Iron Horse Farm is 282± acres in far western North Carolina nestled quietly in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Murphy, NC. This farm is a pastoral mountain retreat that boasts 100± acres of gently rolling grasslands, a feature not regularly found in this mountainous region. Currently, the property manages a small herd of cattle, but is used more for the owner’s equestrian interests. Just next to the main home at the neck of a hollow is a 1.5-acre clear mountain pond used regularly for refreshing summertime swims or fishing for stocked trout. Iron Horse is well improved and includes a 3,188± square foot owner’s home, ample equestrian improvements, and a caretaker’s home among other improvements. There is a great trail system throughout the forested portions of the farm, and you are situated near lots of outdoor recreational opportunities that include Hiwassee Lake and the Ocoee and Hiwassee Rivers. Located at elevations of 1,700 to 2,000 feet, the climate is very pleasant, and the farm offers some highly sought-after seasonal weather. Considered a picturesque Appalachian Mountain town, Murphy is only 30 minutes from the property.
Just the Facts
- 282± acre pastoral farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, 30 minutes from Murphy, NC
- Has 100± acres of open land, infrastructure and fencing for a proper equestrian and cattle operations
- 3,188± square foot owner’s home, ample equestrian improvements, and a caretaker’s home among other improvements
- Located at elevations of 1,700 to 2,000 feet
- Water resources include a 1.5-acre pond and a mountain creek which runs through the center of the property
- Well-managed trail system runs though the forested hills of farm
- Nearby outdoor recreational opportunities include Hiwassee Lake, Ocoee and Hiwassee Rivers
- Diversity of landscape and habitat promotes abundant white-tail deer and eastern turkey populations
- Near the Hiwassee River, which features fantastic trout fishing and whitewater rafting
Iron Horse Farm is a stunning property located in a very desirable climate of western North Carolina. In the Appalachian Mountains, it is very difficult to find or cultivate lush and fertile open lands - the terrain simply doesn’t allow for much of this. However, Iron Horse has it in abundance with 100± acres of pasturelands, which significantly expands an owner’s ability to use the property for a number of different interests. Also, I love the convenient access this property offers to venues such as Hiwassee Lake and the Hiwassee River.
Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, Iron Horse Farm is located near Hiwassee Lake just east of the North Carolina and Tennessee border and only 17 miles from Murphy, NC, a quaint mountain town located at the confluence of the Hiwassee and Valley Rivers. Murphy has a population of 2,000 and is a quaint yet rich township with an historic downtown filled with quality restaurants, shops, and galleries. The property is in the northwestern portion of Cherokee County, NC. Cherokee County is known as the “Gateway to the Smoky Mountains”.
Iron Horse Farm has convenient access to the following metropolitan areas:
- 30 minutes - Murphy, NC
- 2 hours - Chattanooga, TN
- 2 hours - Knoxville, TN
- 2.50 hours - Asheville, NC
- 2.75 hours - Atlanta, GA
Local Rivers: Rivers in and near Cherokee County include the Hiwassee River, Valley River, Nottely River, and the Ocoee River and Nantahala River Gorges. All rivers are popular for many outdoor activities that include white water rafting, kayaking, hiking, canoeing and camping. Within an hour’s drive, we have three delayed harvest streams with Nantahala being a Trout Unlimited Top 100 Stream. There is wild water in this area that is just waiting for a dry fly to be floated across it.
Hiwassee Lake: This 6,090-acre mountain lake is 22 miles long and has over 163 miles of shoreline of which 93 percent is not developed. It collects water from a 968 square mile watershed. With the exception of private development located near the dam, the U.S. Forest Service and TVA own the land around Hiwassee. It is an unspoiled lake that offers great boating and water recreation.
Appalachia Lake: Located a stone’s throw from Iron Horse, Appalachia Lake is a small deep, cool-water lake just below the Hiwassee Lake. Also pristine in nature, it offers another nearby water venue.
Iron Horse Farm has an elevation of 1,700 – 2,000 feet, which provides for very pleasant summertime weather. It offers an escape from the hot humid weather found in nearby southern metropolitan areas. This area of western North Carolina has four distinct seasons, and Murphy receives regular rainfall and afternoon showers keep the landscape lush and thriving. On average, the area receives 60 inches of rain and 4 inches of snow every year. This area is part of the Appalachian temperate rainforest known for a cooler and milder climate.
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
Iron Horse Farm totals 282± acres of which 100± acres are in well-maintained pastures.
Deeded Acres: 282±
Total Acres: 282±
Main House – 3,188± square feet:
Constructed in 1994, the main residence sits on a hill at the edge of the forest overlooking the pastureland. The house is a one-story home with three bedrooms, two baths, and a large bunkroom. It has an open floor plan with kitchen, dining area and living space plus a wooden deck with gorgeous views of the property. Underneath the house is a horse stable with five stalls, an office, tack room and large storage area.
Another separate horse stable is located next to the house. It contains five stalls, an office, and two wash bays.
A charming one story caretaker’s house is located just 200 yards inside the front gate. Built in 2003, the house has three bedrooms and two baths.
Guest House – 632± square feet:
Located near the eastern entrance to the property is a small guest house. Constructed in 1963, it is older and dated and has two bedrooms and one bath. It is great for some spillover or a place for the kids to hang out and feel some independence.
Equipment Shed & Barns:
There are a number of farm structures including equipment barns, shop, hay shed, and animal shelters to support management of the property.
Based upon recent years, the annual property taxes for Iron Horse are estimated at $8,546.
Within its boundaries, Iron Horse Farm is loaded with recreational activities, but it also offers a convenient platform for nearby access to all types of world-class outdoor recreation.
The farm itself features one of the nicest equestrian setups found in the mountains of western North Carolina. All of the equine infrastructure is in place with two horse barns, acres of rolling pastureland, paddocks and gorgeous four board fencing throughout plus an extensive trail system through the forested hills with great scenery.
Water on the property is abundant, which always makes a property more engaging. There is a small mountain creek that runs through the center of the property as well as a 1.5-acre clear mountain pond near the main house. The pond is used regularly for cookouts, summertime swims and fishing for stocked trout.
The diversity of the landscape and habitat at Iron Horse promote an abundant amount of wildlife and there are strong populations of game species such as whitetail deer and eastern turkeys.
The proximity to the Hiwassee River is one of the property’s highlights and provides an enormous source of aquatic recreation. The upper section of the Hiwassee, the part closest to Iron Horse, is the most popular section of the river, featuring an enjoyable whitewater rafting experience ranging from Class I and II rapids to the occasional Class III. Fisherman will migrate towards the middle of the river to wet a fly line in search of trout.
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