133 acres with mineral rights just 10 minutes from Charleston, WV

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133 +/-  

Agent Contact:
Richard Grist, 304.646.8837 or 304.645.7674


  • 133+/- contiguous acres being sold with all surface and mineral rights to be conveyed
  • Located just 10 minutes from the state capitol in Charleston
  • Ideal location for development with public water, sewer, electric, cable available
  • Charleston Metro Area has a population of approximately 240,000
  • Mature forest with an estimated footage of 500MBF of standing timber: 50% Poplar/Cucumber, 29% Oak, 3% Hickory, 3% Maples, 1% Basswood, 14% Others
  • Excellent access by paved state maintained roads
  • Numerous interior roads and trails provide good access for timber harvesting, hiking, ATVing and horseback riding
  • Dark skies with little light pollution for star and planet gazing
  • Kanawha River is just a 5 minute drive
  • Wildlife is abundant with several fur bearing species represented
  • Winged wildlife include, hawks, owls, ravens, and Neotropical songbirds
  • Varied topography with numerous seasonal streams interspersed with flats and hillside
  • Elevations run from 770’ to 1490’
  • Town of Marmet to be site of new trail head for Hatfield/McCoy Trail System


Google Coordinates:
38.248991°(N), -81.580620°(W)

Address:  An address has not been assigned.

Elevation Range: 770 ft. to 1429 ft. +/-


Thomas Forest’s timber resource is composed of high 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.

A forester recently estimated there to be $50,000 in very large diameter merchantable timber and pulpwood. The inventory shows there to be about 300,000 Board Feet of standing timber and some 2000 tons of pulpwood.

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:

  • 50% Poplar/Cucumber
  • 29% Oak
  • 3% Hickory
  • 3% Maples
  • 1% Basswood
  • 14% Sycamore, Beech, Black Cherry, Black Gum & Others.

The forest’s timber component has been well managed over the years and generally consists of hardwood managed under uneven-aged silvicultural guidelines. The predominant timber stand contains 40-80 year old stems ranging in size of 10”-30” dbh. Portions of this stand were thinned over 30 years ago as prudent forest management called for. The forest is again ready for a selective thinning which could generate income in excess of $300,000. The forest has matured into higher-value sawtimber diameter classes with an abundant growing stock already in place for the future.

Diameters are well represented across the commercial spectrum with a notable mature size class, as well as abundant pole size timber and growing stock.

A few “Heritage Trees” are scattered throughout the forest. These ancient trees, some 100-150 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 Wooly Adelgid and The Emerald Ash Borer are present and it is anticipated that the Hemlock and Ash component will be in decline over the next decade. There have been no forest fires in the recent memory but there is evidence of fire some 50 years ago.

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.

Beechnuts, Hickory nuts, sweet White Oak and Red Oak Acorns provide a sustainable food source for the squirrels, chipmunks, whitetail deer and wild turkey that live in abundance in the


The property has mixture of emerging and mature forest types, open grassy areas and foot trails. All these features, coupled with the creeks and streams the perfect wildlife habitat. The “edge effect” created between open areas, trails 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, owls, woodpeckers and raptors compliment the resident aquatic wildlife population.


Public water is available to the property allowing for residential development. The forest has several ephemeral and intermittent streams that flow during rain events and snow melt.


The property is being sold in Fee and all rights the seller has will be conveyed at closing. The seller states there are 5 seams of coal underlying the property. There are 2 natural gas wells that have been capped several years ago. A title search for actual mineral ownership rights is recommended. All rights the owner has will convey with the property.


There is not a current survey on record. Portions of the property may have boundary surveys of record. Certain major sections of boundary run along the mountain tops. The property is being sold by the boundary and not by the acre.


Water: A public water system is available
Sewer: A public septic system is available
Electricity: Available nearby
Telephone: Available nearby
Internet: Available through cable through the phone service
Cellphone Coverage: Very good in most areas


Kanawha 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.


This property is currently in forestland.


