ELEVATE: A Field Guide to the Plateau - Summer 2021

of National Forest Service acres border the southern end of the property where waterfalls, swimming holes, and more hiking trails are easily accessible. Lake Sarka, in neighboring Silver Slip Falls, beckons you to WDNHDSHDFHIXOZDONND\DNULGHRUWRUHOD[ZKLOH¿VKLQJIRUWURXW The farmhouse features a traditional layout with four bedrooms, four EDWKVWKUHH¿UHSODFHVDNHHSLQJURRPDQGDGLQLQJURRPZLWKD wall of windows. Recently the home was thoughtfully renovated with DQXSGDWHGNLWFKHQDQGDOOQHZEDWKURRPV$ODUJHGHFNRSHQVR̆

the dining room showcases Whiteside Mountain with its jutting outcropping Devil’s Courthouse, as well as long- range views of more mountains to the south. The two-story barn has been recently re- roofed with a new tin roof and has a huge, open loft as well as a tack room and a feed room. Old Ford Ranch would make an exquisite mountain estate for the discerning buyer, whether they have horses or not. For professional equestrians,

Tryon International Equestrian Center is less than two hours away. Horse enthusiasts who are more inclined to leisurely trail rides than competition in the dressage ring have plenty of trails to choose from not only on the Old Ford Ranch property, but across the Highlands-Cashiers plateau as well. Extensive horseback trails can be found in Panthertown Valley, which is approximately 15-20 minutes away, and in Gorges State Park, less than 40 minutes away.

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