Back Valley Farm is an idyllic property tucked away in the picturesque foothills of Lookout Mountain. Situated in northwest Georgia, Back Valley Farm is only half an hour south of Chattanooga, TN which boasts itself as the “Scenic City.” Back Valley Farm offers the wonderful combination of both the convenience to city amenities and the tranquility of the countryside. For those looking for a relaxing locale surrounded by breathtaking scenery, we hope you to take the time to learn more by visiting www.backvalleyfarm.com.
Back Valley Farm is situated in the northwestern corner of Georgia and at the base of Lookout Mountain. It is here where the landscape transitions from the Appalachian Mountains to the Valley and Ridge region of Georgia, giving Back Valley Farm a spectacular mountain backdrop. The property is located only 25 minutes from downtown Chattanooga, TN. This offers Back Valley Farm’s owners the convenience to all of Chattanooga’s amenities, as Chattanooga has become one of America’s most dynamic middle-size cities.
With an address of Chickamauga, GA, the property is located about 15 minutes to the southwest of this small town. Steeped in history, Chickamauga has always made an aggressive stand to stay local and friendly while fighting the commercial pressures that have gobbled up so many small towns. Referred to by many as “Mayberry,” Chickamauga’s mission statement is “Focusing on Quality Growth, Preservation, and Community Values.” This town oozes reflections of the old days and a simpler way of life.
Driving from Atlanta takes 1 hour 45 minutes and Birmingham is 2 hours away.
A very unique feature of Back Valley Farm is how well the property is located to so many other interesting venues. The surrounding recreational opportunities are endless and convenient, allowing for the property to act much bigger than its 262 acres. Here are just a few of the nearby property’s one can enjoy:
Cloudland Canyon State Park: Located on the western edge of Lookout Mountain, this is one of the most scenic parks in the state of Georgia, offering rugged geology and beautiful vistas. The park straddles a deep gorge cut into the mountain by Sitton’s Gulch Creek, and elevation differs from 800 to 1,980 feet. A day hiking, picnicking, and sightseeing makes for a wonderful time. Back Valley Farm is only 8 miles or 10 minutes from this 3,500-acre state park.
Crockford Pigeon Mountain WMA: This 15,500-acre wildlife management area offers an abundant list of activities for one to pursue. Miles and miles of trails offer endless opportunities to horseback ride, mountain bike, and hike. Pigeon Mountain has many limestone formations, which have become a destination among elite rock climbers. Other activities include hunting, fishing, spelunking, and camping. Back Valley Farm is only 10 minutes from this plethora of recreational opportunities. Owning Back Valley Farm makes access to this enormous tract of land very convenient.
Chickamauga Battlefield: For history buffs, the Chickamauga Battlefield is the scene of a major battle during the Civil War. The 5,500-acre battlefield contains numerous monuments, historical tablets, and wayside exhibits. However, you don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy this national park, as a great network of trails allows for horseback riding, biking, and hiking. The park is also loaded with great picnic spots. It is truly a great spot to enjoy a relaxing, sunny day outside. Back Valley Farm is only 20 minutes from the Chickamauga Battlefield.
Lula Lake Land Trust: Having protected over 4,000 acres on top of Lookout Mountain, the Lula Lake Land Trust has guaranteed these abundant resources will benefit both current and future generations, making it a shining example of the benefits of conservation. Many opportunities to horseback ride, mountain bike, hike, picnic, and just simply enjoy the outdoors are available on the Land Trust. Check out its Cloudland Canyon State Park connector trail! Back Valley Farm is only 15 minutes from the Lula Lake Land Trust.
To the west, Back Valley Farm is surrounded by Lookout Mountain with part of the property lying on the side of the mountain. Headed east as you sweep down the mountain, the property transitions into a gorgeous and gently rolling valley that is largely comprised of open pastures and tillable fields. The property is shaped resembling a piece of pie, as it is narrower to the east and broadens as you head west. The property fronts Back Valley Road and has a long meandering driveway that takes you to the main house, which is located on top of a hill in a central and private part of the property. The main house offers nice views of the valley and mountain. Just down the hill from the main house, there is a small one-acre pond that serves as a great fishing or swimming hole. The barn is located only a couple hundred yards to the east of the main house and allows for one to conveniently take care of their livestock. Miles of well-maintained trails traverse the woods providing great access and use of the property for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and ATVs. The property has a few wet-weather springs and one spring that bubbles out of the mountain nearly year round. At times, this spring produces a rather significant waterfall. The property is very private and is surrounded by good neighbors. The condition of the property is excellent, as the current owner has maintained it impeccably.
