JOHNSON FARM

418 multi-use acres containing fertile farm fields, productive forest, diverse wildlife, ATV trails and miles of streams. An unrivaled and exciting recreational property.


Price :
$599,000  
Acres :
418 +/-  

Agent Contact:
Richard Grist, 304.646.8837


HIGHLIGHTS

  • 418 +/- acre forested mountain range with beautiful farm fields, creeks and riparian areas
  • 100 acres of agricultural fields intertwine with the mature forest creating an exciting recreational property
  • Very valuable timber should one decide to conduct a timber harvest
  • Winding forest trails accessing nearly every part of the property
  • Interesting moss-covered rock outcrops and rock cliffs
  • Possibility of developing a rewarding permaculture lifestyle
  • Wolf Creek, a blue-line stream, meanders for 2/3 miles through the property
  • 5 dashed blue-line streams flow for about 10,000’ through the property
  • 20 ephemeral streams feed the larger streams during rain events and snow melt
  • Surrounded by timber tracts and farms in a nice rural neighborhood
  • Superior access adjoining state roads – FedEx delivery
  • Darkest of skies with little or no light pollution for star and planet gazing
  • Rich soil offers numerous spots for gardens and grow hay and various row crops
  • Native sedges, rushes, ferns, songbirds, frogs, turtles, crawdads all enjoy the creeks and their rocky edges
  • Located in peaceful Monroe County and just 25 minutes to Union and 35 to Lewisburg
  • Many very ancient “Heritage” trees scattered about the forest and fields estimated at 200-300 years old
  • Excellent timber species include fragrant cedars, beautiful oaks, black walnuts, poplars, sugar and red maples and hickories
  • The mineral rights in title will convey
  • Electricity and telephone onsite
  • Wildlife is very abundant with several fur bearing species represented
  • Winged wildlife includes eagles, hawks, owls, ravens, and Neotropical songbirds
  • Diverse topography containing a mature forest, farm fields, rock outcrops, large creeks and ancient trees create a fascinating natural setting

LOCATION

Google Coordinates: 37.648154°(N), -80.628612°(W)
Address: Wolf Creek Mtn. Road RT 7/2, Wolf Creek, WV 24993; No 911 address is assigned to property without structures.
Elevation Range: 1611 ft. to 2243 ft. +/-

DIRECTIONS

From Alderson, West Virginia:  7.6 miles +/- (approximately 15 minutes)

From the Greenbrier County side of Alderson, cross the RT 3 South bridge over the Greenbrier River; continue left with RT 3 South; travel RT 3 South for 6 miles to the community of Wolf Creek; turn right onto Johnson Crossroads Rd. RT 10; travel 1.2 miles to where the road forks (asphalt left side crosses the bridge, right side gravel goes straight); continue straight onto the gravel road, Wolf Creek Mtn. Road RT 7/2; travel 4/10 mile; the farm begins on the left.

From Union, West Virginia:  14 miles +/- (approximately 25 minutes)

From Union, travel US 219 North 4 miles to Pickaway; turn left onto RT 3 North; travel RT 3 North for 8.4 miles to the community of Wolf Creek (travel past the Wolf Creek Post Office); turn left onto Johnson Crossroads Rd. RT 10; travel 1.2 miles to where the road forks (asphalt left side crosses the bridge, right side gravel goes straight); continue straight onto the gravel road, Wolf Creek Mtn. Road RT 7/2; travel 4/10 mile; the farm begins on the left.

FOREST/TIMBER RESOURCES

The abundant timber resource is well positioned for current timber income as well as value appreciation over the coming decades. With an attractive species mix, adequate stocking levels, and favorable diameter class distribution, the timber amenity represents a strong component of value to the investor.

The Johnson Farm’s forest resource is composed of quality Appalachian hardwoods. 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 of the timber and pulpwood has not been determined at this time but is considered substantial.

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:

  • Black Walnut
  • Sugar Maple
  • Poplar/Basswood
  • Red Oak Group
  • White Oak/Chestnut Oak
  • Soft Maple
  • Hickory
  • A host of associate species (ash, cedar, birch, sourwood, black gum, beech)

Forest-wide, most stands are fully stocked, providing the next ownership with a great deal of flexibility in shaping their own silvicultural legacy. Stem quality forest-wide can be considered excellent with the forest containing an abundant current and future veneer source.

