+/- feet) for a property of this size is rare! The fact the river is a natural boundary with swamps on all sides keeps the property extremely protected and private from other hunters and there are two deeded access points as well. The owners knew the potential in the property and wanted to gain some control over the water levels and create a food source. The logging company had put a road across the property that created a natural area for impounding so they spent the first few years building the infrastructure across the property via upgraded piping systems and clearing of “the impoundment” and “slough” portions of the property. These areas are both easily planted with rice (SEE PHOTOS BELOW), millet or other food sources that waterfowl like. There is a large roost on the property and no clearing or anything was done to the roost area to leave it wet year round. The property is nesting a great number of birds this year.
There are 15 wood duck boxes that have been maintained every year and most of which produce multiple nests a year. These birds are patterned in on the property and utilize it every winter. The migratory puddle ducks that use the Tar basin typically show up in late November every year and stay through the winter. The bird activity has remained fantastic!
The sellers built nice permanent blind structures in the impoundment and the slough and did extensive timber management in fall of 2019 that added a great deal of accessibility to the property. They created a large food plot and enhanced the river road which are both planted in food and loaded with deer and turkeys. All points to the property are now very accessible by truck or ATV and was not the case when purchased. There are two feeders on the property as well as dozens of prime deer stands areas.
Triangle Pond Management has managed the property for years and are very interested in continuing on with wildlife management for the new owners. They are arguably one of the top Waterfowl Management companies in the state and know the property inside and out. Triangle Pond planted the crops and food plots every year and helped with all facets of management as needed. They can construct and erect deer stands for the new owners as well.
The cabin on the property has solid bones but needs to be refinished and remodeled with updates and is sold “as is”. It was flooded in Hurricane Matthew and likely should be raised when refurbished.
This tract is a hunter’s paradise. Don’t miss this Duck Impoundment for Sale in Nash County NC!! Call us today!! Shown by appointment only. 10431 Lake Royale Rd, Spring Hope, NC 27882.
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Finding Fresh Produce in Our Own Backyards and Supporting Local NC Farms can be tough with social distancing regulations being what they are, shortages of some fresh food items at our local grocery stores, and cabin fever – for some – running at somewhat higher levels than usual, you may be gratified to find out that many of the items we may have been going without or struggling to find are actually still available. Local farms, suffering from closures of farmer’s markets and other limited retail opportunities, need and want our business, and many of them, just a car ride away, now offer convenient online ordering, pick-up and delivery services that make our lives during this period just a little bit more manageable. Finding Fresh Produce in Our Own Backyards and Supporting Local NC Farms.
Fresh Fruits & Greens
Wake County’s Collard Patch roadside farm market supports community farms and families through the sale of fresh, locally-grown vegetables and strawberries. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 8am through dusk. http://thecollardpatch.net/index.html
Bernie’s Berries, outside of Greensboro, currently offers strawberries and tomatoes in stock and available for pick up should you call ahead; pick-up will be arranged in an area where produce is loaded directly into vehicles. Visitors may also opt to pick their own berries, provided hands are washed first. From late spring through mid-fall, a full range of fresh produce is also available. http://www.berniesberries.com/our-produce/
Phillips Farms of Cary will be selling strawberries this season in sanitized containers; those who bring back their containers will receive a future discount! As of April 16, the farm’s opening date, drive-up service only will be available, with payment accepted online. http://phillipsfarmsofcary.com/
Place your online order for vegetables, flowers and herbs from Clayton’s Chickadee Farms by Sunday evening in order to pick your items up at the farm on Tuesday; order by Thursday for Saturday pick-up. Orders will be safely stored in a cooler with your bagged and tagged items inside. https://www.chickadeefarmsnc.com/
Eggs, Milk and Cheese
The Ran-Lew Dairy in Graham carries fresh milk, buttermilk and ice cream, available for pick-up Thursdays 4-6pm or Saturdays 10am – 2pm. Email email@example.com
Greensboro’s Brookhaven Mill Farm offers fresh milk, eggs, butter, honey and more. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to schedule a pick-up.
