Just five miles southeast of Taylorsville, NC, – the place United Country Real Estate | Big6 Properties calls home – you’ll find Hiddenite. It’s a small area best known as the source of the largest emerald ever found in North America.
Not only is that emerald on display in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, but today Hiddenite’s Emerald Hollow Mine is a popular tourist destination where the public can actually “dig” to search for their own rare gemstones.
In their own right, Taylorsville and Alexander County could also be described as gems. Set within the foothills of the Brushy Mountains (and Blue Ridge Mountains), blanketed by apple trees, muscadines, farmland and forest, this is a part of North Carolina marked by natural beauty and country charm.
Agriculture and Country Living in Anderson County
Founded in 1847, Taylorsville is the definitive American small town — the one you see in movies, a friendly close-knit community with local festivals and town pride.
However, the township is unique in that also has access to the amenities of larger cities, including several banks, schools and health facilities. And it’s just a short drive from major interstates (52 miles to Charlotte, NC) and three airports.
Alexander County is definitely big on agricultural production, and has some of the state’s top poultry, cattle and dairy farms, and apple orchards … among several other commodities. There are quite a few country homes, as well as farms and land for sale throughout the county.
Lake Life in the Western Piedmont Region
Alexander County is part of what locals call the “Unifour,” four neighboring counties that also include Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties (otherwise known as the Hickory–Lenoir–Morganton Metro area).
As locations within North Carolina’s western Piedmont region, Catawba and Alexander are home to numerous lakes, including the popular Lake Hickory and Lake Norman — great destinations for fishing, boating, water skiing and swimming.
Travel 30 minutes north of Taylorsville to Wilkesboro and you’ll find the W. Kerr Scott Reservoir, a fantastic place for water recreation, picnicking and wildlife viewing. As you might imagine, lake homes and lots, riverfront houses, fishing properties, and related waterfront real estate are common in the region.
Outdoor Recreation in the Eastern Mountain Region
Those who prefer their activities on dry land flock to Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area, which has hundreds of acres for rock climbing, hiking and camping. There’s also Brushy Mountain Motor Sports Park — offering 100 miles of trails for dirt bike riders.
But if you really want to experience the best outdoor recreation, check out Burke and Caldwell Counties. On the eastern end of the aptly-named Mountain region, these counties are famous for breathtaking state parks and the Pisgah National Forest. The latter – with its cascading waterfalls, whitewater rivers and miles of trails – is a dream spot for biking, horseback riding, tubing and countless other adventures.
Celebrated for its scenic beauty, the Blue Ridge Parkway runs almost 500 miles through Virginia and North Carolina (and across Burke’s northwest corner). Given the region’s draw, it’s no wonder there are so many mountain homes, cabins, off-grid hunting properties with wooded acreage, and other high country real estate for sale here.
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Whether you’re looking to purchase or sell a country estate, lake house, small farm, agricultural business, hunting lodge, vacant timberland for recreation, or anything similar … we’re here to meet your needs. Connect with us today.