Lyons Bridge Farm
Cave Spring, GA
Lyons Bridge Farm is an exceptionally beautiful and well-rounded property located in a really nice nook of northwest Georgia. It isn’t often that a property of this size and caliber becomes available with such convenience to Atlanta.
Lyons Bridge Farm is 1,334± acres located in Floyd County, Georgia about ten miles southwest of Rome, just outside of Cave Spring—a charming rural community. The recreational opportunities on the property are compounded by the nearly two miles of frontage on Big Cedar Creek. The creek is an exceptional water resource that is wide and deep enough for kayaking and fishing. The famed striped bass make their annual runs up these waters that create an all-world angling experience.
The current owner is a self-taught expert at placemaking and has created dozens of special “moments” that you experience as you spend time on the property. The attention to detail in the outfitting of the improvements is outstanding. The main “Pleasantville Lodge” is over 6,267 square feet and built with reclaimed logs from a barn in Ohio and the three guest cabins all have a story, too. Over the years, he has also had the vision (and willingness) to strategically purchase and assemble key neighboring parcels to create one contiguous 1,334± acre property.
The land itself is beautiful and rolling with an elevation change of over 220 feet from the creek bottoms. A little less than half of the property is forested, with 150± acres of that in planted pine. The other half of the property is generally improved pastures or hayfields supporting the robust Lyons Bridge Beef business. The farm currently has 750 head of cattle.
If the past year has taught us anything, it’s an appreciation for freedom, open space, and time with family. With the location here, Lyons Bridge Farm is within a quarter tank of gas for over 7,000,000 people, yet feels worlds away.
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Overview & Facts
- 1,334± acre legacy property in Cave Spring, Georgia, just ten miles southwest of Rome at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains
- 1.95± miles of frontage on Big Cedar Creek, over 2/3 of which is both sides of the creek
- Charming and private northwest Georgia location yet convenient for over 7,000,000 people in the Atlanta-Birmingham-Chattanooga MSAs—68 miles to Atlanta, 80 miles to Chattanooga, 110 miles to Birmingham
- Beautiful rolling topography with over 200’ elevation changes between the river and the “Hillbilly Hilltop” location of the main house
- Pleasantville Lodge: 6,267 sq. ft. lodge completed in 2019 and built with logs from a circa 1837 double-pen barn moved from Ohio, 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, elevator, salt water pool
- Pre-1833 Cherokee Cabin: kitchen, one bath, and outdoor cedar hot tub
- Schoolhouse Cabin: relocated 1848 historic log schoolhouse converted to a guest house with one bedroom, one bathroom, living and dining areas
- Hilltop recreational area includes a five-stand shooting clay course, impressive picnic area, and fire pit
- One-bedroom creekside guest cabin situated among a beautiful mature garden featuring blooming shrubs, colorful trees, and peony beds
- The spring-fed Big Cedar Creek is about 70’ wide through most of the property and provides excellent opportunities for paddling and fishing
- As a significant tributary to Weiss Lake and the Coosa River system, Big Cedar Creek is part of the striped bass’ annual pilgrimage and this sportfish’s migration offers an angler a unique fishing experience.
- Great hunting opportunities for whitetail and turkey
- Turnkey cattle operation with a current herd of 750 cattle and resources to grow
- Over five miles of four board fence, pastures cross-fenced
- Over 40 miles of interior roads, including several miles built with asphalt, chip & seal, or asphalt millings
- 10± wells
- 150± acres of planted pines, thinned
- Manager’s house
- Additional staff house—1930s restored farmhouse
- Equipment Barn with restroom
- Working barn for cattle
- Additional barns include a feed barn, pole barn, metal storage barn
Lyons Bridge Farm is located in the beautiful Appalachian foothills of northwest Georgia between Rome and Cave Spring in Floyd County. Rome, just ten miles from Lyons Bridge, is the largest city in northwest Georgia with about 36,000 inhabitants. With the Etowah and the Oostanaula rivers meeting here to form the Coosa River, the area has attracted travelers and settlers for centuries. It is a vibrant small city with a strong arts community, a passion for history, and exceptional recreational opportunities.
Cave Spring is a small town just three miles west of Lyons Bridge Farm and features a mix of specialty shops, restaurants, and a charming bed and breakfast anchored by a picturesque town square. The namesake limestone cave is open to visitors.