Dairy products (eggs, cheese and milk) as well as beef, pork, chicken and lamb and available at the Ninja Cow Farm’s on-site store, but a limited number of customers are allowed in at a time and guests must wash their hands before entering. https://ninjacowfarm.com/
Cane Creek Farm’s farm stand is open on Saturdays 9am-1pm and Wednesdays 3-6pm in Elfland, offering pork, beef, poultry and lamb as well as fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs and honey. Large meat orders are available for pick-up. https://canecreekfarm.us/
Saxapahaw’s Braeburn Beef farm raises pork and beef and sells in bulk to the public; orders are available for pick-up at the farm. https://braeburnbeef.com/
Bull City Farm, in Bahama, accepts pre-orders of pasture-raised pork and turkey, grass-fed lamb, sausages and pasture-raised eggs with pick-up or home delivery options. https://www.bullcityfarm.com/
Chapel Hill’s Beechcrest Farm offers no-contact delivery of beef, pork, eggs and more within the Chapel Hill / Durham / Pittsboro area. https://beechcrestfarm.com/
Several other local farms offer beef, poultry, pork or other types of meet, including the following. Call ahead or place your online order to arrange for pick-up or delivery.
- Randleman Farms, Elon / Beef, Pork & Poultry / 336-214-9353
- Carolina Lamb, Chapel Hill / Lamb / email@example.com or (984) 569-0747
- Rippetoe Farm, Lenoir / Pork & Chicken / https://www.facebook.com/rippetoefarm
- McAdams Farm, Elfland / Beef, Lamb and Produce / https://www.mcadamsfarm.com/
- Summerfield Farms, Summerfield / Beef, Eggs, Take-Out Meals / https://summerfieldfarms.com/
The Strong Arm Baking Company not only features a full range of breads, cookies, pastries, and pies, but eggs and farmer’s cheese as well. For every loaf of bread purchased via weekly subscription, Strong Arm donates a loaf to a local food bank. Home delivery is provided with prepaid online orders. https://www.strongarmbaking.com/
Order local breads and crackers, honey, vegetables, flowers, herbs and more from Mebane’s Farmbelly Online Farmstand. Place your order by Sunday evening and pick your items up on Tuesday 2-6pm. https://www.farmbelly.com/farmstand
Kenly’s Eastern NC Crawfish Farm currently offers fresh crawfish Monday through Saturday, by appointment only, at their farm location. https://www.easternnccrawfish.com/
Purchase your raw or creamed honey, beeswax candles and a range of honey-based products in North Hills, Raleigh from local honey vendor Pleasant Bee at a convenient drive-in-and-out mini market Saturdays 10am – Noon. http://thepleasantbee.com/The_Pleasant_Bee.php
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Looking for ways to get out of the house with the kids, stay sane and stay healthy, and stick to the commonsense rules of social distancing that have become such a focus of our everyday lives? Maintaining positive mental and physical well-being, for children as well as adults, is especially important during these challenging times, but there are plenty of creative ways we can keep our families entertained and active during this unplanned period – and gift – of together time.
The Joy of Gardening With Children
There’s no better time than early spring to plant and care for a vegetable garden. Cultivating a garden together with our kids is not just a great way to get outside during some of the most pleasant months of the year, but the process of growing edible plants – vegetables, herbs, fruit – also teaches kids all about food, nutrition, discipline and the importance of hard work. Seeds or starter plants, tools, pots and other gardening supplies are always available to order online, and plenty of videos will help get the kids excited about the prospect of growing – and eating! – their own delicious produce.
A variety of quick-growing vegetables including zucchini, radishes, spinach, green beans and turnips will keep the kids busy and engaged, while squash and pumpkins are fun to plant because they’re impressive to grow – large and colorful on their fast-growing vines. Tomatoes, lettuce and certain herbs are easily grown in pots and will continue to flourish as they are picked throughout the season, and alfalfa or bean sprouts can even be grown on the back porch or kitchen counter, with sprouts sometimes beginning to appear in as few as 3-4 days.
Spring is also the best time of year for birdwatching, as the millions of migratory birds that have spent their winter months in warm southern regions migrate back north again to build nests, explore and communicate with one another as they re-acclimate to life in the Northern Hemisphere. Sparrows, warblers, thrushes and woodpeckers are at their most active in late March and early April, staking out territories and singing their very distinct songs in an effort to find and attract mates.
Bird feeders in the backyard are a great place to start growing your children’s interest in birdwatching and identification, but even a short walk down a park path or into the woods will open their eyes as to the enormous range of birds in the area. Keeping a bird journal, spotting different species with a pair of binoculars and learning how to identify them based on size, color, song and behavior are all activities that are not just fun, but educational.
