3533 acres /- of timberland, plantation and farmland lying astride the Florida/Alabama state line North of DeFuniak Springs, FL and East of Florala, Al. This property features some of the finest natural Longleaf Pine habitat in private hands, miles of beautiful Natural Bridge Creek, five stocked ponds, fully furnished 3,200 sq ft house converted from 19th century train depot, former stables with furnished 960 sq ft loft & large generator for house, barn and well, fully equipped maintenance shop in l building with tools & equipment, three pole barns (one with office and large walk-in cooler), four farmhouses, RV camp area with water, power and septic and all implements, farm equipment, tractors, heavy equipment, trailers/containers, ATVs & support vehicles needed for turnkey operation. This property incorporates the historic Natural Bridge Spring, a 'sink and rise' geologic formation over which Natural Bridge Road travels. This is an incredible opportunity for recreation, preservation or a business venture. Just the 19 acre parcel the spring is located on was appraised at $520,000 in 2008 when Walton County was attempting to obtain grants and funding to purchase the property for a public park. What really sets this property apart from other timberland is that most of it has been in the same family since during or shortly after the Second World War. As a result, the vast majority of the timberland has never suffered 'conventional forestry' practices where clear-cuts, shearing, raking, mass application of herbicides and planting of non-native or non-site appropriate species, etc. completely erase the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem. This is not the biological desert of endless tidy rows of planted Slash/Loblolly that industrial forestry has wrought, instead there is the rich diversity of species that is so difficult and time consuming to 'restore' once it is lost. Since the 1980's management has focused on selective thinning and prescribed fire resulting in some of the best uneven aged, natural regeneration Longleaf Pine ecosystem to be found anywhere. In site appropriate areas such as wetter soils Slash Pine is predominant. There is only one small Loblolly Pine plantation, a later addition to the property by acquiring an adjoining property that had been enrolled in the CRP previously, and a few stands of planted Slash Pine. Several Longleaf plantations are present as farm fields, pastures and acquired adjacent parcels are being restored to their natural state. This location can't be beat; other parcels may offer privacy and be removed from the troubles spilling out of urban centers but they may also be isolated from the things that make life worth living. It's only a short drive to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world found right here in Walton Co. such as Seaside and Blue Mountain and only a bit further to Destin and points west. There may be lesser properties available that offer the potential to eventually become what this property already is but it cannot be emphasized enough the time, effort and expense that will be required to fulfill such an undertaking. If you want an outstanding natural Longleaf Pine forest and are considering buying something other that just that then you should ask yourself how long you are planning to live... Acreage and mapping is approximate, using Google Earth Pro, and is to be verified by buyer at buyer's expense. One of sellers is a Florida Real Estate Broker. Because of the size of the property, vintage farmhouses, etc. included in the sale, this is an AS IS transaction with buyer responsible for verifying and inspecting all aspects and conditions of real and personal property relevant to them. Owners will consider dividing property into substantial parcels bounded by roads, state line or other practical definitions.