I thought 1.24 acres was an improvement enough over the subdivision life...but I've been hanging around you all too much. DH and I have dreamed of getting some land in a rural area as an investment for some time, just to own and "sit on", also to use for private recreation (peaceful camping, fishing, maybe some ATV trails, nothing crazy), and economic (huge garden, free firewood). It'd have to be within 2-3 hours' drive of our primary residence if we planned to visit once a month or so. I don't want to set up a deal where we HAVE to go there every weekend to maintain something. Obviously if I've got a food crop growing it'd need some care, but something like a corn field doesn't need much. I'm not going to put animals there and leave them alone for weeks on end. I just want to HAVE the land. I don't need a building on it or any improvements -- when we visit we'll have a camper. Though over the years we'll build things like a barn, root cellar, outhouse, and maybe eventually a small cabin. I'm not sure I plan to live on this land someday. If we did it'd be after the kids are grown, but DH and I have plans to see the country with an RV. This would just be a "back up plan", sort of a bug-out location, and above all an investment. After all, there's a reason it's called REAL estate - it isn't going anywhere. So...I started looking at land in KY, sort of my "ancestral" home. Places described not by addresses, but by names like "Left Fork of South Fork", 48 acres for $5,600. I can afford that! Or can I? Is there a catch? Like there's hazardous medical waste buried there, or it's really 10' wide and 100,000 feet long? (you know what I mean...I'm not doing the math tonight). IS there any land in a reasonably habitable place (that is not, say, in northern Canada near the Arctic Circle!) for cheap? Are offers like the one I mentioned a kind of trick, selling the worst land - hilly, rocky, flood-prone? Are there hidden pitfalls, like getting clear title, EPA hazards, scary shotgun-toting neighbors? I like KY...from what I've seen. It's very pretty, and I like hills to an extent, though I don't think I'd like to purchase a sheer 100ft. cliff face. What to look for? Am I nuts? Thanks!