Go on a Turkey Hunt
Another great way to get older kids out of the house and into the great outdoors is by taking them on a spring turkey shoot. Beginning April 4th, youth under the age of 18 are able to hunt turkeys (male or bearded turkeys) statewide. Several restrictions exist, of course, which may result in heavy fines if violated; hunting with dogs during spring turkey season, for instance, is prohibited, as is hunting with any sort of handgun. But learning to call or scout out a turkey, handle a gun and even build a hunting blind are all hunting skills that your children will be able to use for years to come.
Go For a Run or a Nature Walk
There are ways to run safely during these times of social distancing that have everything to do with running on your own rather than in a group and sticking to areas or trails that are not likely to have much other foot traffic. It’s a prime time to explore some less-traveled routes – parks, paths or neighborhoods – that might be new to you as a runner or to try running at a time of day you may not be accustomed to.
Children, once again, are dying to get outdoors, and a nature walk with the kids might involve asking them to listen to and describe the sounds of the forest, the types of trees they see or signs of animal life – animal tracks, insects, animal droppings or bird nests – along the way. Even if the walk turns into a simple opportunity for some fresh air and change of scenery, the precious memories of these times spent as a family are likely to stick with them – and you – forever.
Life in unspoiled Warren County combines the charms of the past with an abundance of opportunities for year-round recreation and sports and a growing arts, entertainment and dining scene. The ideal climate and natural resources of the area are quintessential North Carolina, while history is impossible to ignore in the county’s many historical sites, structures and place names.
A Unique Geography
Situated along the North Carolina/Virginia state line in the northwest corner of the Piedmont region, this peaceful county is a combination of lovely small towns (Five Forks, Soul City, Nutbush and curiously-named Lickskillet, to name but a few), the townships in which they’re located (Fishing Creek, Nutbush, Six Pound, etc.) and, finally, the county’s three sole incorporated towns of Warrenton, Macon and Norlina. A stretch of beautiful Lake Gaston, prime area for picnicking, fishing, boating and hiking, cuts across the northeastern corner of the county while equally impressive Kerr Lake offers multiple camping areas and more than 800 miles of stunning natural shoreline at the county’s northeastern edge. A population of around 20,000 is spread out over 444 square miles that are almost entirely rural. Real estate for sale in this region includes land for raising livestock, agricultural land and, of course, single-family homes both rural and in the hubs of Norlina, Macon and Warrenton.
History: A Colonial Heritage
Taking a look at the history of the region provides an interesting snapshot into some of North Carolina’s most fascinating roots. Over 300 years ago, Native American tribes inhabited the area, trading with settlers in what is now Virginia and North Carolina along a route – the famed Norlina Trading Path, or Great Trading Path – stretching from what is now central North Carolina up into the Petersburg, Virginia area. Early settlers, including William Duke, had come to the area mainly interested in growing cotton and tobacco; several hot springs also helped attract aristocratic visitors from up and down the coast. Towns sprouted up during the Colonial period throughout the mid-1800’s along this well-traveled trading “highway,” serving Native Americans and early European settlers who bartered guns, gunpowder, jewelry, blankets, agricultural goods and furs. By 1860, Warren County was the most prosperous county in the state, and plantations here some of the largest in and around the region.
As a Confederate state, however, North Carolina struggled with the issue of slavery throughout the Civil War, and after the war the county’s economy began to suffer. Magnificent old mansions fell into disrepair, hot springs resorts closed and agricultural output dropped off. It wasn’t until the late 1800s, as textile industries expanded and agriculture slowly began thriving once again, that Warren County started to regain some of its pre-war prosperity. Today the county’s economy is based primarily on manufacturing, healthcare, insurance and agriculture.
The development of Warren’s County’s three incorporated towns – Warrenton, Macon and Norlina – is rooted in the area’s economic growth of the Colonial era and on into the 19th and 20th centuries.
- Macon. Locally known as the “Macon Depot” in the early 19th century and named for Nathaniel Macon, once Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Macon’s population of 134 makes it the smallest of the county’s incorporated towns.
