RYDER FOREST

Ryder Forest is the perfect multi-use property including agriculture, wildlife, forest recreation and timber investment


Price :
$180,000  
Acres :
117.5 +/-  

Agent Contact:
Richard Grist, 304.646.8837


HIGHLIGHTS

  • 117-acre forested mountain range with a proven spring
  • Ryder Forest contains some of the largest timber left standing in Greenbrier County
  • Nice laying pasture/hay field suitable for row crops
  • Located in Greenbrier County just 10 minutes to Lewisburg, the county seat
  • 15 minutes to the Greenbrier River, 30 minutes to the 2000-acre Bluestone Lake
  • 30 minutes to the New River, the gateway to awesome water recreation
  • Fields intertwine with the mature forest creating an exciting recreational property
  • Very valuable old-growth timber should one decide to conduct a timber harvest
  • Forest trails accessing nearly every part of the property
  • Elevation Range: 1811 ft. to 2275 ft. +/-
  • Interesting moss-covered rock outcrops
  • Intermittent creeks flow during rain events and snow melt
  • Surrounded by timber tracts and large farms in a nice rural neighborhood
  • Private right of way leads to state roads – FedEx delivery road side
  • Darkest of skies with little or no light pollution for star and planet gazing
  • Ancient “Heritage” trees scattered about estimated at 200-300 years old
  • Excellent timber species include fragrant cedars, beautiful oaks, black walnuts, poplars, maples and hickories
  • Cell coverage is excellent with 4G
  • Wildlife abounds due to the perfect mix of field, forest, water and seclusion surrounded by large farms and timberland
  • Winged wildlife includes hawks, owls, ravens, and Neotropical songbirds
  • Diverse topography containing a mature forest, pasture/ hay fields, rock outcrops, streams and ancient trees create a fascinating natural setting

LOCATION

Google Coordinates: 37.772061°(N), -80.517344°(W)
Address: Davis Stuart Road, Lewisburg, WV 24901. No 911 address is assigned to property without structures.
Elevation Range: 1811 ft. to 2275 ft. +/-

AGRICULTURAL RESOURCES

Ryder Forest has rich soils, abundant rainfall, a 4-season climate, and a handy topography that provides the necessary elements for a permaculture lifestyle. There are currently about 10 acres of pasture/hay fields that would be well suited row crops like corn, pumpkins etc.
There are a few fruit trees scattered about, some of which were part of the early homestead. 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.

FOREST/TIMBER RESOURCES

Ryder Forest contains some of the largest timber left standing in Greenbrier County. The abundant mature 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.

This woodland resource is composed of quality Appalachian hardwoods. The 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 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 compromised by the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid and any 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.

WILDLIFE

Ryder Forest is a wonderful wildlife sanctuary. The mixture of hay/pasture fields, mature forest, abandoned farm fields and cedar thickets, coupled with the water supply from the spring and adjoining property 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.

WATER

There are some 6 intermittent streams on the property that flow during rain events and snowmelt. There is a proven spring located just above the field.

MINERAL RESOURCES

All rights the owner has will convey with the property. A title search for the mineral ownership is recommend.

BOUNDARIES AND SURVEY

The property was surveyed in 2008 and is shown on a recorded survey plat as part of the partition of a larger tract of land. A portion of the eastern property boundary is frontage on the right-of-way. The property is being sold by the boundary and not by the acre.

UTILITIES

Water: Spring onsite or a water well could be drilled
Sewer: A private septic system could be installed
Electricity: None onsite
Telephone: None onsite
Internet: HughesNet or cell phone
Cellphone Coverage: Excellent with 4G

ACCESS/FRONTAGE

The property is being accessed by an existing farm road through adjoining properties.

ZONING

Greenbrier 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 mostly forestland. There is some old field area that is regenerating back to forestland.

DEED AND TAX INFORMATION

Deed Information: DB 588 Pg. 787
Greenbrier County, West Virginia

Acreage: 117.5 acres +/-
Real Estate Tax ID/Acreage/Taxes:
Greenbrier County (13), West Virginia
Fort Spring District (6)

Tax Map 8 Parcel 4; Class 2; 2018 Real Estate Taxes $127.30

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Greenbrier County School District

Public Elementary Schools:
Alderson Elementary School
Ronceverte 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 12,000-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.

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