Deed Information: DB 1545 Pg. 7 and DB 2267 Pg. 722
Kanawha County, West Virginia

Acreage: 133 acres +/-
Real Estate Tax ID/Acreage/Taxes:

Kanawha County (20), West Virginia

Loudon District (19)
Tax Map 22 Parcel 2; Class 3; 2017 Real Estate Taxes: $98.27
Tax Map 22 Parcel 4; Class 3; 2017 Real Estate Taxes: $290.32

Marmet Corp (21)
Tax Map 4 Parcel 14; Class 4; 2017 Real Estate Taxes: $255.64

Total 2017 Real Estate Taxes: $644.23


Kanawha County School District
A list of Kanawha County public schools can be seen at the following county school web site:


Marmet, is a small community in Kanawha County, located on the Kanawha River, incorporated in 1921. First named Elizaville, after Mrs. Leonard Morris, original settler, having settled there in 1773. Later known as Browntown, after Charles Brown, who was financially interested in the salt business. Name changed to Marmet in 1900, for the Marmet Coal Company, owned by William and Edwin Marmet, which began the development of large tracts of coal lands at that place in 1899.

During the 1930s, the Market Locks and Dam was built at Marmet, one of three locks and dams were built on the Kanawha River by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to improve navigation of the river.

Today, 1,469 resident call Marmet home. The town is served by the interstate system (I64/I77 – exit 89) and two state highways: RT 61 and RT 94. A suburb of Charleston, Marmet is located five miles southeast of the capitol city. Marmet has experienced a rich history, including Civil War battles, salt and coal exploration and mining, the Battle of Blair Mountain and once location of the busiest lock system in the United States.

The town of Marmet to be the site of new trail head for Hatfield/McCoy Trail System.


The New-Kanawha River is the largest and most important river in West Virginia. Its basin comprises about one-third of all West Virginia, part of western Virginia, and a small part of North Carolina. The lower river below the mouth of Gauley River is called the Kanawha; above the Gauley, it is called the New River. The Kanawha flows to the Ohio.

Charleston is West Virginia’s state capitol and is an easy 10 minute drive. Charleston is West Virginia’s largest city with a population of some 50,000 and a metro area of 225,000. It is the center of government, commerce, culture and industry. There is a commercial airport with daily flights to most major hubs. Hydrocarbon resources (coal, oil and gas) and salt and brine deposits led to industrial growth as a center for chemicals and chemical-related industries, which stretch up the Kanawha Valley to the east. There are some excellent cultural amenities and a nice performing arts center downtown. Charleston is steeped in historic architecture, an eclectic music scene, bountiful shopping, unique dining and four seasons of changing mountain landscape.

Charleston also is the perfect hub from which to “spoke out” to other West Virginia activities. The capital city serves as the gateway to snow skiing, world-class zip-line canopy tours, whitewater rafting, ATV trails, golfing, hiking, fishing, rock climbing, mountain biking, canoeing, and kayaking – all within an hour’s drive or less.

White-water rafting on the Gauley and New rivers and the Hatfield and McCoy ATV trail system are the most prominent recreational features.

Charleston lies at the junction of the Kanawha and Elk rivers in the western foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The main urban and business areas have developed along the two river valleys, while some residential areas are in nearby valleys and on the surrounding deciduous-wooded hills. The climate is highly variable, particularly from mid-autumn through spring. Winters can vary greatly from one season to the next. Summer and early fall are more consistent, with warm temperatures and an occasional hot spell.

Summer precipitation falls mainly as thundershowers. Most winters have two or three extended cold spells where temperatures stay below freezing. Snow falls, but only lingers on hilltops. Cool air may get trapped in the valley, creating fog. First freeze is mid-October, last is late April.


The Hatfield-McCoy Trails System (HMTS) is made up of over 600+ miles of trails and located in the rich mountains of southern West Virginia. Amazingly, the Thomas Forest is around the corner from the site of a new trail head to be constructed for HTMS in town of Marmet.