- Norlina. The largest of the three towns, Norlina’s population of just over 1,000 has remained stable since its beginnings as “Ridgeway Junction,” or “the Woodyard,” as it was later known, as it was located at a crossroads where a restaurant and the historic Landmark Hotel were built to serve local travelers. Still just over 1.12 square miles in size, quaint Norlina hosts the fun annual Ridgeway Cantaloupe Festival in early July.
- Historic Warrenton, county seat and namesake of Dr. Joseph Warren, patriot who fell at Bunker Hill, was a showcase of Greek Revival, Federal and Italianate styles of architecture in the mid-1800’s. Over half of the town’s buildings, in fact – homes, churches and Warrenton’s famed Old Brick Store – are historic in nature, and many are listed in the National Register of Historical Places. The population of this town – just over 800 – has remained remarkably steady over the past two centuries.
Each April the town celebrates its SpringFest and 5K road race on the fourth Saturday of the month. Other fun yearly events include Fright Night and Harvest Market in October and the Christmas holiday parade early in December. The town’s Hayley-Haywood Park features a 9-hole disc golf course, walking trail and picnic tables.
Faith, Education & Transportation
Warren County schools are comprised of two elementary schools, one K-8, one middle school, three high schools and one non-denominational private school for grades 6 through 12. 110 churches are primarily Baptist but 17 different faiths are represented, including Methodist, Catholic and Presbyterian.
Macon’s small regional airfield, Nocarva Airport, is for private use only but the county is in close proximity to Wake County’s Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). Roads are excellent and generally in good repair, providing quick access to major metropolitan areas in North Carolina, Virginia and the D.C. area: Raleigh, Charlotte, Richmond, Washington and Wilmington. Hundreds of miles of train tracks crisscross the region, providing valuable transportation for commercial freight purposes, and the closest Amtrak station is just 45 minutes away from the area, in Rocky Mount.
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As one of the most agriculturally productive of the southern states, it isn’t surprising that North Carolina is also renowned for its innovative farming methods and diversity when it comes to crops and animal production. And with a temperate climate, abundance of rural land and plenty of water resources, the state is ideal for a unique and thriving farming method called aquafarming. Farmland for sale in the Piedmont – from the mountains to the Atlantic coast, in fact – sometimes includes a lake, pond or other area that is utilized for aquafarming purposes.
Aquafarming – What Is it?
Aquafarming (or aquaculture) involves the cultivation and harvesting of water-reliant products – both plants and animals – in a controlled fresh or saltwater environment. Most are raised for food, but the purpose of some aquafarming is to replenish fish in wild areas, restore freshwater or marine habitats, raise fish as baitfish, or grow exotic or ornamental fish and/or plants for aquariums, zoos, and other commercial purposes. Few people are aware that aquafarming is responsible for almost half of all the fish and seafood that is consumed worldwide.
Due to Americans’ increased taste for fish and shellfish and a growing interest in commercial fishing opportunities, aquafarming – though still a fairly small segment of our state’s farm production overall – is growing rapidly. Globally, demand has also increased for specific types of fish – sturgeon and tilapia, for example – as well as fishmeal, fish oils, and crustaceans.
North Carolina farmers are becoming more and more interested in aquaculture as a means, most often, to supplement more traditional agricultural or livestock farming income, and many prefer it for a variety of reasons. First of all, traditional farming methods often involve fertilization; and over-fertilization sometimes leads to unhealthy levels of nitrogen and phosphorous, the depletion of soil nutrients and contamination of drinking water. Also, methane emissions from cattle production are a small element of greenhouse gas emissions overall, but raising livestock is often seen as less environmentally-friendly than aquaculture or other types of agriculture. Finally, plants and animals raised through aquaculture often – appealingly – require much less in the way of nourishment and pure labor.
Marine (Saltwater) Farming in North Carolina
Our state’s coastline is long and its rich Atlantic waters and coastal estuaries are prime for raising a wide range of fish and shellfish, including clams, oysters and soft shell crabs. Most shellfish growers are located between the southern end of the Outer Banks and Wilmington.
- Soft Shell Crabs. Although the growing process is more labor-intensive than growing oysters or clams, the production of soft shell crabs – most typically blue crabs – is the most lucrative segment of marine farming in North Carolina. In the proper, protected environment a female blue crab’s eggs are much more likely to survive than they are in the wild. Some growers, too, have experimented successfully with raising soft shell crabs in freshwater irrigation ponds.