The property’s timber component has been well managed over the years and generally consists of two age classes that have been managed under even-aged silvicultural guidelines. The predominant timber stand contains 40-140-year-old stems ranging in size of 10”-36” dbh. Portions of this stand have been thinned decades ago as prudent forest management called for.

The second distinct stand was established over the past 30 years when portions of the farm fields and pastures were abandoned, and the forest began to naturally regenerate. These stands represent a quality hardwood resource and will be reaching economic maturity in the next 20-40 years.

Diameters are well represented across the commercial spectrum with a notable mature size class, as well as abundant pole size timber and growing stock. 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 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, which has inundated the entire Northeast US, is present and the Ash component will significantly decline over the next decade. The Eastern Hemlock species is under attack by the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid and the remaining hemlock will significantly decline over the coming decade. There have been no forest fires in 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 Johnson Farm’s rich soil, abundant water, 4-season climate, and gentle topography provide the necessary elements for a permaculture lifestyle. There are currently about 100 acres fields that are suitable for hay or row crops like corn, pumpkins etc. The farm is currently being leased for cattle grazing.

There are several fruit trees scattered about, some of which were part of the early homestead.  fenced. Crops of black walnuts and hickory nuts are produced each year from the abundant black walnut and hickory trees scattered about.

Honey bees would do well here, and it would be possible to produce maple syrup from the sugar and red maple trees growing on the property.

WILDLIFE

The mixture of mature forest, emerging forest, grown over farm fields, old fruit trees, coupled with the abundant water supply from about 15,000’ of streams, create the perfect wildlife habitat. The “edge effect” created between, streams, farm fields and forest is the textbook habitat for the resident wildlife. The edges create long wildlife food plot. The hardwood forest produces tons of acorns, hickory nuts, beech nuts, walnuts and soft mast. White tail deer, black bear, red/gray fox, bobcat, wild turkey, squirrel, raccoon, fox and many species of songbirds, eagles, owls and hawks make up the resident wildlife population. It is hard to find a property that has a better mix of wildlife as there has been little hunting pressure for many years.

The 5 larger creeks and 20 ephemeral branches are a major contributor to the local ecosystem richness and diversity for both plants and animals. The creeks and their surrounding aquatic plant life create a water supported community with a wide variety of wildlife. Some of creek margins are fringed by lowlands, and these lowlands support the aquatic food web, provide shelter for wildlife, and stabilize the banks. The plant life associated with the lowlands include, rushes, sedges, cattails, duckweed, bee balm and algae.

There are many animals that around the edges of the creek, including raccoons, opossums, turtles, salamanders, newts, crayfish, muskrat, bull frogs, and redwing blackbirds. Of course, there is the insect and microscopic world including butterflies, dragonflies, water skaters, water beetles, damselflies, tadpoles and various insect larve.

WATER – WATER – EVERYWHERE

The Johnson Farm is richly blessed with an abundance of water. Free flowing Wolf Creek, a fantastic blue line stream, runs year-round on the property for about 3,500’. Additionally, there are 4 dashed blue-line streams totally nearly 10,000 feet in length providing a 3-season flow to Wolf Creek. An additional 20 separate intermittent streams are active during periods of rainfall and snow melt, and feed into the dashed blue-line streams and Wolf Creek.

MINERAL RESOURCES

West Virginia is one of the states in the US that has two ownership titles, those being SURFACE RIGHTS and MINERAL RIGHTS. The mineral rights are believed to be intact and all rights the owner has will convey with the property. A mineral title search could be conducted by a title attorney at the same time when the surface title search is being conducted.

BOUNDARIES AND SURVEY

Fencing evidence boundary in some places.  Portions of the property boundary is frontage on Wolf Creek Mtn. Road RT 7/2.  The property is being sold by the boundary and not by the acre.

UTILITIES

Water: water well could be drilled
Sewer: private septic could be installed
Electricity: onsite
Telephone: onsite
Internet:  possibly onsite through the phone cable
Cellphone Coverage: Excellent with 4G

ACCESS/FRONTAGE

The property has about a mile of total frontage on Wolf Creek Mountain Road RT 7/2.

ZONING

There is currently no county zoning in Monroe County. All prospective purchasers are encouraged to contact the Monroe County Health Department for answers regarding installation of septic systems and water wells. Further information on county zoning may be answered by contacting the Monroe County Commission.

