10.28 ACRES - $265,000
Enjoy the magnificent 10-mile southward views from the second highest point in Orange County! Over 10 acres of old hardwoods and rich soil on the southern slope of Pickards Mountain. Adjoins almost 500 acres of conservation lands, including adjacent land of 6.56-acres available for 100 year lease and opportunity to be part owner/user of adjacent 200 acres! Good solar building site at apex. Walk to the Keith Arboretum, Maple View Farms, the Pickard’s Eco Institute and the Honeysuckle Tea House.
The Pickard’s Peak tract is at the apex of one of Orange County’s Natural Heritage Areas. (A Natural Heritage Area is an area that is formally recognized by the State of North Carolina for containing a high quality, uncommon collection of plants and animals. Pickards’s Peak consists of 11 acres at the very top of this 500 acre forest.
This is one of the more scenic knobs located within the rural buffer due to its high visibility from several nearby roads. The flat summit of Pickards Mountain and the upper slopes support a chestnut oak forest covering at least 150 acres. This forest is also surprisingly mature, with stems averaging approximately a foot in diameter; one excellent specimen measured three feet. Along with the dominant chestnut oak, other canopy trees are white oak, black oak, scarlet oak, post oak, blackjack oak, southern red oak, and pignut hickory. Sourwood and red maple are prominent in the understory, with scattered red cedar. Some of the herbs that indicate the dryness of the site are goat’s rue, veined hawkweed, and reindeer lichen. Particularly noteworthy, the shrub layer in this forest is composed of dense thickets of heaths, quite comparable to similar communities found on the summit of Occoneechee Mountain, although lacking some of the species of the montane chestnut oak community, such as mountain laurel, galax, and bracken fern.