ACHOR FARM – 425+/- ACRES

One of the Greenbrier Valley's largest boundaries of field and forest


Price :
$829,000  
ID :
508  
Acres :
425.32  

Agent Contact:
Richard Grist, 304.646.8837 or 304.645.7674


HIGHLIGHTS

  • 425+/- acres – One of the area’s largest boundaryies of field and forest
  • 1/2 acre stocked pond
  • Miles of internal trails provides superior access to all corners of the property
  • Trails for hiking, horseback riding or ATV adventure
  • 45+/- acres of pasture and cropland
  • 375+/- acres of emerging high quality Appalachian hardwood timber with future capital value.
  • Long hollows with numerous smaller ephemeral drains, high knobs, sinks, limestone outcrops and marshes make for interesting topographic relief
  • Long views of distant mountains and valleys below
  • Elevations ranging from 1625’ to 22330’
  • 15 minutes to I-64 interchange at Alta
  • 25 minutes to Lewisburg 35 minutes to the Greenbrier Resort
  • 4 hours to DC and 3.5 hours to Charlotte
  • Private, secluded, little to no light pollution – ideal for star gazing and planet observation

LOCATION

The Achor Farm is located in Greenbrier County, WV near Alderson.  This 425 +/- acre agricultural-timberland-recreational opportunity is located in the scenic, mountainous region of southeastern West Virginia. The surrounding Greenbrier County landscape is part of the southeastern Ridge and Valley Region, a scenic tapestry of elongated hardwood Allegheny & Appalachian mountain ranges. Much of Greenbrier County remains undeveloped and is characterized by its scenic farm valleys, small communities and large expanses of hardwood forest.

At 425 acres, the Achor Farm represents an opportunity to create a classic family ownership legacy for the next tenure, or to carefully craft a rural residential project for future cabin sites. Terrain is typical of the region and considered rolling to mountainous.

Google Coordinates: 37.779731°(N), -80.624200°(W)
Address: Blue Sulphur Springs Road, Alderson, WV 24910
Elevation Range: 1625 ft. to 2230 ft. +/-

FOREST/TIMBER RESOURCES

The forest has a good hardwood sawtimber and pole stocking. This well managed timber resource can provide a great deal of flexibility to the next ownership in terms of potential harvest revenue and can be managed to provide cash flow opportunities to offset holding cost and long-term asset appreciation. Capital timber value has not been established at this time.

Species composition:
The forest’s predominately well-drained upland terrain has led to a resource dominated by hardwood species. Overall, the species composition is highly desirable and favors Appalachian hardwood types, consisting primarily of: White Oak/Chestnut Oak, Red Oak Group, Black Walnut, Poplar/Cucumber/Basswood, Sugar Maple/Soft Maple and a host of associate species.

Stocking, Stem Quality, and Forest Structure
Forest-wide, most stands are adequately stocked, providing the next ownership with a great deal of flexibility in shaping their own silvicultual legacy. Stem quality forest-wide can be considered good with the forest containing future sawlog and veneer source.

The timber component has been well managed over the years and generally consists of three age classes that have been managed under various silvicultural guidelines.

The predominant timber stand was established over the past 40 years when some of the farm fields and pastures were abandoned and the forest began to naturally regenerate. This stand represent a quality hardwood resource and will be reaching economic maturity in the next 40 years.

The second distinct timber stand contains 40-120 year old stems ranging in size of 10”-60” dbh. This stand is on the cusp of graduating into higher-value sawtimber diameter classes over the coming decade.

A third stand was former pasture and has just recently started to regenerate naturally into hardwood timber and other woody plants. This stand could be cleaned up and once again become productive pasture.

Several “Heritage Trees” are scattered throughout the forest and field edges. These ancient trees, some 200-300 years old, have withstood the test of time, weathering forest pests, ice, wind, lightning strikes and fire.

