The 7,456-acre Cason Callaway Woodland Estate is being offered for purchase for the first time ever by the Callaway family.
Located in Harris County, Georgia, the property was assembled by Cason Callaway, founder of nearby Callaway Gardens. In fact, this property was once part of his 40,000-acre estate, which included Callaway Gardens. Like the Gardens, this property reflects many of Cason's innovative and conservation-minded philosophies.
However, unlike the Gardens, this property is an untamed wilderness surrounded by well-managed neighboring properties that total 33,000 acres. With no buildings, the Cason Callaway Woodland Estate is a blank canvas, which provides an opportunity to own your own private “national forest”. In fact, over 6,000 acres of adjacent lands are under conservation easements and another 7,000 acres are in a State Park, ensuring this property will remain in a park-like neighborhood.
The property has diverse ecology. Located just north of the Fall Line in the southern Piedmont, the rocky-bottomed Mountain Creek flows through the property for 4.7 miles creating beautiful bottomland hardwood forest. In contrast, the ridges of Pine Mountain form the south boundary where stands of montane longleaf pine can still be found, and where the Callaway family first discovered the rare plumleaf azalea.
A Certified Wildlife Biologist, directing habitat creation and setting harvest guidelines, oversees this incredible free-range whitetail deer hunting property. There are 120 acres of actively managed wildlife food plots and the results of annual game camera surveys are available. Bucks younger than 4-1/2 years are reserved and hunters regularly take 150-class plus deer. In fact, two deer are registered in Boone and Crockett. Importantly, the effects of good management are amplified because the surrounding 33,000 acres also have freerange herds and similar harvest restrictions. This is truly a unique whitetail hunting experience.
A 38-acre lake built by Cason has unique and innovative water control devices that limit sediment-laden water from flowing into the lake and prevent excessive water from flowing out of the lake. These features are so unusual it was featured in a 1940 Outdoor Georgia magazine article. The lake is professionally managed and stocked.
Access to the property is unusually perfect. With property frontage on two paved public roads, use of all internal roads is exclusive to the owners No adjoining owners use any of the 57 mile long network of interior roads, many which feature stone culverts, stone-lined drains and stone bridge foundations.
The Cason Callaway Woodland Estate is conveniently located only 6 miles from a local airport with a 5,000' runway. Additionally, the property is only about an hour drive south of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
The property has almost $10 million in timber value as estimated by a March 2016 timber cruise. The cruise shows that timber volume (tons) is predominantly hardwood species (53%) as opposed to conifer species, and about 72% of the acres are in stands of natural origin as opposed to planted origin. Complete cruise details and February 2016 leaf-off color aerial photography are available.
Significant additional property data is also available. In our 37 years of marketing rural land, we have never seen a more comprehensive and detailed collection of property data. ArcGIS shape files are available for forest types, soils, geology, hydrology, archaeology surveys, historic house locations, and grave locations - just to name a few. The family even has 100-year-old government maps of the property.
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