Great Hunting/Recreational Opportunity

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Joyce L. Surbaugh, 304.660.8000 or 304.645.7674


Owens Branch Forest is located in the New River Watershed near Chestnut Mountain on the East side of the New River. Camp Brookside Public Access to the New River is approximately two miles from the property.

Owens Branch traverses the property as the intermittent stream makes it way to the New River at Brooks. Owens Branch is a cascading stream with large rocks in several areas. Waterfalls flow into pools of water below the rocks. The stream is visible from the small clearing on the property.

Owens Branch Forest offers abundant wildlife and timber that thrive along the slopes of the mountain. Several trails meander through the property for walking and ATV riding. Whitetail deer, bear, bobcat, quail, geese, raptors, small game and many other species inhabit the area. Timber found on the property consists of native hardwoods such as Oak, Cherry, Poplar, Maple and others.

Area attractions nearby the property are New River Gorge National Park Service, Bluestone Lake, Greenbrier River, Bluestone River, Sandstone Falls, Bluestone State Park. Grandview Amphitheater Arts and Entertainment State Park. Hinton Railroad Museum the Ritz Theatre and Historic Hinton.

Amtrak travels through Summers County, a Station for boarding and arriving is located at Hinton, WV serviced by the Cardinal Line. I 64 is a 15 mile drive from the property. Local Airports are within 30 minutes to 1 hour from the property.


Water – A well would need to be installed
Sewer – A septic system would need to be installed
Electric – Would need to be brought to the property
Cell Service – Excellent


911 and physical address:
No 911 address has been issued as this property does not have a residence. This property is located on Mini Herb Store Road, Hinton, WV 25951

Coordinates (NAD83): 37.735517, -80.866084

Deed Book 249, Page 409

Talcott District, Summers County, WV
Tax Map 31 Parcel 41
2017 Real Estate Taxes: $402.52


The New River Gorge was a vast and largely unsettled wilderness until the C&O railroad was built on the eastern side of the river in the 1880’s. The railroad opened up the rich coalfields and virgin timber stands of the region. Early “mountaineers” settled the area and soon were carving out mountain farms and raising families.

Owens Branch Forest is located in the heart of the recreational mecca area encompassing the New River and 2000 acre Bluestone Lake at Hinton. The New River is the second oldest river in the world, preceded only by the Nile; it is the oldest river in North America. The New River is unique because it begins in Blowing Rock, N.C. and flows north through Virginia into West Virginia. The Nile and Amazon are the only other major rivers that also flow north. Year after year, it produces more citation fish than any other warm water river in WV. Smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, sunfish, hybrid striped bass, and muskie are all common species of fish found in the New River and Bluestone Lake.

Bluestone Lake is 30 minute’s drive with over 2000 acres at summer pool and is the state’s third largest body of water. Great hunting and fishing opportunities abound at the 17,632 acre Bluestone Wildlife Area adjacent to the park and nearby Camp Creek State Forest.


The surrounding area offers unlimited soft recreational activities including white water rafting, golfing, fishing, camping, hiking, bird watching and rock climbing. Snow skiing at the Winterplace Ski Resort is 20 minutes away. You can catch the Amtrak train in nearby Hinton or in less than an hour at the Greenbrier Resort and travel to Chicago or New York City. The Beckley Airport is just 35 minutes away.

Hinton, the county seat of Summers County is a short drive. Hinton, founded in 1871, grew rapidly as the hub of a growing railroad industry serving the New River coal fields, passenger travel and coast to coast freight lines. Today, Hinton serves the growing tourist and technology industries. Situate at the confluence of the New River, Bluestone River and Greenbrier River, adjoining the 2000 acre Bluestone Lake, Hinton is truly a gateway to water recreation. The 80,000 acre New River National River Park, Bluestone State Park, Pipestem State Park Resort and 17,000 acre Bluestone Wildlife Management Area are recreational cornerstones in the area. The new 10,000 acre Boy Scout high adventure camp is an hour’s drive. Hospital, grocery shopping, pharmacy, hardware/farm supply and dining are available.

Lewisburg, a short drive away, is the county seat of Greenbrier County and home to the WV Osteopathic Medical School (800 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, education, retail, construction, wood products, mining and agriculture. The Greenbrier Valley and surrounding area is richly blessed with a wide array of cultural events that keep life in the valley interesting and satisfying. A year round live theatre, Carnegie Hall (one of four in the USA), fine dining, art galleries and boutiques make up the thriving downtown historic district in Lewisburg. In 2011, Lewisburg was named Coolest Small Town in America and offers complete shopping, churches, schools, medical-dental facilities, fine dining, and a modern hospital. The Greenbrier Valley airport, located just minutes north of Lewisburg, has the longest runway in the state and daily flights to Atlanta and Washington DC.

The world renowned 4-Star Greenbrier Resort, home of the PGA tour, is less than an hour’s drive. Several other area golf courses are available in the area. Rock climbing, ziplining, horseback riding and the 100 + mile long Hatfield-McCoy ATV trail makes for a very active recreation area.


From Brooks on Rt. 20 Turn onto Mini Herb Store Rd. (Rt. 44/23). Cross the bridge and drive 1 mile. At the intersection, stay straight and drive with the stream past the camper with a red roof. Drive 4/10 mile to a stream. Cross the stream. Park and walk 100 yards to a large boulder with a white face. Turn left. Walk approximately 500 yards on the road. Property starts at Foxfire Realty sign.

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