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  • 1,200 +/- acre high-fenced-game property in Elbert County, Georgia, located just 40 miles from downtown Athens, Georgia
  • Great recreational and income-producing property
  • Managed for high quality deer (160 class BC taken), turkey, quail, & dove
  • 4,012 sf furnished lodge with 7BR/7BA, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, vaulted ceilings in great room/dining/kitchen areas; built in 2009.
  • Approx. 60 acres of food plots
  • Numerous high quality condo stands
  • Just 3.5 miles to 2,500-acre Richard B. Russell State Park, located on 25,000-acre Lake Russell, which offers great fishing opportunities, and an 18-hole golf course
  • 1.8 miles of frontage on Ruckersville Road
  • 1.6 miles of Vans Creek flows through the property
  • Good roads throughout with beautiful rolling topography
  • $840 per acre timber value per 2015 timber cruise
  • Substantial rental income potential from golfers lodging at the Arrowhead Lodge
  • Timber income estimated to be $278,900 over the next year, $861,980 over the next 10 years
  • Currently sells approx. 15 deer hunts per year to the same group of returning hunters at $3,500 per hunter, approximately $49,000 total
  • 2014 taxes - $12,391.16


Walter Hatchett

Walter Hatchett

Mobile: 850-508-4564

Vans Creek / Arrowhead Lodge

Exceptional Income Opportunities for a Recreational/Investment Buyer


Vans Creek is a 1,200 +/- acre high-fenced preserve, an exceptional hunting property located approximately 40 miles northeast of Athens, Georgia, and located within minutes of Richard B. Russell State Park, which has a golf course and 25,000-acre lake. The entire property is high-fenced, which is an excellent management tool for the age-structure of the whitetail deer herd (exceptional quality). It has 1.6 miles of Vans Creek that flows through the middle of the property, approximately 60 acres of food plots, and numerous condo stands.


The property is managed for high quality deer, turkey, quail, and dove. Vans Creek has several income possibilities; rental of the 4,012 square foot lodge, plus timber income, paid deer hunts. The current owners book approximately 14-15 hunts per year. Vans Creek is a great investment for a recreational-investment buyer in today's market. The current owners have in the past planted hundreds of wildlife-beneficial plums, pears, and crabapples that are flourishing.

Properties of this size that are this close to Athens, Georgia are rare and considerably higher-priced, making Vans Creek an exceptional buy. Vans Creek is under a conservation easement with the State of Georgia, but the property may still be divided into five separate tracts with a buildable home site on each separate tract. Timber, farming, hunting, and recreational opportunities are still allowed.


Vans Creek is located near many other recreational opportunities. It is located just 3.5 miles to the 2,500-acre Richard B. Russell State Park, located on 25,000-acre Lake Russell. Also, just 3.5 miles away is Arrowhead Pointe and an 18-hole golf course rated by Golf Magazine in 2005 as the No. 2, second best, new affordable public course in America, with federally-protected shoreline. This makes for beautiful surroundings while enjoying a day of golf. Also, Lake Russell has great bass fishing and recreational opportunities, including a swimming/beach area located on lake. Vans Creek is located just 40 miles from downtown Athens, Georgia which offers great shopping and restaurants.

There are several income opportunities at Vans Creek. Vans Creek has profitable rental income possibilities from golfers lodging at the Arrowhead Lodge, which current owners receive $110 per night per room with a minimum of 4 guests. The golf pro employed at Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course indicated he could refer golfers and guests for 50 nights per year, minimum of 4 guests per night, which would bring in approximately $38,500. It is believed, with a small amount of advertising, that amount could possibly be doubled. Also, the current owners book approximately 14-15 hunts per year with continual three to four groups returning year after year for an additional $49,000 per year. Per the 2015 timber cruise, there is $840 per acre timber value. Timber income is estimated to be $274,000 over the next year, $861,980 over the next 10 years, per registered forester who performed recent timber cruise. A full timber cruise and a 25-year cash flow timber projection is available upon request. With the above timber income estimates, rental income of $38,500 per year, hunting income of $49,000 per year, a potential gross income of $1,837,000 is possible over the next ten years.

Agent Comment:
"Having a total of 1,200 acres high-fenced provides an exceptional wildlife management tool for age structure producing high quality 160 BC whitetails. You would never know you are hunting in a high-fenced-game area. These deer are truly wild Georgia bucks; the current owners, in obtaining trail photos of deer, will routinely view a buck never before photographed or seen. Going into its ninth year, the quality of bucks continue to improve annually. Current owners have owned property for approximately nine years. The quality of the deer and other game has increased substantially over the last couple of years."
-Walter Hatchett


AVAILABLE Now Available - $2,865,000

Includes 7BR/7BA Furnished Lodge, 6.6 miles of Game Fence, and Numerous Hunting Condos