The forest is healthy and there are no signs of pest infestations of Gypsy Moth. The Emerald Ash Borer and the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid is present and the Ash and Hemlock trees are severely stressed and will die out over the next decade. There have been no forest fires in the recent memory.

The forest floor is home to several types of mushrooms, medicinal plants, wild ginseng, ferns and cool green mosses. One could spend a lifetime getting to know this inviting environ.

AGRICULTURAL RESOURCES

The Achor Farm has a rich agricultural history dating back to the 1800’s. At one time, nearly every acre was either in pasture or under cultivation producing hay, corn, wheat, barley, buckwheat and sorghum. With the advent of modern farm machinery and livestock stocking change from sheep to cattle, some areas of the farm where no longer kept cleared and have now reverted back to timber and brush.

Most of the perimeter fencing is considered to be adequate but there is a section between the farm and one adjoining property that is not fenced.

There are a few ancient fruit trees scattered about the farm indicating the farm once had established orchards.

WILDLIFE

The Achor Farm is a wonderful wildlife sanctuary. The mixture of hayfields/pasture, mature forest, abandoned farm fields, cedar thickets and marsh, coupled with the water supply from the ponds, create the perfect wildlife habitat. The miles of “edge effect” created between field and forest is the perfect habitat for all the resident wildlife. White tail deer, wild turkey, squirrel, raccoon, fox and many species of songbirds, woodpeckers, crows and raptors make up the resident wildlife population.

The hardwood forest provides the essential nutrient source and produces tons of hard mast including acorns, hickory nuts, beech nuts and black walnuts. Soft mast includes stag horn sumac, black cherry, tulip poplar and maple seeds, autumn olive berries and blackberries.

A number of Bald Eagles have been spotted up and down the Greenbrier and New Rivers and are a thrill to see with wingspans of 6-7 feet.

MINERAL RESOURCES

All rights the owner has will convey with the property.

BOUNDARIES AND SURVEY

Many portions of the boundary are indicated by fencing. The property is being sold by the boundary and not by the acre.

UTILITIES

Electricity: Electric lines are nearby
Water: No public water system, but a well could be drilled
Sewer: No public sewer system, but a septic system could be installed
Telephone: Phone lines are nearby
Internet: Could be acquired by satellite or DSL through phone system
Cellphone Coverage: Appears to be adequate

ACCESS/FRONTAGE

The main property road joins onto Blue Sulphur Springs Road WV RT 25 within the approximately 370 feet of frontage, providing direct access to the public road system.

ZONING

The county is subject to some zoning and subdivision regulations. All prospective buyers should consult the County Commission and also the Health Department for details regarding zoning, building codes and installation of septic systems.
Information can be found at the county website: http://greenbriercounty.net/ordinances/

PROPERTY TYPE/USE SUMMARY

The property is currently devoted to pasture land and forestland use. A breakdown, as determined from aerial photography is as follows:

Fields: 45 acres +/-
Pond: ½ acre +/-
Forestland: 380 acres +/- (balance of the property)
(This summary is only an estimation of current property use as determined from aerial photography. It is made subject to the estimation of property boundaries and any errors in the interpretation of land use type from the aerial photography utilized.)

DEED, TAXES, LEGAL

Deed Information: Deed Book 543 Page 517
Greenbrier County, West Virginia

Acreage: 425.325 acres +/-.
Real Estate Tax ID/Acreage/Taxes:
Greenbrier County (13), West Virginia
Blue Sulphur District (3)

TM 28 Parcel 15; 65.00 AC (FEE); Class 2; 2016 Real Estate Taxes $69.19
TM 28 Parcel 16; 92.62 (FEE); Class 2; 2016 Real Estate Taxes $89.94
TM 32 Parcel 10; 72.10 (FEE); Class 2; 2016 Real Estate Taxes $66.67
TM 32 Parcel 12; 195.60 (FEE); Class 2; 2016 Real Estate Taxes $223.92

Total 2016 Real EstateTaxes: $449.72
Total Tax Acreage: 425.32 acres

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Greenbrier County School District:

