I had a prickly pear when I lived in Md. I loved the yellow flowers but hated the little hairs that hurt but couldn't be seen. Got some in my garden gloves once and forgot about them until I used the gloves again...ouch! As for the woods! YES!! Love them! I live in the Allegheny Mountains of Pa. on 2 1/2 acres and about a half of that is wooded. The floor of the woods is covered with ferns. So pretty. I had two concerns about going in there. One was poison ivy but I killed that. The other was ticks. I've had two on me so far this year and my husband had one. Fortunately, they weren't deer ticks even though we're overrun with deer (and we have bears and other critters roaming around). It's very nice here and very cold in the winter but my neighbor has some prickly pear that makes it through the snow and ice of the winter just fine! She did ask me if I wanted some of it but upon remembering all the times I got those little hairs in my hands and fingers while in Md. I declined!
Your place sounds so nice. I do love seeing ferns like you describe them. I bet it is beautiful.
I remember the tics being bad in TN like that.
Remembering the 'hairs' would be reason enough to decline the offer of a PP. :-)