- Oysters. The demand for oysters is high in our state and the perfect environment exists in which to grow them in many of our coastal communities. Rather than the traditional method of gathering oysters by dredging along the bottom of sounds and estuaries, commercially grown oysters are often raised and harvested from columns suspended in the water or from floating cages.
- Clams. Located primarily in waters with a salinity about 2/3 that of the ocean and where there is constant tidal movement, clam farms exist mainly in Pamlico Sound. Because of the multiple, lengthy steps of the clam production cycle and the very specific environment in which hard clams thrive, labor costs are fairly high and true clam farms – where clams are raised from hatchery seed – are few.
Freshwater farming of plants and animals occurs in the lakes, ponds, rivers and inland waterways of the state and requires the same basic needs as saltwater farming: the proper growing temperature, an adequate oxygen supply, and a method of waste removal.
- Rainbow Trout. The nation’s trout industry (east of the Mississippi, at least) is based in North Carolina’s mountain region. Trout farming – the oldest form of fish production in the U.S. – takes place in farms near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with some catering to tourists but most supplying the U.S. trout market.
- Catfish. Most successfully grown in areas of swiftly moving water, catfish are also raised in the lakes, ponds and some slower-moving streams of the western part of the state. Most catfish farmers raise these fish in order to supplement other sources of income, or in order to diversify their farming activities.
- Crawfish. Crawfish farming involves a system of draining, flooding and the labor-intensive planting of forage crops in shallow ponds which are meant to simulate the natural habitat of crawfish. Harvesting of this delicious seafood delicacy takes place between April and June.
- Tilapia. Another highly popular freshwater fish is tilapia, an easily-bred, mild tasting fish that is adaptable to most environmental conditions. Often grown in indoor tank systems, tilapia is one of the fastest-growing freshwater aquaculture species.
- Freshwater Plants. Ornamental plants for freshwater aquariums, decorative landscaping plants such as cattails, and edible plants like watercress and rice are a few examples of aquatic plants that some farmers raise in North Carolina, mostly on a small scale.
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If the outdoor world is your world, this year’s 40th Annual Dixie Deer Classic event, the largest sportsman’s show in the South, is sure to be the highlight of your week. The fun event, sponsored by the Wake County Wildlife Club, takes place this weekend, offering visitors opportunities to shop, talk, learn and trade stories with some of the best of the best hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation experts in the world.
Held on the 9th weekend of each year at the spacious NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, the show has always been – and still is – widely known as one of the nation’s most preeminent Trophy Whitetail Deer shows. Exhibitors’ booths, vendors and areas for competitions, seminars and food are spread throughout four buildings and an outdoor area designated for large-scale vendors, shows and demonstrations.
Highlights of the 2020 Dixie Deer Classic will include –
- Amazing dog competitions and awards for “best dog” in Big Air, Speed Retrieve, Extreme Vertical and Iron Dog contests.
- The Tarheel Open Turkey Calling Competition. Turkey calls must be original to their owners and are judged depending on purpose and design.
- A daily wildlife scavenger hunt and kids’ fishing rodeo.
- Over 300 local and national vendors of everything from boats to guns and hunting lodges to safari outfitters.
- The show’s first ever Venison Chili Cookoff.
- Celebrity presentations and events hosted by Michael Waddell, Nick Mundt and Travis “T-Bone” Turner of the Bone Collector series; and famed hunter, big game outfitter, writer and TV host, Jim Shockey.
- Inspirational and informative seminars on decoy carving, coyote trapping, birds of prey, tree and camera placement, making and using a turkey call and more.
- Raffles, giveaways and door prizes.
Kids are more than welcome at the show with their own full range of activities such as retriever demos, BB gun turkey shoots, face painting, bow-and-arrow practice at Archery Alley, and their own Turkey Calling School and Contest. Young fishermen and hunters – boys and girls alike – will enjoy hands-on exhibits where they can hold animals and learn about the outdoors from vendors such as the NC Bowhunters Association and NC Trappers Association.