Public Elementary School:
Alderson Elementary School

Public Middle School:
Eastern Greenbrier Middle School

Public High School:
Greenbrier East High School

SURROUNDING AREA

Lewisburg, which is the Greenbrier County seat, was voted the Coolest Small Town in America in 2011, combining the warmth of a close community with the sophistication of more urban locations. The thriving downtown historic district offers year-round live productions presented at the State Professional Theatre of WV, Carnegie Hall, distinctive dining venues, antique shops, award-winning galleries/boutiques, and two summer-season farmer’s markets. Greenbrier Valley Medical Center is a modern hospital and all attendant medical facilities, along with the many big box stores.

Lewisburg is home to the WV Osteopathic Medical School (600 students) and the New River Community and Technical College. The area is a strong economic generator with a solid workforce employed in county/state government, tourism, hospitality, medical, education, retail, construction, wood products, mining and agriculture.

The world-renowned Greenbrier Resort, with 800 rooms and 1600 employees, is located nearby in the sleepy little town of White Sulphur Springs. The 4-Star resort has a subterranean casino and is home to the PGA tour, the “Greenbrier Classic.” Several other area golf courses are available in the area – including Oakhurst Links, America’s first golf course, where guests play using old style hickory-handled clubs and ground-burrowing golf balls!

The Greenbrier County Airport with WV’s longest runway provides daily flights to Atlanta and Washington DC. A picturesque train ride from White Sulphur Springs connects the area to DC, Phili, Chicago, and many other locations. By car, DC is 4 hours away and Charlotte is only 4.

Within another 2-3 hours drive are located some of the finest recreational facilities in West Virginia , Winterplace Ski Resort, the 2000 acre Bluestone Lake, Pipestem State Park and Resort, the 80,000 acre New River National Gorge National Park, and whitewater rafting / fishing on the New River and Gauley Rivers. The new 10,600 acre Boy Scout High Adventure Camp, Summit (home to the US and World Jamboree) offers weekend visitors ziplining and canopy tours, ropes courses, climbing and repelling, mountain biking, as well as BMX and skate plazas. Five other area state parks and state forests offer unlimited hiking, horseback riding, ATV riding, and rock climbing opportunities.

GREENBRIER RIVER

The Greenbrier River is 173 miles long is the last free flowing river east of the Mississippi. It is an excellent river to float or canoe and is well known for its large and small mouth bass fishing. It is the gateway to water recreation and fun as it is at most times lazy and easy to navigate.

The Greenbrier River is formed by the confluence of the East Fork Greenbrier River and the West Fork Greenbrier River in the town of Durbin, West Virginia. From Durbin the Greenbrier River flows southwesterly through Pocahontas, Greenbrier, Monroe, and Summers Counties. It flows through several communities including Cass, Marlinton, Hillsboro, Ronceverte, Fort Spring, Alderson, and Hinton. The Greenbrier River joins the New River in the town of Hinton, West Virginia.

Directions

From Lewisburg: 20 Miles +/-

From the intersection of US 60 and US 219 in Lewisburg, travel US 219 North to I-64 interchange; turn left onto I-64 West; travel I-64 West for 7.4 miles to Alta/Alderson Exit 161; at end of exit ramp, turn left onto WV RT 12 South; travel 8.4 miles turn right onto Blaker’s Mill Road RT 66; travel 1.6 miles turn right onto Blue Sulphur Springs Road RT 25; travel 6/10 mile; entrance road is on the right with green metal gate; there is a sign on the board fence at the gate that says ORLEON ROAD.

From Alderson: 4.7 Miles +/-

From the Alderson Memorial Bridge (now limited to walking use) on WV RT 12, travel WV RT 12 North toward Alta for 1 mile; turn left onto Blue Sulphur Springs Road RT 66; travel 3.7 miles; entrance road is on the right with green metal gate; there is a sign on the board fence at the gate that says ORLEON ROAD.

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