The 600+ mile HMTS is second only to the 2000 mile long Paiute ATV Trail in Central Utah.

As one of the largest off-highway vehicle trail systems in the world, HMTS is open 365 days a year and offers something for every skill level. The trail system caters to ATV, UATV, and motorbikes (dirt bikes), but hikers, mountain bikers, and horse riders can also use the trails. The trail system is a multi-county project, including West Virginia counties Logan, Kanawha, Wyoming, McDowell, Mercer, Wayne, Lincoln, Mingo, and Boone.

The name of the trail system is derived from the names of two families, the Hatfields and McCoys, who famously feuded near the West Virginia and Kentucky border after the Civil War.

Law enforcement officers patrol the trail to assure compliance with safety regulations. Motorized users of the trail system must wear a DOT-approved helmet and are prohibited from “doubling” (having a passenger), unless their vehicle is designed for two people. These rules, and a host of others, have allowed the trail system to enjoy a quality safety record, despite an increase in ATV-related injuries around the country.


Length: 97 mi (156 km)

The Kanawha River is 97 miles long andis a tributary of the Ohio River and is the largest inland waterway in West Virginia; it has formed a significant industrial region of the state since early in the 19th century.

It is formed at the town of Gauley Bridge in northwestern Fayette County, approximately 35 mi SE of Charleston, by the confluence of the New and Gauley rivers. It flows generally northwest, in a winding course on the unglaciated Allegheny Plateau, through Fayette, Kanawha, Putnam, and Mason counties, past the cities of Charleston and St. Albans, and numerous smaller communities. It joins the Ohio at Point Pleasant.

Paleo-Indians, the earliest indigenous peoples, lived in the valley and the heights by 10,000 BC.
The river valley contains significant deposits of coal and natural gas. In colonial times, the wildly fluctuating level of the river prevented its use for transportation. The removal of boulders and snags on the lower river in the 1840s allowed navigation, which was extended upriver after the construction of locks and dams starting in 1875. The river is now navigable to Deepwater, an unincorporated community about 20 miles upriver from Charleston. A thriving chemical industry along its banks provides a significant part of the local economy.

In addition to the New and Gauley River, the Kanawha is joined at Charleston by the Elk River, at St. Albans by the Coal River, and at Poca by the Pocatalico River.

The Little Kanawha and the Great Kanawha rivers, the two largest in the state, were named for the American Indian tribe that lived in the area prior to European settlement in the 18th century.

Interstate 64 crosses the Kanawha four times on major bridges in the Charleston vicinity.

MARMET LOCKS & DAM (and fishing!)

The Thomas Forest is a stone’s throw from the famous Marmet Locks & DAM on the Kanawha River, located just 9 miles upstream of Charleston. The locks were opened in 1933 and the dam was completed in 1934.

Marmet Locks and Dam are currently the busiest locks in the Ohio River System in terms of commercial lockage cuts. The locks are a key component of the transportation infrastructure linking the Kanawha Valley, an important chemical and coal producing area, to its raw materials supply and product markets.

Fishermen will find a variety of fish including rock bass, catfish, crappie, carp, bream, bluegill, muskie, sauger, flathead catfish, striped bass, drum, gar, walleye and white bass here. Fly fishing, baitcasting, casting, trolling or spinning offer a good chance of a getting a bite here. A steel pier allow anglers to stand directly over the dams’ outflows and cast directly downstream.

The catfish here are huge with some caught weighing between 15-25 pounds and stories of even larger.


Travel I-64 to the Marmet/Charleston Exit No. 89; travel the short distance to RT 61 North, the main road into Marmet; turn left at the traffic light onto RT 61 North; travel 9/10 mile; turn left just past the playground onto 85 ST; travel across the railroad tracks and just a short distance beyond; and turn right at the right that travels under the interstate highway; travel 3/10 mile; turn left; travel 2/10 to the water tank; the property begins behind the water tank. Only 11 miles from downtown Charleston.

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