Whitetail Trophy Showcase
The Dixie Deer Classic’s renowned Whitetail Trophy Showcase features a range of competitors – Male, Female, Youth Male and Youth Female – and a list of competitions specific to North Carolina: Best by Gun, Best by Muzzleloader, and Best by Crossbow, for instance. All trophies entered must comply with the rules and regulations established by the Boone & Crocket Fair Chase Statement regarding the ethical and fair pursuit and taking of free-range, big game animals, and all entries and winners are recorded in the fabled Dixie Deer Classic hunting and trophy records system.
The Wake County Wildlife Club: Conservation & Education
The Club’s substantial efforts toward wildlife conservation and education are almost entirely supported by proceeds of the Dixie Deer Classic event, the group’s only fundraiser of the year. Over 150 members and an additional group of more than 200 devoted volunteers work together to put on this remarkable sporting event where local sportsmen can meet each other and be exposed to vendors and professionals from throughout the world of hunting, fishing and other outdoor adventures. The Club’s financial support of organizations such as 4-H – the organization pays for 36 area children to go to camp for FREE each year – as well as “Hunters for the Hungry” – over 30,000 venison meals per year are donated – are complemented by the group’s own educational facility, which provides courses in firearm safety, wildlife identification, specialty hunting and more.
Tickets and Times
TICKETS for the Dixie Deer Classic are $15; Youths 13-18, Seniors, Military and Women are just $12 on Friday; and kids under the age of 12 are always free!
HOURS: Friday 11 am – 8 pm, Saturday 9 am – 7 pm and Sunday 9 am – 5 pm.
A few short miles outside of Raleigh is beautiful Nash County, North Carolina, one of the Piedmont region’s most thriving areas and a true mix of rural countryside and suburban conveniences. Many towns in this highly desirable part of the state are within commuting distance of the capital city, and properties for sale here – horse farms and hobby farms, acreage and ranches – are valued for their prime location and exceptional natural amenities.
Idyllic Country Living
Rural properties for sale in and around Rocky Mount, Nashville, Middlesex and Spring Hope are often cleared as farmland and frequently include ponds, streams and forest. Homes range in size from modest 1- or 2-bedroom cottages to large, one-of-a-kind country estates with vast tracts of land and numerous barns and other outbuildings. Field crops such as sweet potatoes, tobacco, cotton and soybeans thrive here; many farms also raise cattle, pigs and chickens. Some properties feature the grazing pasture, stables and other facilities that make them ideal for raising horses.
Acreage along the Tar River is often prime for hunting and fishing, too. Wooded areas provide an excellent habitat for deer, wild turkey, black bear, squirrels and rabbits while the river is full of catfish, bass and crappie. Lakes are well-populated by waterfowl – most commonly, ducks.
Falls, Water & Woods
Nash County’s natural landscape is one of rolling hills, waterfalls (the Tar River’s Upper and Little Falls) and lakes (Gum Lake, City Lake, Bellamy Lake). Recreational activities from canoeing along the Tar River Paddling Trail to fly-fishing, hiking, horseback riding and biking along a number of paths and creeks are perfect for anyone wishing to get out and enjoy nature for an hour or two. Rocky Mount’s Battle Park includes a boat landing, picnic shelters, fishing piers and the Tar River Trail and Reservoir, offering even more resources for fishing, paddling and boating.
Just outside of Nash County, the world’s largest waterfowl park – Sylvan Heights Bird Park – draws visitors from near and far with its population of over 1,500 birds from various parts of the world. This remarkable 18-acre resource serves as a global center for avicultural research and offers visitors close-up views of rare birds from almost every continent.
Peace, Privacy and an Enviable Quality of Life
The small towns and wide-open spaces of Nash County attract families and farmers with the appeal of unspoiled county living and plenty of recreational opportunities.
Local museums – the quaint Country Doctor Museum and Rocky Mount Fireman’s Museum, for instance – are unique to the area, while The Tar River Philharmonic and Dunn Center for the Performing Arts at Wesleyan College offer cultural entertainment in the way of classical music performances, plays, concerts and the outstanding Mims Gallery.
History buffs enjoy Rocky Mount’s vintage train station and Twin County Museum and Hall of Fame, which includes several refurbished train cars and a design reminiscent of a century ago. The city’s Stonewall Manor offers a unique insight into antebellum architectural design and plantation living of the early 19th century. Rocky Mount Mills, North Carolina’s second oldest cotton mill – burned by Union soldiers then rebuilt, twice – is today a thriving riverfront commercial, residential and entertainment complex, but the building itself has been preserved to retain the look and feel of decades past. Here, too, the county’s thriving farmer’s market includes a busy storefront for sales of local products.
