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Buying Recreational Property near Public Land

If you’re looking to buy recreational land, the advantages of being near public lands are pretty clear. Just last month, 38.1% of LANDTHINK’s audience chimed-in on our sponsored Pulse question and indicated that buying rural land located near public land is SOMEWHAT IMPORTANT. There is an incredible amount of federal and state-owned land around the country, and there are many opportunities for buyers to own property that’s adjacent or in close proximity to these public spaces.

In addition to publicly owned lands, many timber companies, including PotlatchDeltic, allow hunting and recreational access to their lands through inexpensive permits or even multi-year agreements with state wildlife agencies.

With such a large amount of publicly accessible land, you may only need to own a small parcel of land for a base camp, be it an RV site, cabin or primary or secondary home, and have tens of thousands of acres nearby that are open for hunting, four-wheeling, hiking, camping or other outdoor activities.

That said, these tracts near public lands can be difficult to acquire. They don’t change ownership often, and there is an extremely limited supply. With that in mind, it’s important to work with a real estate expert who knows the area and understands recreational property sales, so you can find opportunities and be ready to buy when a prime spot becomes available.

Indeed, there are a number of factors to consider if you’re thinking about focusing your land search on tracts near public lands. Before you start your search, read this article written by Bill DeReu, Vice President of Real Estate, PotlatchDeltic so that you’ll be well prepared  to find a great property. Click (here, or on the image) to read the full article as published on

Members of the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network can help you as you seek out recreationally distanced land buying options, from site visit through closing. Contact the broker nearest where you’re interested in taking the next step toward buying.

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