Rocky Branch

Jeff Davis County, Georgia516± ACRES

Uniquely Capitalized and Groomed to become one of the Finest Examples of a High-Quality Recreational Property in Southeast Georgia

Recently Sold
  • 516 +/- acre recreational property in Jeff Davis County, Georgia
  • 10 +/- acre stocked bass + bream pond with dock/cleaning station
    • Aerated, well pump water source, and automatic feeder for optimal conditions
    • Gorgeous waterfront views from main living space
    • Home to nesting geese and wood ducks
  • 4 BR/3 BA main house
    • Modernly appointed, yet relaxed with southern laidback living
    • Updated kitchen + appliances
    • Stone fireplace/hearth, custom shelving and bookcases, built in jewelry safe
    • Heated master bathroom flooring
    • Exceptional wood craftsmanship with hand selected pieces from the local sawmill:
    • Stunning wood beams
    • White Oak wood floors
    • Black Walnut wainscoting
    • Pecky Cypress ceilings/walls
    • Cedar lined closets
    • Pecan cabinetry and more
    • Adjoining two story workshop/mancave
    • Stunning landscaping complete with azaleas, dogwoods, brick pavers, and more
    • Spacious saltwater pool overlooking the pond
  • 3 BR/2 BA Guest House
  • Equipment shed and separate game cleaning station, with walk-in cooler and barn
  • Cooks’ shed with firepit for aftergame harvests
  • Dog kennel and runs with fresh well water source
  • Quail flight pen and small, fenced pasture
  • Wobble trap skeet station with two stands and 200-yard riffle range
  • Rolling topography, native longleaf, great wiregrass habitat for quail hunting
  • Nearly 150 acres of Slash Pine planted in 93’
  • Great turkey and deer hunting
  • 8 +/- acre natural duck hunting pond/slough
  • 9 +/- acre dove field with mock power lines
  • 2,000 feet of paved drive out to the main highway
  • Less than 30 miles to Vidalia, Georgia for shopping and dining, and two-hours from historic Savannah, Georgia

The Wall Street Journal Named Rocky Branch House of the Day!

Rocky Branch is a 516 +/- acre “Georgia Class” gentleman’s property that has all of the benefits one would expect of a South Georgia quail plantation, but without the cost. This property has been uniquely capitalized and groomed to become one of the finest examples of a high-quality recreational property in Southeast Georgia. For the last 50 years, Rocky Branch, has been owned and utilized as a private entertainment venue by two owners of one of the most prolific hardwood sawmills in the South. As a role model stewardship property, VIP’s and landowners from around the world have enjoyed the best that Georgia has to offer in the way of outdoor entertainment, recreation, forestry, and Georgia culture. The property has a beautiful 10-acre lake, rolling topography, duck pond, dove field, creeks, beautiful pine woods, great deer and turkey, quail, and a great, custom home.

“In my career I see a lot of lakes...beautiful lakes. I love lakes. I noticed something was different about this lake. It’s mesmerizing. I watched others and how they interacted with it. I noticed a lot of staring at the lake over the two days we shot the video. The owner always stared at it and he gets to see it every day. Everyone’s eyes were constantly drawn toward it seemingly all the time. I would talk to others but find myself staring at the lake and not looking at them. I actually had to tell the photographer and videographer to stop taking pictures of it! It took me days but think I figured it out. This lake is always moving. Not the water itself, but the wildlife and the colors. The way the lake is shaped and the trees and topography and colors surrounding it seem to “move” with the shifting sun and cloud cover. The way this lake holds and reflects light is very unique. I don’t think I have experienced anything quite like it.” – Jon Kohler

One of the benefits of the properties size and ownership is that there is almost no deferred maintenance and everything that can be done, has been done on this property. The thought that has gone into developing this property as a recreational showcase is humbling. The details throughout show a respect and admiration for Georgia’s natural heritage. The landowners are one of the South’s leading timber families. As such, the forests, their quality management, and the vast amount of timber found is beyond impressive. At one time there were 93 million acres of native Longleaf and wiregrass habitat. Today, only three percent of this habitat is left. We are proud to say, Rocky Branch stands as one of SE Georgia’s last best remaining examples, and is even designated as a "Forest Stewardship" property by the Georgia Forestry Commission. Interestingly, Georgia leads the nation in producing high quality southern Yellow Pine saw timber, and uncoincidentally, both landowners are regarded as national leaders in timber production over the last half century. This property in particular has been extensively well managed. One is not going to find a better example of how high-quality saw timber should be grown along with recreation and aesthetics than one will find here.