Other family-friendly local activities include skating rinks and bowling alleys, public tennis courts and pools, and three outstanding golf courses in Rocky Mount and Spring Hope. Rocky Mount’s Sports Complex hosts a variety of games and other baseball, basketball, horseshoe and soccer activities, and the minor-league Carolina Wildcats baseball team, based in Zebulon – just outside of Nash County – play at Five County Stadium.
- NC Pickle Festival / Mount Olive, NC / April 24-25, 2020
Hop aboard the pickle train or spot an eclectic group of local mascots – including the star of the show, Ollie Q. Cumber – racing their way through the middle of town; they’ll be competing for the esteemed NC Pickle Festival Mascot Trophy. Other fun events include a competitive pickle-eating contest, chili cook-off, arts contests, pickle treasure hunt and carnival games.
- SpringFest / Mount Holly, NC / April 27 – May 4, 2020
This weeklong celebration of springtime in Nash County kicks off with 5K and 10K races downtown and riverside and includes a golf classic, family-friendly outdoor movies, lots of live music and a classic Car & Truck Show.
- Nashville Blooming Festival / Nashville, NC / May 8-9, 2020
This two-day event features musical acts, arts, crafts and food, parade, and special Mom of the Year competition – appropriately enough, since this fun celebration takes place over Mother’s Day weekend.
- Spring Hope Pumpkin Festival / Spring Hope, NC / October 2020 (Date TBD)
Families, friends and visitors enjoy live music and dancing, pumpkin weigh-ins, pumpkin decorating, a parade, and lots of fall-related food, arts and crafts.
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4584 US 421 Highway, Lillington, NC 27546
Residents of the peaceful town of Lillington, North Carolina enjoy abundant natural resources and an ideal, slower pace of life that many buyers seek in today’s Piedmont-area real estate market. Thriving Harnett County, in fact, is one of the top five fastest-growing counties in the state.
Lillington: Location is Everything
The bucolic rural setting of Lillington is hard to beat, but the town’s prime location – midway between Raleigh and Fayetteville and just a 40-minute drive to Research Triangle Park (RTP) or Fort Bragg – is even more enticing for some house hunters who desire to live as close as possible to urban areas for work and entertainment. Campbell University is conveniently situated within a 10-minute drive of downtown, and most of the area’s largest local industries – manufacturing, science and technology, agriculture and healthcare – are experiencing strong and steady growth. Overall the economic outlook for the area is very positive.
Cape Fear River and Raven Rock State Park
Raven Rock State Park, one of North Carolina’s most remarkable park resources, attracts hikers, bikers, fishermen, campers and kayakers with multiple trails and over twenty campsites on and around the picturesque Cape Fear River and massive Raven Rock landmark. Over 4,800 pristine acres provide a spectacular snapshot of the geology and topography of the region: dense hardwood forest; streams filled with catfish, bass, and sunfish; fields of colorful springtime wildflowers; and treetops where wood ducks, hawks, owls and woodpeckers nest and thrive.
The magnificent estate home at 4584 US 421 Highway is an exceptional residence for those seeking to enjoy country living at its fullest. 5,156 square feet of custom-built living space – two master bedrooms (one with fireplace), home theatre, grand foyer and sunroom, all with 10-foot coffered ceilings – complement an open floor plan featuring quality craftsmanship throughout.
The attention to detail in this spacious home’s parlor, formal dining room, family room and office/study area is superb, as is the quality of the high-end (Jenn Aire) appliances, custom cabinets and walk-in pantry of the outstanding chef’s kitchen. Four bedrooms – two of these master – are large and filled with natural light, and a game room provides plenty of room for pool table, wet bar and more.
The outside of this stunning home is no less impressive, with a wide and welcoming covered front porch, beautifully landscaped yard and circular driveway, back porch overlooking a stocked private pond, and prime fenced pasture with riding trails. Two garages – one detached – provide ample space for cars, equipment and recreational vehicles. Several large fields on this large, private property are irrigated.
This home at 4584 US 421 Highway in Lillington is listed at $995,000. See more photos and video here!
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Many local farms have homes with ponds or lakes or horse amenities! Check out some videos and call for more info!