A few years ago, I got a screaming deal on some land about 50 miles outside the city. I had been looking at bare land for this opportunity for some time. I found a piece of land on Craigslist that was undeveloped. This piece was 8 acres of hilly woods. It had been logged off 25 years before and has since regrown in Vine Maple, with some Birch trees and a few Cedars. There are at least two creeks, one of which runs year-round. I have been told that there is an artesian spring where water wells out of the ground by itself, but I haven't been able to find it yet.
It's interesting the things you find out about a piece of dirt after you buy it, by talking with locals. When they were first logging the old growth timber off this land in the 1930s, they powered some of the machinery with coal. It turns out that I have two very small coal mines on my land somewhere. It's thickly wooded, so I haven't found them yet! Still a lot of exploring to do.
This piece of land is heavily wooded and you can't see another house from anywhere on the property. One of the bordering properties is an 80 acre plot of tree farm. The rest are 5 to 10 acre plots that are privately owned. I am near the dead end of what used to be a gravel logging road.
My property is oddly shaped, and it is split down the middle with a steep canyon and a deep creek in the middle. So getting to the "far side" is a difficult task and I have only been across the creek a few times... once to scout out the opposite side and find a survey marker. Need to build trails and a bridge.