A Super Combination of Timber, Water,
Recreation, and Agriculture
Hightower Farms is a great gentleman's farm conveniently located just north of the Florida line, in the big buck area between Tallahassee and Bainbridge, Georgia. It has been in the same family for three generations and is the best portion of the once 1500-acre ranch. This is the first time it has been on the market in nearly 70 years.
Mr. Hightower ran a successful cattle operation for decades then transitioned in the 1980's into an intensive conversion to high quality timber. This is now one of the highest stocked stands of timber we've seen in recent memory.
The 11-acre pond includes largemouth bass and bluegill so large they look more like angel-fish from the gulf. It is a testament to the quality of the water, soils, and fisheries management program at Hightower Farms. Only found on the nicest of properties, there is a back up well to the pond with an automatic float switch that is rarely, if ever, needed.
Hightower Farms is stocked with timber and it was apparent this success was because of a trifecta of good soils, a great landowner, and the timber management by Keith Finlayson. A quick glance at the health of the trees, the stems per acre, the few limbs, and the height of the trees shows the high quality of this stand. While we don't have a cruise the Land Type map illustrates the amount and age of the timber. Approximately 25% of the property is in 22 year old pines, 28% is in 18-year-old pines, and the balance of the property is a diverse mix with hardwoods, ag-fields, game plots, the pond, and clear sandy creeks. On the southern property line, there are some hills with such steep topography you wouldn't believe you are still in southwest Georgia. A 4,000-acre plantation borders Hightower.
"This property is exceptionally well-stocked with timber, its success due to a trifecta of good soils, great landowners, and superior timber management. It is not uncommon to see 150-class bucks here and you wouldn't believe the size of the bluegill in the pond – they looked like angelfish in the Gulf! The seller has priced this property right where we recommended for a fast sale."
The landscape diversity makes for tremendous game flow and there is a great deer herd. Bucks at a B&C of 150 have been seen, and it's common to shoot bucks at 130 or 140.
The camp house was just recently built (one of the owners is a general contractor) and sits on a hill that overlooks old pines and the pond. There is an open living area and kitchen on the first floor and a large bunk room upstairs. It is essentially one-and-a-half stories and the architecture is more-or-less a Georgia Cracker cabin with the front porch, board-and-batten, and cypress details.
– From Erica Hanway:
"This property is fun and an easy drive from Tallahassee, just north of Havana. I'd love to own it and enjoy the recreation with my family, while knowing my money is in a good, tangible investment. The camp house is new and cozy and has a front porch that overlooks the hillside to the pond. My favorite spot on the property is along the high banks of the clear sandy creeks."
There are several areas already fenced for cattle. Additional improvements include a good road system, culverts over the creeks, a dock, and equipment barn. The options for a new owner abound, with great recreation and wildlife, silviculture, ag-conversion, or cattle opportunities. Hightower Farms is well-stocked for wealth preservation, and has been priced by a pragmatic seller.