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ASHLAND TRAILS

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Richard Grist, 304.645.7674

The Ashland Trails property consists of 1,505-acre property in McDowell and Wyoming Counties, WV near the communities of Crumpler, Ashland and Cherokee.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 1,505-acre property in McDowell and Wyoming Counties
  • Property is forever conserved and protected under a conservation easement blanket
  • 45 minutes northwest of Princeton with all big box stores, hospital, restaurants and more
  • Possesses significant recreational, natural, aesthetic, watershed, wildlife, forest, open space, and plant habitat features
  • The Indian Ridge Trail and the Pocahontas Trail, named sections of the Hatfield/McCoy Recreation Area, transect the Property for some 35 miles
  • Property is now located in the National Coal Heritage Area
  • Adjacent to the Ashland Company Store that is listed on National Register of Historic Places
  • Straddles the Upper Guyandotte River Basin/Tug River Basin boundary
  • The headwaters of Pinnacle Creek transect the Property for 4,105’+/-
  • The headwaters of North Fork Elkhorn Creek transect the Property for 8,887’+/-
  • The headwaters of Windmill Gap Branch transects the Property for 1,172’+/-
  • Perfect for shooting sports, motor sports, hunting, hiking, nature viewing, star gazing and planet observation, mountain biking
  • Residential building allowed in certain areas of the property
  • Elevations range from 977’ to over 1840’
  • Electric and phone at the property line
  • Low taxes, low population density, little or no light pollution
  • Perfect area for watersports, hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding
  • 90 minutes to Beckley, Princeton-Bluefield with all big box stores, restaurants, historic district, hospital and more
  • 2 hours to Charleston, the state capitol, with a regional jet airport hub and Interstates
  • 7,810 acre Panther Wildlife Management Area very is nearby with trout fishing and excellent hunting

LOCATION

The Ashland Trails, located in McDowell and Wyoming Counties, WV near the communities of Crumpler, Ashland and Cherokee about 45 minutes northwest of Princeton WV.

Google Coordinates: 37.417429°(N), -081.328898°(W)
Elevation Range: 2200+/- ft. to 3300 ft. +/-

MINERAL RESOURCES & RESERVATIONS

The mining or extraction of coal, minerals, soils, sands, fieldstone, gravel, or rock in or on the Property is prohibited.

Oil/Gas drilling may occur in the area with restrictions as outlined in the easement.

BOUNDARIES AND SURVEY

The property has been surveyed containing 1,505.214. The property is being sold by the boundary and not by the acre.

UTILITIES

Water: Public water on site
Sewer: Private Sewer System
Electricity: On the property
Telephone: On the property
Internet: Unknown
Cellphone Coverage: Unknown

ACCESS/FRONTAGE

The property is accessed by state-maintained roads. Numerous interior forest trails provide 4X4 vehicular and ATV access.

ZONING

The conservation easement will provide the governing terms. Permitted uses of the Property vary depending on where on the Property this use occurs. The Property is divided into six (6) principal areas.

PROPERTY TYPE/USE SUMMARY

This is a multiple use forestland property suitable for hunting, hiking, camping, and some residential development. Motorsports, nature fans and shooting sport enthusiasts will enjoy this property.

DEED AND TAX INFORMATION

1,505.214 acre property located in McDowell and Wyoming Counties, State of West Virginia, located between Northfork – Ashland –Cherokee Road and Ashland – Crumpler Road in Ashland, West Virginia 24868

Shown on Tax Map 257, tax parcels # 1, 2, 3, & 19 in McDowell County; and Map 144, tax parcel #5 in Wyoming County registered in the name of Ashland Trails LLC.

THE FOREVER GIFT – A CONSERVATION EASEMENT

Mindful of the public benefit flowing from the conservation values of their land and the threats posed to those values in a climate of increasing development pressure, the sellers donated as a charitable gift to The Atlantic Coast Conservancy, an easement restricting the use and development of their land in perpetuity. The intent of the perpetual easement is to forever preserve the existing rural landscape and to preserve the scenic environment and the watershed.

The easement preserves forever the worthy features of the property for the people of McDowell and Wyoming Counties, and the people of the State of West Virginia.

