Hayden Outdoors proudly presents one of the most unique offerings in the coastal region of eastern North Carolina! Hog Island Plantation, a 950 +- acre private island, is a recreational haven in New Bern, NC. This property has a rich history for the area and includes a turnkey, off-grid residence with opportunities to hunt multiple species of game including ducks, deer, turkeys, bear and fishing year round. Schedule your qualified tour today! Land This 950 +/- acre parcel, known as Hog Island, dates back to late 1700s when it was a land grant from the King of England! It has a rich history of many uses including being a part of the first ferry system in North Carolina. It was a haven for moonshiners, has a documented history of being a working farm as well as claims of being a home to giant alligators and water moccasins. Today, this property is an amazing display of what nature has intended in this part of the state. It is home to multiple species of game that travel unwary of any human pressure. There have been bear, deer and turkeys seen on this property as well as its rich history of duck hunting in the hidden waters between Hog Island and Blaire’s Island on the south side. Because this parcel is so special, the current owners enrolled it into a conservation easement program with Ducks Unlimited to maintain its magnificent beauty and to be great stewards of the land. The easement allows for some flexibility in new construction of additional dwellings and the placement on the island. Copies of the easement for review can be provided to qualified buyers. The island is an amazing display of coastal Carolina flora and fauna. It’s elevation change is minimal and may have a peak of 30 +/- feet above sea level. The high ground on the island is littered with large pine trees and scattered hardwoods. The intermittent marshland in between the high spots are dominated by huge cypress and gum trees with marshland grasses dominating the outer fringes of the barriers. The tour around the island offers a stunning view of these large trees and stunning grasses. Improvements The improvements on this property are remarkable! Situated between the banks of the Neuse River is a residence that was constructed in 1998. The home features a grand screened porch overlooking the private boat dock on the Neuse River which is a perfect place to watch the fish jump and enjoy the serenity of the peaceful setting. Once inside this remarkable home one will find the walls and ceilings finished with rare white juniper in an open floor plan format. This home includes multiple bedrooms and all the amenities of a modern dwelling including a refrigerator, oven, gas range, gas on-demand water heater, satellite TV and a wood burning stove for heat. The strategic placement of this home allows the flow from the predominate wind through the house most of the year. This home is truly an off-grid dwelling and includes a 5 KW solar panel system equipped with recently updated lithium batteries and a powerful inverter to keep things going in the house. There is a permitted well that provides water to the house and the outbuilding. The property also includes a large shed that houses the side-by-side and a covered area for the tractor. Recreation The current owners have enjoyed this property for all of its magnificent draw for family, friends, and of course, the wildlife. They have hunted and harvested many deer, ducks and turkeys over the years. Enjoying special moments with family such as a first deer harvest, learning to operate equipment, learning about the woods and nature in a private and serene setting all within 10 minutes of a boat landing. This property has the perfect combination of access to remote and untouched areas that provide excellent opportunities to bag your own trophy. The Island has many high ground areas that are great opportunities to further develop for enhanced chances to see and harvest trophy game. There is a very accessible plot called “ Turkey Ridge” where there is a permanent deer stand and room to cultivate a huge food plot. There have been many years where the team has established duck blinds on the southern point of Blair’s Island and have had great success! This point is at the end of some fairly secluded waters that are a haven for many species of ducks in the winter. This property is an oasis of opportunity for a group that may want to establish additional areas to hunt. There are multiple places where additional food plots and stands could be placed throughout the island. It is a true wilderness to be explored and appreciated. Region & Climate Hog Island is located in the great town of New Bern, NC. New Bern is located at the confluence of the Neuse and the Trent rivers near the headwaters of Pamlico Sound on the coast of NC. New Bern was settled in 1710 by the Swiss. It is the second oldest city in the state after Bath, NC. It served as the Capital of NC from 1770 to 1792 and became known as the “Athens of The South” with the development of its rich cultural life after the American revolution. New Bern thrived from its trade routes to the Caribbean and New England in the late 1800s. In addition, New Bern became the largest lumber centers in all of the South. Since those times New Bern has experienced dramatic population growth but still remains a small but energetic and quaint town. The last census from 2020 shows a population of over 30,000. The area lies in the Atlantic coastal plain and experiences a typical humid subtropical climate. Summers are hot and humid with frequent afternoon thunderstorms brings a total precipitation average of 53 inches a year. On average the Winters are milder and drier than the remainder of the year, with infrequent snowfall. History Hog Island has a profound history in the region. The island has been a part of many regional firsts and an integral part of the region’s history. It was part of the first ferry system in eastern NC. One can still see the pylons under the water on old maps and aerial photos. The owners described what was known as a ferry boat depot building that once stood on the Neuse river side of the island. There are also old newspaper articles that describe the large alligator population on the island. The articles describe loud bellows at night that were a nuisance to the city dwellers and plans to reduce the numbers of alligators with an open hunting season. I have another article that speaks of a water moccasin that was taken from the shores of the island with a catfish 14 inches long and four and half inches wide in the snake’s stomach. One of the best depictions of the island is the article by Lela Barrow “Trip To Hog Island” and visiting the Brewer family. It mentions the Big 2 story farmhouse with nice barns, stock houses: horses, mules, cattle, hogs, chickens. It describes big gardens and multiple groves on the farm. This description best suits this offering and how an owner would feel being so secluded, but close to town. Location Hog Island Plantation is located only 18 minutes via boat from the Union Point Boat Ramp in New Bern, NC. This Island can also be accessed by a small boat, weather permitting, SeaPlane or Helicopter with ease. The Island is situated between the banks of the Neuse river right about the point where the river widens. New Bern, NC is the birthplace of Pepsi and has a thriving downtown with numerous dining opportunities within a 10 minute walk from the Union Point Boat Ramp. The closest airport is Coastal Carolina Regional Airport; it is only 3 miles from the central business district of New Bern. Raleigh Durham ( RDU) is an international airport and is a 2hr drive to the NW.