Pristine 20-acre water front property adjoining protected public lands surrounding the 3000 acre Summersville Lake

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Richard Grist, 304.646.8837 or 304.645.7674


Roaring River is a pristine 20 acre water front property adjoining protected public lands surrounding the 3000 acre Summersville Lake.


  • Roaring River boldly flows through the heart of the property for over ¼ mile
  • Modern tubular steel bridge on stacked stone abutments spans the river
  • Direct access to the 3000 acre Summersville Lake via a hiking/ATV trail or by canoe/kayak
  • 20 acres of unspoiled woodland with a mix of oak, hickory, hemlock, cherry and sycamore
  • Build a cabin upslope from the river
  • ½ acre grassy area alongside the creek- perfect for camping
  • Site has a rich history dating back to the 1883 gristmill and a later sawmill
  • Amazing intact hand stacked stonewalls and water race remain from a 1920’s water driven “hydro” power plant
  • Just 5 minutes to the Nicholas County seat of Summersville – great city amenities
  • Easy access to Route 19, I-77 and I-79
  • Jet air service is an hour away
  • Dark skies with little or no light pollution for stargazing or planet observation
  • Exceedingly quiet & tranquil due to the protection offered by the surrounding forest and rush of the river
  • Abundant water loving wildlife including heron, muskrat, otter, fisher, raccoon, duck and geese
  • City water, electric, phone and high-speed internet connection available
  • Cell phone coverage is good


Roaring River should most certainly be considered a gateway to water recreation and family fun. The cascading and tumbling river flows boldly through the heart of this 20 acre river canyon for over ¼ mile. The river’s journey continues ½ mile downstream through protected public lands to its confluence with the mighty Gauley River and 3000 acre Summersville Lake.

By adjoining the neighboring US Army Corp of Engineers protected lands surrounding the lake, Roaring River has free and clear access to the lake via a designated walking and ATV trail. This lightly used scenic trail gently traverses the water’s edge all the way to the lake. Of course, the water enthusiast will want to kayak or canoe down the river to the lake, and after a day of floating and fishing, paddle to one of the put in-take out points along the lake.


Roaring River is unique to other waterfront properties in that it comes with its own private bridge spanning the river at its most scenic point. The bridge brings accessibility for year-round enjoyment to both sides of the river, in effect, doubling the waterfront value as well as doubling the enjoyment and development of the property.

The 120 foot long tubular steel frame bridge is designed to accommodate pedestrian and light all-terrain vehicles. The bridge is supported on each end by hand-stacked stone foundations and has treated lumber decking. 4 foot high side rails make this a handicapped accessible, safe and very user-friendly bridge. During the 2016 state wide 1000 year flood event, the bridge remained above the floodwater mark and suffered no damage – so it is built to withstand the test of time.


With over 28,000 acres of water, Summersville Lake is a fisherman’s paradise. The best fishing is during the night and early morning hours. The fish seem to be more active just before daybreak. The Lake offers up large and small mouth bass, walleye, brim, crappie, and catfish. There is also Northern Pike patrolling the banks.

There are fish at a tractors built by the Army Corps of Engineers at several locations throughout the Lake. They mostly serve up pan fish. Small mouth bass can be found at the tail waters of the Gauley River, Muddlety Creek and Hominy Creek. These areas are also good for large mouth in deeper water. Crank baits and Carolina rigs prove to be productive. Also, any drop offs and rocky points are good and a depth finder is a good investment.

Walleye are usually taken near the base of the dam in deeper water during the cooler months. For young and old alike, fishing from anywhere along the lake edge consistently produces brim and crappie. Just pick a spot and get a line wet.

The most popular catfish spot for fishing from the bank is near the water treatment plant located at the intersection of 19 and 39. The boat launch at Salmon Run would be the closest by boat. Fishing at the spillway on the other side of the dam is good for Trout fishing in the fall. Trout are stocked on a bi-weekly schedule.


The property has a rich history and played an integral part in the development and success of Summersville. Deed Book 17 Page 147, dated January 8, 1883, in the chain of title to the 20 acres says the following: “and being the same land on which A. P. Starbucks Grist Mill & dwelling house now stands”. Later on a sawmill, blacksmith shop and tannery were constructed on or near the property. This area was also the site of the first 4-H camp in Nicholas County.

Most notably, in the 1920’s, William Henry Campbell constructed a small “hydro power plant” to supply electricity to Summersville. The hand stacked stone retaining walls along the river with the mill race towers sitting atop the wall are still in place and are in remarkably great condition. The compact foundation and attendant water supply tunnel of the power plant can still be seen. Interestingly, Campbell sold the power plant in 1930 to the Monongahela West Penn Public Service Company, later known as Mon Power and now called First Energy, with six million customers, 24,000 miles of transmission lines, $15 billion in annual revenues and 15,500 employees.


Most of the forest has varying aged stands of trees along the flats, gentle slops, surrounding rocky outcrops or standing in the steeper hollows. Scattered about the forest and along the creek are some very ancient “Heritage Trees” of sycamore, hemlock, beech, maple hickory and oak trees. These were just young trees when the old grist mill was established in the 1880’s.


Otters and fishers, as well as blue herons, raccoons, opossums and chipmunks have been seen in and along the creek. Of course, the creek and its rocky edge support fish, crawdads, salamanders, June bugs and all types of aquatic invertebrates.

The property has mixture of emerging and mature forest types, open grassy areas and foot trails. All these features, coupled with the abundant water supply create the perfect wildlife habitat. The “edge effect” created between river and forest is the perfect habitat for all the resident wildlife. White tail deer, wild turkey, squirrel, rabbit, raccoon, fox and many species of songbirds, bald eagles, owls, woodpeckers and raptors compliment the resident aquatic wildlife population.


