Our mission is to show that humanity and nature can thrive and prosper together through the establishment of productive conservation
ABOUT CAROLINA RANCH
Carolina Ranch is a 15,000-acre evolving nature tourism destination. Known as the original ‘All Star’ property to the locals, it is one of the largest, most fertile, contiguous tracts of land east of the Mississippi River, and one of the most fascinating.
Because of its physical location within the eastern NC “inner banks” and unique geophysical properties, this property is now the home of cutting-edge carbon research, nutrient dense soils and plants R&D as well as a progressive habitat management plan that includes native food plots and designated pollinator zones. There are 52 miles of established roads within the property and frontage on New Lake including 108 acres of privately-owned lake bottom.
Carolina Ranch features heavy populations of deer, bear, bobcat, turkey, duck, and geese. This distinctively adds to the overall emerging nature-based tourism development theme currently in the design and arranged phases. Stay tuned for the many exciting announcements set for the upcoming year.
We are passionate about the many great things to come and look forward to the development journey. The paved road ends at our border – where the Carolina Ranch adventure begins
Historically known as the “dome of the Scuppernong Pocosin”, Carolina Ranch was part of the original hunting/trading/trapping grounds for the Croatans, Native Americans, and first European settlers.
In the early 1800s, the State of North Carolina gave title of this wild “far dismal” to the State Literary Fund for development and creation of eventual land sales that would bolster the state education fund. Canals and ditches were developed at that time in order to prepare the land for both agriculture and housing. Carolina Ranch is part of the original NC Drainage District #2 and its deed still carries drainage easement rights connected to the surrounding region and all 52 state established drainage districts.
In the late 1800s, Carolina Ranch was sold to Southern Land Company of New York for the development of housing. However, the American Civil War changed the national economic trends and the need for timber became more important. The land was then sold to a regional timber company.
After being timbered, the land was sold to a West Virginia paper company for continued forestry and eventually was sold to All Star Foods Inc. in 1963 for agricultural purposes. Additional ditching was done as the land was prepared to become a national food source.
In 1990 the current owner and family emerged where its ownership has and will remain. The concept of Carolina Ranch was established in late 2017 with the actual work beginning in 2018.
ON THE RANCH
Carolina Ranch has dedicated 10,000 acres of land to carbon farming in order to produce upland conservation, manage water runoff from adjacent government-owned land, and enhance the natural environment for nature tourism/job creation while protecting the land from future peat fires. The amount of dedicated acreage will deem this endeavor as the largest carbon farm in the US.
Our chosen partner to direct and develop this unique carbon farm is Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and their leaders at the Duke University Wetland Center. It is with great appreciation that we go forward knowing we bring to Hyde the most cutting-edge display of nature science. We feel certain these steps leading to the end goal will benefit the region tremendously.
Carolina Ranch is naturally abundant with black bear, turkey, quail, deer, ducks, swan, geese, songbirds, and butterflies – just to name a few. With bay, persimmon, hardwood varieties and the great Carolina pine, we are truly a diverse and stunning landscape that includes access to one of the original “Carolina Bay” lakes.
Maintaining the balance of Carolina Ranch’s natural ecosystem is of the utmost importance. We have intensified our efforts for overall healthy land and habitat management by allowing seasonal wildlife harvesting through Lily Pond Creek Outfitters. This ensures that all wildlife babies have room to grow and thrive. To learn more about wildlife harvesting opportunities, click the button below.
Stay tuned as we expand visitation opportunities!
SOILS AND PLANT RESEARCH
Through current soils and plant research we have found that Carolina Ranch is home to unique anti-bacterial and anti-fungal microbial properties that can be used to propagate specialty plants grown for healthy eating, clothing, medicines, and water filtration.
We are in the pre-planning stages to further our research through the development of concentrated pilot agroecology and designated research centers where specialty crops can be originated, grown, harvested, and prepared for corresponding markets.
Carolina Ranch is excited to bring this to Hyde and hope to make announcements soon on the progression of this fascinating science.