Cedartown is another small town less than eight miles from Lyons Bridge Farm. The downtown district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places because of the city’s 1890s style architecture. The West Cinema Theatre, built in 1941 in art deco style, is still in use today.
The main entrance to Lyons Bridge Farm is located on Lyons Bridge Road SW off Highway 27 and is only 65 miles from Atlanta’s northern I-75/I-285 intersection. The property also has frontage on Jim Shack Road and Davis Road. Just north of Rome, the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport (RMG) has a 6,006’ runway for private aviation and is located 22 miles from Lyons Bridge Farm.
Northwest Georgia’s climate is classified as humid continental. There are four distinct seasons in Floyd County, with some of the best weather in the spring and fall months. Although winters are colder in northwestern Georgia than other parts of the state, they are not severe. Some winter snowfall occurs. The average high in the summer months is in the upper 80s with average lows around 67. The average highs in the winter months are in the mid-50s with average lows in the mid-30s. Annual rainfall is 54 inches.
The current owners have had a tremendous vision for and spared no expense in shaping Lyons Bridge Farm into one of the most unique properties in northwest Georgia.
In 2017, they contracted with the salvage experts at DIY Network’s Barnwood Builders to move giant logs from a 200-year-old double-pen barn in Pleasantville, Ohio to the “Hillbilly Hilltop” at Lyons Bridge Farm. The project was the subject of several episodes of the TV show.
Every inch of the 6,267± square foot Pleasantville Lodge was meticulously assembled with logs, chinking, and other salvaged and natural materials and completed in 2019. Aside from the addition of a saltwater pool and modern amenities, the house looks like it has been in this very spot for centuries. It features a cook’s kitchen, five bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms, grand sitting rooms and gathering areas, and multi-level porches with beautiful vistas.
The “Hillbilly Hilltop” is centered around entertaining and provides the perfect setting for a memorable experience for family and guests. The “Cherokee Cabin” was indeed a Native American’s personal cabin and is used as a guest house. It is pre-1933 and has a kitchen, one bathroom, and deck with cedar hot tub.
The 1848 “Schoolhouse” was moved to Lyons Bridge from Manchester, Georgia and is a guest cabin with a loft bedroom, living and dining areas, and a large bath. Both guest cabins overlook a large picnic area and fire pit and are nearby to a five-stand for shooting clays.
There is an additional one-bedroom guest cabin built of barnwood along the Big Cedar Creek in a beautiful garden setting. A little oasis in and of itself, the gardens show off color throughout the year with camellias, Japanese maples, azaleas, beds of peonies, rhododendron, and wisteria.
Additional improvements surround the cattle and farming operation and include two staff houses, a new equipment barn with bathroom, a new large working barn for cattle, feed barn, storage barn, pole barn, and five miles of four-board fence and cross fencing. There are over 40 miles of roads, including several miles made of asphalt, chip & seal, or asphalt millings.
The property is being offered with or without the registered Angus and Hereford cow-calf cattle operation, Lyons Bridge Beef. The farming business has been in a period of formation and growth over the past six years as new pastureland was opened up to accommodate a maturing herd size. At 328 momma cows, they are just reaching the right balance to turn a profit in the coming year. Another 75-100 cow/calf pair would help reach land capacity.
The farm manager has a degree in Ag Sciences from Berry College in Rome and has been instrumental in developing the solid cattle operation.
The sale of the pasture-raised meat direct-to-consumer has been very popular in the area at a store front in Cave Spring and local farmers markets, including one hosted at Lyons Bridge Farm.
“My job as a broker is frankly easier when engaged on a property where the owner has spared no expense, and Lyons Bridge Farm is exactly that. For the owner, this journey has been more about building a spectacular property than being practical. His goal was to create a retreat bringing family and friends together in a manner that resonates with the soul, and in this, he has been successful. To say the least, replicating this would be challenging, and it would require a lot of energy and time.
The 1,334± acres has been a chess game in assembling all the key parcels. The offering price is refreshingly realistic and there is definitely value to be gained by a buyer. The quintessential list of idealistic features buyers ask for in a property are great water resources, gorgeous viewsheds, well-maintained, convenient to a nice town, and improvements that are tasteful, authentic, and fitting to the landscape. Rarely am I able to check all these boxes, but I can with Lyons Bridge Farm.”