The Ashland Trails conservation easement allows the owner to permanently protect their land from future, more intensive uses, while still maintaining ownership. The owner may continue to utilize the property as before the easement except that certain rights in ownership are no longer available. The easement allows traditional uses of the property such as farming, forestry, hunting, hiking, fishing, and limited single-family home construction.
This easement will:

1) forever prohibit reanimation of the coal mining operation
2) will only allow for ten one-acre homesites within an approximately twenty-five acre building envelope,
3) perpetually preserve the land area for outdoor-oriented recreation as provided by formation of the Hatfield/McCoy Trail Authority.
4) Establishes a Recreation Area protection zone that will generally exclude and/or control the construction of buildings and improvements.
5) Establish a 100 foot riparian buffer Surface Resource Protection Area along creeks and wetland areas.
6)The Property will remain in a partially undeveloped state consisting of a mature oak- hickory forest.
7)Establishes an Open Area protection zone that will permit only the following activities: (a) removal trees and limbs which are fallen, dead, diseased or dangerous; (b) selectively cutting of dead or dying trees for firewood, limited to preserve the Conservation Values, and (c) low-impact outdoor recreation, education, nature observation, and scientific studies
8)This Easement will establish a Subsurface Resource Protection Area protection zone that will forever sterilize the coal reserves.

NOTE: The complete terms of the Conservation Easement will be furnished upon request.

FOREST/TIMBER RESOURCES

The Property’s timber resource is composed of some very large, high quality Appalachian hardwoods. This well managed timber resource provides oxygen, clean water, wildlife food sources and soaks up tons of carbon dioxide each year.

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:

  • Black Cherry
  • Sugar Maple
  • Poplar/Cucumber/Basswood
  • Red Oak Group
  • White Oak/Chestnut Oak
  • Soft Maple
  • Hickory
  • As well as a host of other species (birch, beech, sassafras, wahoo, buckeye)

Forest-wide, most stands are fully stocked. Stem quality forest-wide can be considered excellent.

The timber component generally consists of 20-120-year-old stems ranging in size of 10”-36” dbh. Portions of the forest have been thinned over the last several decades as prudent forest management called for.

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 presently there are no signs of pest infestations of Gypsy Moth. The Emerald Ash Borer and Hemlock Wooly adelgid are present and the Ash component will be eliminated by the borer in the next decade. There have been no forest fires for many years.

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

Rivers, creeks and wetlands are a major contributor to the local ecosystems richness and diversity for both plants and animals. There are many animals that live year round and at other times in the water and around the edges of the river, including beavers, otters, minks, raccoons, opossums, blue herons, Canada geese, wood ducks, mallards, king fishers, minnows, native fish, turtles, salamanders, newts, crayfish, muskrats, bull frogs, eagles, owls, hawks and redwing blackbirds.

The miles of “edge effect” benefit all the resident wildlife. White tail deer, black bear, wild turkey, squirrel, rabbit, bobcat, fox, chipmunk, and many species of songbirds make up the resident wildlife population.

Isolated forest wetlands that are located among a large terrestrial ecosystem provide a key role in amphibian productivity and maintaining community dynamics by coupling aquatic habitats with those adjacent terrestrial habitats via transfer of biomass and energy.

Of equal importance, there is the insect and microscopic world including butterflies, dragonflies, water skaters, water beetles, damselflies, hellgrammites, tadpoles and various insect larve.

Great fishing is found in the Greenbrier River, New River and Bluestone Lake with small and large mouth bass, crappie, catfish, muskie, walleye, pike and bluegill present in good numbers.

The rivers, lake, and creeks, and their surrounding aquatic plant life, create a water a water-supported community with a wide variety of wildlife. Much of their margins are fringed by wetlands, and these wetlands support the aquatic food web, provide shelter for wildlife, and stabilize their shores. The plant life associated with the wetland includes rushes, sedges, cattails, duckweed, bee balm and algae.

The hardwood forest of the surrounding mountains 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 seeds, maple seeds, autumn olive berries and blackberries.

THE HISTORIC ASHLAND COMPANY STORE

The Historic Ashland Company Store is just across the street from the property. The store is a multi-story many-windowed structure that historically served as a social hall and inn for the nearby coal mine. The store carried everything the miner and his family needed or could want, including fresh fruit, foods, ice cream, clothing, toys, weapons, tools, automotive supplies, fabric, shoes, hats, coats, and dynamite. The store was a gathering place as much as anything else. The respective company stores formed the core of social and economic life for many thousands of workers who lived in the remote coal towns.

RECREATION AT THE FOREST

Ashland Trails offers many recreational opportunities. Numerous soft recreational activities are anchored by the proximity to the Tug Fork River. The 1,505 acres provides the foundation for all that is Ashland Trails.

Nature viewing is first in line of recreational activities. Attentive wildlife management has been geared not to just game animals. Equal consideration has been extended to increasing the numbers and diversity of species including neo-tropical songbirds, butterflies, turtles, frogs, rabbits, chipmunks, dragonflies, owls, hawks.

Stargazing-Planet Observation
Complete darkness can be still be found on most of the property, thereby affording the opportunity to view the night sky in all its brilliant wonder.

Water-sports enthusiasts will find the nearby New, Greenbrier, Bluestone and Tug Fork Rivers ideal for swimming, canoeing, fishing, kayaking, tubing, snorkeling, paddle boarding and windsurfing.