The Oil and Gas have been reserved in an earlier deed of title. All rights the owner has will convey with the property.


A metes and bounds description is of record in the deeds in the chain of title to the property. A portion of the boundary is shown on a plat recorded in Deed Book 245 on page 285. The property is being sold by the boundary and not by the acre.


Water:  City water is available nearby
Sewer:  City sewer is available nearby
Electricity:  Available nearby
Internet:  Available through Frontier
Cellphone Coverage:  Good


Google Coordinates:
38.287831°(N), -80.822863°(W)
Address: Power Plant Road, Summersville, WV 26651
Elevation Range: 1700 ft. to 1882 ft. +/-


The western side of the property, containing about 8 acres, is accessed by Power Plant Road RT 19/12, providing direct access to the public road system.

The eastern side of the property, containing about 12 acres, is accessed by a county road maintained by the city of Summersville up to a point where it intersects with the Skozen parent property. From this intersection, there is further a private deeded access road through the forest to the subject property.


Nicholas County has no zoning regulations in effect other than that which is enacted and enforced within the city limits of Summersville and Richwood. All prospective purchasers are encouraged to contact the Nicholas County Health Department and the Nicholas County Flood Zone Administrator regarding installation of septic systems, water wells, and flood insurance requirements.

Nicholas County ordinances and contact information can be found at the following website:


A cleared camping area is nestled near Muddlety Creek. The balance of the property surrounding Muddlety Creek is a mixed forest. This portion of Muddlety Creek has an easement for use as part of Summersville Lake.


Deed Information: po Deed Book 426, Page 523
Nicholas County, West Virginia

Acreage: Area being sold is Tract No. 1 in the aforesaid deed, containing 20 acres, more or less

Real Estate Tax ID/Acreage/Taxes:
Nicholas County (34), West Virginia
Summersville District (7)
Tax Map 23 Parcel 24; 20 ACS FXO&G MUDDLETY MM = 13 135; Class 2.
2016 Real Estate Taxes: $136.28


Nicholas County School District:
Public Elementary School:
Summersville Elementary School

Public Middle School:
Summersville Middle School

Public High School:
Nicholas County High School


Superb water quality and sheer sandstone cliffs make Summersville Lake a unique place to visit. West Virginia’s largest lake; Summersville Lake has over 28,000 acres of water and 60 miles of shoreline. Boating, water-skiing, swimming, fishing for large- and smallmouth bass, walleye, panfish, and catfish, (trout are stocked below the dam in the spring and fall) scuba diving, picnicking, hunting, and biking are the favorite activities enjoyed by nearly one million visitors annually. Technical rock climbing and whitewater rafting are available year round, with scheduled whitewater releases below the dam on the world class Gauley River in September and October. Adjacent to the lake is Mountain Lake Campground , with cabins, camping & RV hookups and many other conveniences for guests. Sarge’s Dive Shop and the lake’s marina are located on the lake with grocery stores, restaurants, and service stations located nearby in Summersville.

Launch ramps for the boating enthusiasts and fishermen are located at Battle Run, Salmon Run, Long Point Area and Picnic Area. There is a $3.00 Day Use fee for boat launching. Frequent boat launchers may purchase an Annual Day Use Pass. Golden Age and Golden Access passports may be used for a 50% discount at all Federally operated areas where a fee is charged.

Camping at Summersville Lake is restricted to developed camping areas only – there is not random camping. Battle Run Campground is a class A Corps operated campground which has day use facilities, a boat launching ramp, access to fishing, showers, trailer waste disposal facilities, playground, universally accessible restrooms, parking, swimming and picnic areas. Battle Run Campground is now part of the National Recreation Servation System. Reservations can be made by dialing 1-877-444-NRRS or on the web at For more information during recreation season call the campground at (304) 872-3459.

Handicapped Access
Universally Accessible Facilities are provided at the Project Office, Dam site and picnic area, Battle Run Area, and Long Point Area.

Foot trails (Hiking) are located at Battle Run, Salmon Run, and Long Point.

Summersville Lake Marina is located at the Long Point Area. The marina number is (304) 872-1331. Additional information can be found at Summersville Lake Marina & Sarge’s Dive Shop. There is a $3.00 Day Use fee for boat launching.

A swimming beach is located at the Battle Run Area. Lifeguards are not provided. Swim at your own risk. Swimming is prohibited on launch ramps.

Visitor Center
A Visitor Center is located at the Information office.


*4 season climate, the fall of the year is spectacular and summers warm and breezy
*Water sports: 3000 acre Summerville Lake, Gauley River, New River
*Outdoor recreation: Hiking, rock climbing, white water rafting, snow skiing
*Historic Route 60 is the ancient Midland Overland Trail (buffalo, Native American, Pioneers)
*New River Gorge Bridge is the western hemisphere longest arched bridge
*Monongahela National Forest and New River Gorge National River Park are nearby
*Babcock and Hawks Nest State Parks
*Nicholas County Veterans Memorial Park
*Summersville arena and convention center
*I-79 30 min to the north
*I-77 40 min to the south
*I-64 45 min to the south or 50 min to the east
*Major shopping Beckley- 40 min, Charleston- 1hr 30 min Clarksburg- 1hr 30 min.
*Modern schools
*Rich logging and mining history


From Summersville, West Virginia: less than 1 mile from RT 19 in the heart of Summersville modern shopping areas:

From the Summersville Regional Medical Center along RT 19, travel RT 19 South 6/10 mile; turn left onto Power Plant Road RT 19/12; travel 8/10 mile (at one place there is a street sign that says Power Plant Drive, and at ½ mile the road changes from asphalt to a country dirt road); the property is on the right.

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