“I see more of the best land than probably anyone ever has and know what it takes to get there. I can testify as to how much mental energy, old fashioned love and hard-earned capital went into Rocky Branch, not only by the current landowner, but also by the generational family landowners that came before. What has taken place over the last 50 years here is a textbook example of great land stewardship taken to the next level.” – Jon Kohler

Rocky Branch features a beautiful 10-acre stocked bass and bream pond with dock/cleaning station; it has an aerated, well pump water source, and automatic feeder for optimal conditions. The property has a three +/- acre natural duck hunting pond/slough, and great deer, turkey and quail hunting. There is also nine +/- acre dove field with mock power lines.

“One of the first things we noticed was the great topography. I think all of us, at the same time, said “wow, we had no idea.” – Jon Kohler

Overlooking stunning views of the lake, is a 3,798 square foot, four-bedroom, three-bath main house. The home is modernly appointed, yet relaxed, with southern laidback living. It has an updated kitchen, stone fireplace/hearth, custom shelving, heated master bathroom flooring, built in jewelry safe, and more.  The home has exceptional wood craftsmanship with hand selected pieces from the local sawmill, for example, stunning wood beams, White Oak wood floors, Black Walnut wainscoting, Pecky Cypress ceilings/walls, Cedar lined closets, Pecan cabinetry, and more. There is a spacious saltwater pool overlooking the lake with stunning landscaping complete with azaleas, dogwoods, brick pavers, and more. Adjoining to the main house is a two-story workshop/man-cave. Rocky Branch is such a magnificent home, that it was even named "House of the Day" by The Wall Street Journal, garnering national awareness and acclaim.

“I was just blown away while touring this home. You can see the pride of ownership taken in making this house a true generational treasure by all the hand-selected trees that were milled by the family while in the lumber business and placed throughout the house. The lakeside setting, with the petrified limestone rock outcroppings, is truly unique and beautiful; combined with pool and landscaping make a special place to relax and enjoy with family and friends. The attention to detail can be seen as you tour the property as well, with decades of managing the longleaf wire grass ecosystem with controlled burning, to the mama wood duck flying out of the wood duck nesting boxes. No stone has been left unturned for the wildlife at Rocky Branch.” – Walter Hatchett

Other improvements on the property include a three-bedroom, two-bath guest house. There is a dog kennel and runs with fresh water well source, and a small, fenced pasture and a quail flight pen. There is a wobble trap skeet station with two stands and also a 200-yard rifle range. There is also an equipment shed, a separate game cleaning station, with walk-in cooler and barn, and a cooks’ shed with firepit for aftergame harvests.

“Erica and I have just gone through the building experience ourselves, as have many of our clients. 2020 has morphed into 2021 and the process of building still hasn’t improved. I have no doubt that it would take at least two years to duplicate this home, if constructing from scratch. I shudder to think of the cost overruns, the now astronomical cost of lumber, and the headaches involved with a new build. With gorgeous, custom, hand-selected woods intricately woven throughout, this home is truly a treasure.” –Jon Kohler

The local area is close to great southern towns like Vidalia and Savannah. Hazlehurst has its own small, town, easy going charm and touts a fantastic jet airport, old time country store (with a great selection of hand-cut meats), a fanciful café eatery, a mouthwatering steakhouse and, for history buffs, the local Jeff Davis County Museum. For nature enthusiasts, abundant walking, nature trails and birding are found locally along the famed Altamaha River, the 14,000-acre Bullard Creek Management Area and the Towns Bluff Park & Heritage Center. Less than 30 miles away, Vidalia is known for its “flavor” (and we’re not just talking about the town’s namesake sweet onions), as the town is home to fantastic dining, shopping, art and history. A quick two-hour drive from the “Hostess City of the South” – Savannah offers endless exploration – from manicured parks and antebellum architecture to ghastly tales, rich history, and trendy boutiques.

“The local towns are all very conservative and typical of the good hard-working people. Vidalia is probably the best known. Savannah and Macon are about equal distance and offer about every service one would want.” – Jon Kohler

We developed this specialty niche of representing unique, high quality, recreational properties and for 30 years have covered the deep South in search of them. When we received a call from Steve and Phyllis Johnson to come see a property that has been in their family for two generations, and they described how they managed it and what they built you can imagine our excitement. We had no idea a property of this caliber existed here. What we discovered is one of the most impressive 500-acre properties in SE Georgia. Welcome to Rocky Branch...

This is a unique, does everything, checks all the boxes type of property that’s so very hard to find.

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