Shooting-sports devotees find all the land and privacy needed to enjoy:

  • Paintball-Airsoft-Laser tag-Archery tag
  • Shotgun sport shooting including Skeet, Trap, Double Trap and Sporting Clays
  • Rifle & Handgun shooting: bullseye, silhouette, western, bench rest, long-range, fast draw
  • Archery and Crossbow competition shooting
  • Plain ole’ plinking: Grandpa’s old 22 single shot rifle and a few tin cans make a fun day

All Terrain Motorsports
The property has several forest trails that are perfect for experiencing the property from an ATV or UTV.  These exciting machines handle the wide variety of the forest’s terrain.

Dirt bikes can also be a lot of fun and they come in all sizes and horsepower to fit anyone who enjoys being on two wheels.

Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding and Hiking
The property’s excellent network of trails may be used for conventional and mountain biking, hiking or horseback riding.

Hunting is a first-class experience. White tail deer, black bear, red/gray fox, bobcat, wild turkey, grouse, squirrel, raccoon, fox and rabbit make up the resident wildlife population. It is hard to find a property that has a better mix of wildlife.

HATFIELD-MCCOY TRAILS

The Indian Ridge Trail and the Pocahontas Trail, named sections of the Hatfield/McCoy Recreation Area, transect the Property for some 35 miles. The trail head is located adjacent to the property.

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. 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 the 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.

The Hatfield/McCoy Regional Recreation Authority is a public corporation created by the West Virginia Legislature (WVA Code § 20-14) for the purpose of enabling and facilitating the development and operation of a system of trail-oriented recreational facilities in southern West Virginia, called the Hatfield/McCoy Recreation Area, for use by off-highway vehicle enthusiasts, equestrians, mountain bicyclists, and others in southern West Virginia, with significant portions of the recreational trail system being located on private property made available for public use through lease, license, easement or other appropriate legal form by a willing landowner.

TUG FORK RIVER

Also known as the Tug Fork and Tug River, the Tug Fork River is a winding 159-mile tributary of the Big Sandy River that drains parts of the Cumberland Mountains and a small part of the Allegheny Mountains region in southern and southwestern West Virginia.

The Tug Fork was a significant transportation route through one of the most rugged coal-mining regions in the U.S., providing passage for the Norfolk & Western Railway. The cities of Welch and Williamson were chief centers of industry along its course.

The river rises in southern West Virginia in McDowell County near the Virginia state line approximately 15 miles west of Bluefield, West Virginia. Its source is on Big Stone Ridge near Jenkinjones, West Virginia, the southernmost extent of Great Flat Top Mountain and the Allegheny Mountains. From there, it meanders northwestward in a narrow valley through rugged lowlands near Welch and through the Cumberlands, where, along the edge of Mingo County, it forms the border with Virginia and Kentucky. At Fort Gay, West Virginia, in Wayne County, it joins the Louisa Fork to form the Big Sandy River.

The river formed the informal border between lands possessed by the Hatfields, of West Virginia, and the McCoys, of Kentucky, who fought a legendary feud in the region in the late 1800s.

History of the Tug Fork River
The origin of the name Tug Fork is lost, though two possible sources are derived from native histories and prehistories. According to some sources, the name is derived from the Cherokee word “tugulu,” which refers to the forks of a stream. American toponymist George Rippey Stewart proposed that in 1756 a small army of Virginians and Cherokees raiding Shawnee settlements roasted and ate “tugs” of buffalo meat along the river.

The Tug Fork River empties into the Big Sandy River. The Big Sandy is a tributary of the Ohio River, approximately 29 miles long, in western West Virginia and northeastern Kentucky in the United States. The river forms part of the boundary between the two states along its entire course. Via the Ohio River, it is part of the Mississippi River watershed.

PANTHER WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA

West Virginia’s southernmost state forest, Panther State Wildlife Management Area (WMA) occupies 7,810 rugged acres, and its heavily wooded surroundings offer a range of outdoor amenities.

In-season hunting is welcome with wild turkey, black bear and white tailed deer.

The WMA offers excellent opportunities for fishing. During the spring months, a four-mile section of Panther Creek within the WMA is stocked with trout. West Virginia fishing license with trout stamp is required.

SELF-SUSTAINING LIFE OFF THE GRID

Just like 175 years ago, when the first mountaineers settled the area, the property would be self-sustaining in times of necessity – even without electricity.

  • Fresh water for drinking and cooking would come from springs or a drilled well
  • The forest would provide fresh food (deer, squirrel and turkey)
  • Current open land could be used to raise livestock, vegetable gardens, berry patches, fruit orchards, and row crops of corn, oats and barley
  • Beehives would provide honey and beeswax for candles
  • The forest would provide firewood for heating and cooking, maple syrup and pounds of nuts (beechnuts and hickory nuts)

REGIONAL INFORMATION

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