PROPERTY TYPE/USE SUMMARY

About 318 acres are in forest and about 100 acres are in agricultural fields.

DEED and TAX INFORMATION

Deed Information: DB 287 Pg. 628 (only certain tracts in this deed)

Monroe County, West Virginia

Acreage: 418 acres +/-

Real Estate Tax ID/Acreage/Taxes:

Monroe County (13), West Virginia
Wolf Creek District (9)

Tax Map 14 Parcel 31; WOLF CR. SO. ST. SEC. RT 7/2, 110.74 AC; Class 2; 2018 Real Estate Taxes $28.73
Tax Map 14 Parcel 32; ELMHURST SO. OF ST. SEC. 7/2, 23 AC; Class 2; 2018 Real Estate Taxes $5.75
Tax Map 15 Parcel 1; WOLF CR. W. ST. SEC. RT 10, 96 AC, 98 AC LAND BOOK; Class 2; 2018 Real Estate Taxes $62.56
Tax Map 15 Parcel 2; HAYNES LD. W. S. ST. SEC. RT. 10, 56 AC; Class 2; 2018 Real Estate Taxes $60.65
Tax Map 15 Parcel 3; WOLF CR. W. OF ST. SEC. RT. 10, 132.69 AC; Class 2; 2018 Real Estate Taxes $93.21

2018 Real Estate Taxes: $250.90

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Monroe County School District

Public Elementary School:
Mountain View Elementary School

Public Middle School:
Mountain View Middle School

Public High School:
James Monroe High School

THE AREA

The charming village of Union, which is the Monroe County seat, is a 25-minute drive. Banking, healthcare facilities, drugstore, grocery shopping and a great family restaurant are readily available. Some of the friendliest people in West Virginia can be found in Monroe County. Monroe County has a population of about 13,000 residents and does not have a stoplight and has more cattle and sheep than people. There are no fast food restaurants but there are local restaurants in the area that are well known for their good food and friendly atmosphere.

Lewisburg, which is the Greenbrier County seat, was voted the Coolest Small Town in American and is just a 35-minute drive to the thriving downtown historic district. The downtown boasts a year round live theatre, Carnegie Hall, several fabulous restaurants, antique shops and boutiques. There is also a modern hospital and all attendant medical facilities along with all the big box stores.

The Greenbrier County Airport, which has WV’s longest runway, is located just 45 minutes away and has daily flights to Atlanta and Washington DC. The world-famous Greenbrier Resort is 35 minutes’ drive and Snowshoe Ski Resort is about 2 hours’ drive. Blacksburg, Virginia (Vtech) is about 90 minutes away, Roanoke, Virginia, is 120 minutes, DC is 4 hours and Charlotte, North Carolina is 3.5 hours away.

The Greenbrier Resort features an ever-expanding schedule of public events, including the underground gaming casino and the Greenbrier Classic, a nationally televised PGA tournament held in early October. The Resort opened a new $30 million training facility for professional football teams and their practices are open to the public. A 2500-seat tennis stadium to host professional and exhibition matches (The Williams sister, Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, etc) recently played there.

 

 

Directions

From Alderson, West Virginia: 7.6 miles +/- (approximately 15 minutes)

From the Greenbrier County side of Alderson, cross the RT 3 South bridge over the Greenbrier River; continue left with RT 3 South; travel RT 3 South for 6 miles to the community of Wolf Creek; turn right onto Johnson Crossroads Rd. RT 10; travel 1.2 miles to where the road forks (asphalt left side crosses the bridge, right side gravel goes straight); continue straight onto the gravel road, Wolf Creek Mtn. Road RT 7/2; travel 4/10 mile; the farm begins on the left.

From Union, West Virginia: 14 miles +/- (approximately 25 minutes)

From Union, travel US 219 North 4 miles to Pickaway; turn left onto RT 3 North; travel RT 3 North for 8.4 miles to the community of Wolf Creek (travel past the Wolf Creek Post Office); turn left onto Johnson Crossroads Rd. RT 10; travel 1.2 miles to where the road forks (asphalt left side crosses the bridge, right side gravel goes straight); continue straight onto the gravel road, Wolf Creek Mtn. Road RT 7/2; travel 4/10 mile; the farm begins on the left.

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