Of the 262± acres, approximately 60 acres is in open fields and pastures. The remaining acreage is in mature hardwood forests.
Main Residence: The 3,000 square foot restored 2-level home has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a great room, den, kitchen, and laundry/pantry. There are front and rear covered porches, heart pine floors, high ceilings, and 4 wood-burning fireplaces. The house is located well off the main road and is accessible only through an automated gate. Great views surround the main residence. This turn-of-the-century home has an enormous amount of character while having been updated to provide modern day amenities.
Stable: A 3,200 square foot horse barn has 7 stalls. Having been a working horse farm in the past, this facility is conveniently set up for horses. The barn is equipped with fans in the stalls, and great lighting with several outlets. Originally a tobacco barn converted to a stable, it has plenty of character with a high ceiling and beams stretching across from which tobacco leaves used to hang.
Utility Building (Mud/Hunt Room): This 1,000 square foot building serves many purposes. It is much more than your common utility shed. This building has a main room with kitchenette, an unfinished bunkroom, a bathroom, and workshop. It is a great place to convene prior to or after a horseback ride, hike, hunt, or any other farm activity! A very useful facility.
Mule Barn: This 1,300 square foot turn-of-the-century mule barn does not lack history, and simply looking at it makes one wonder about the times in which it was built. The timbers used to construct this barn are old growth. This valuable material could be reclaimed and manufactured into antique flooring or other wood profiles.
Equipment Shed & Shop: A 1,400 square foot enclosed shop and equipment shed is very handy in assisting in the maintenance of the property.
Caretaker’s Quarters: There is a mobile home which can serve as a caretaker’s residence. This sits on a secluded part of the property and is accessed through its own driveway.
Lying within the United States’ humid subtropical zone, the area offers a mild, pleasant climate and 4 distinct seasons. Spring arrives in March with mild days and cool nights, and by late May, temperatures have warmed up considerably to herald warm summer days. On average, July is the warmest month of the year. The summer months tend to receive more precipitation than other times of the year, and the area has an average annual rainfall of 53 inches. Fall is marked by mild to warm days and cooler nights. Winter is usually mild, with the coldest days featuring lows near or slightly above freezing and highs in the upper 40s to mid 50s. Snow occurs sporadically, with an average annual accumulation of approximately 5 inches.
For only 262 acres, Back Valley Farm offers an abundance of opportunity to recreate, and the property accommodates a variety of interests from horseback riding to hunting to fishing to hiking to mountain biking and the list goes on.
Back Valley Farm is the perfect property for an equestrian. Once a working horse farm, this property is set up and extremely functional for a horse lover. The property is impressively fenced and cross fenced by well built and maintained wooden 3-rail fencing and galvanized steel T-posts with 6 inch 11fa fencing. With 60 acres of well-maintained fields, there is plenty of room to let your four-legged friends graze. On the property, there are miles of private riding trails and you are in close proximity to an endless number of public trails that seem to go on forever.
In addition, the property has an impressive amount of wildlife. Deer and turkey are abundant and successful trips to the woods are frequent. Five food plots ranging in size from several acres to half an acre are planted in clover, wheat and oats to benefit the wildlife. The property has a great mix of open space and mature hardwood forests, creating the edge that wildlife love. Typically, the owner plants a sunflower field for dove hunting and his efforts in this regard have yielded many great dove shoots. In summary, Back Valley Farm is a great place to enjoy a day afield with family and friends.
Located next to the main house, a one-acre pond provides a great stocked fishing spot and a refreshing summertime swimming hole. This pond is fed by the mountain spring.
The property is truly gorgeous. Located in an area of Georgia where the transition from mountain to valley occurs, Back Valley Farm offers a magnificent setting. The property is very private and pristine, which only adds to its comfort and feel.
The annual property taxes for Back Valley Farm are approximately $4,364.
Back Valley Farm is covered by a conservation easement held by the Georgia Land Trust. The purpose of the easement is to protect wildlife habitat, open space, and scenic values, while allowing for continued residential, agricultural, timber, and recreational uses. A conservation easement provides the benefit of a reduction in land costs, protects the property for future generations, and allows the owner to retain many land uses and private property rights. Copies of the easements and more details are available from the Broker upon request.
Though only 262 acres, Back Valley Farm offers much more than its size suggests. Back Valley Farm is a unique opportunity to own a farm in northwest Georgia that offers an incredible setting, convenience to many local venues, and lots of recreation and functionality. More on the property can be seen by visiting www.backvalleyfarm.com.
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