BEAR TRAK CABIN

Agent Contact:
Bill Zimmerman, 304-667-7026

BEAR TRACK CABIN is a 32 +/- acre property located in Monroe County, West Virginia, just 3 miles from the Moncove Lake Wildlife Management Area. The proximity to Moncove Lake makes a wonderful addition to this tract, offering outdoor activities right at your fingertips in the forest and the lake. Moncove Lake State Forest offers a swimming beach, fishing, boating, and in-ground swimming pool, hunting, hiking and many other activities. The cabin is set up for a hunting lodge that could very well be transformed into a vacation home, with kitchen, bath, living room and dining room, together with two large bedrooms in the loft of the cabin. The cabin is wired for electricity, but no on-site electricity is available, and the power sources would need to come from solar power or a generator. There is a well on the property that can either work with electricity or by hand pump. There is a large deck on the back of the cabin that overlooks the Jefferson National Forest in the distance. The cabin is located approximately two miles off Rt. 8, which goes to Moncove Lake and is very secluded and private.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 32 +/- acres
  • Ideal weekend getaway
  • 16′ x 20′ 2-story cabin
  • Living room, kitchen, and one bathroom downstairs
  • Two bedrooms upstairs
  • 12′ x 20′ back deck
  • Covered 6′ x 8′ front porch
  • Water well
  • Septic system installed
  • Great hunting nearby in Jefferson National Forest and also at Greenbrier State Forest
  • Very secluded and private

LOCATION

Google Coordinates: 37.628643°(N), -80.316280°(W)
Address: Off Moncove Lake Road RT 8, Gap Mills, WV 24941; No 911 address is assigned to a property without a full-time home.
Elevation Range: 2566 ft. to 2996 ft. +/-

WILDLIFE

Years of progressive wildlife management practices by the State of West Virginia at nearby Moncove Lake Wildlife Management Area have created an essential wildlife preserve.  Early on, MLWMA goals promoted overall wildlife health, facilitated the harvest of game, developed wildlife viewing areas, increased carrying capacity, and increased species diversity.

The Bear Trak Cabin property  has a mixture of mature hardwood species.  The diverse tree species, coupled with abundant water supply from the seasonal creeks and springs, create a perfect wildlife habitat.  The creeks, hollows, ridges, rock outcroppings and forest, are the textbook habitat benefiting all the resident wildlife, bald eagles, whitetail deer, black bear, wild turkey, squirrels, rabbits, bobcats, raccoons, foxes and many species of songbirds, owls, and raptors make up the resident wildlife population.  The hardwood forest provides an essential nutrient source and produces tons of hard mass including acorns, hickory nuts, beechnut, and black walnuts.  Soft mass includes sage horns, black cherry, tulip poplar seeds, maple seeds, autumn olive berries, and blackberries.

FOREST/TIMBER RESOURCES

Bear Trak Cabin is composed of quality Appalachian hardwood, white pine, and hemlock.  Capital timber value of the timber and pulpwood has not been determined at this time but is considered a long-term investment.

MONCOVE LAKE STATE PARK

Moncove Lake State Park offers a peaceful setting for families to enjoy the outdoors. The park is a popular destination for outdoor social gatherings, quiet strolls, camping and water recreation. This 250-acre park contains a larger, 500-acre wildlife management area. Located in the hills of the southeastern edge of the state, near Union in Monroe County, the park offers many opportunities for fishing, hunting, boating, swimming, birdwatching and hiking.

The Moncove Lake area was established in 1960, following the damming of Devil Creek in eastern Monroe County. The lake was built as part of the Moncove Lake Hunting and Fishing Area. In 1991, 250 acres were set aside as a state park. The remainder of the land continues to be managed as a wildlife management area. The park has since been expanded to 896 acres. The park sits on the shores of 144-acre Moncove Lake, and underneath the flyway of the Fall Hawk migration.

Moncove Lake State Park’s campground includes 48 tent and trailer sites, 25 of which have electric hookups. There are picnic tables and fire rings with grill surfaces, drinking water, a dump station and a central bathhouse with showers. Firewood is available for purchase upon your arrival. West Virginia State Park campground reservations are available from Memorial Day through Labor Day each year. Campgrounds are open on a first-come, first-serve basis through October 31.

Three picnic shelters are available to reserve, fully equipped with grills and tables. Playgrounds, restroom facilities, and a swimming pool open from Memorial Day to Labor Day will make your gathering complete!

More than 160 species of birds have been seen around Moncove Lake. The area is a birding hot spot due to nearby Peter’s Mountain and the ridge-and-valley section of the Appalachian Mountains. These ridges act as funnels for birds migrating in the fall and present excellent chances to glimpse birds that are considered rare or unusual for this region. On Peter’s Mountain during peak days in September, Broad Winged hawks are counted by the hundreds, and migrating hawks of nearly every eastern species and numerous songbirds can be seen throughout the month of September and into October. Witness the annual migration of birds of prey as they travel the eastern flyway passing through Monroe County, WV. Migration typically begins in early September through October, however, late September usually brings the most sightings.

THE SURROUNDING AREA

The charming village of Union, which is the Monroe County seat, is less than a 20 minute drive. Banking, healthcare facilities, drugstore, grocery shopping, farm center, auto parts store and a great family restaurant are readily available. Some of the friendliest people in West Virginia can be found in Monroe County. Monroe County has a population of about 13,000 residents and does not have a stoplight and has more cattle and sheep than people. There are no fast food restaurants but there is the local restaurant, “Kalico Kitchen”, in downtown Union that is packed each morning for breakfast and then again for lunch.

Lewisburg, which is the Greenbrier County seat, was voted the Coolest Small Town in American in 2011 and is just a 45 minute drive to the thriving downtown historic district. The downtown boasts a year round live theatre, Carnegie Hall, several fabulous restaurants, antique shops and boutiques. There is also a modern hospital and all attendant medical facilities along with all the big box stores.

The Greenbrier County Airport, which has WV’s longest runway, is located just 30 minutes away and has daily flights to Atlanta and Washington DC. The world famous Greenbrier Resort is less than an hour’s drive and Snowshoe Ski Resort is about 2 hours’ drive. Covington, Virginia is about 50 minutes awan, Roanoke, Virginia, is 90 minutes, DC is 4 hours and Charlotte, North Carolina is 3 hours away.

The Greenbrier resort features an ever-expanding schedule of public events.  In 2014, the resort recently opened a new $30 million training facility for the professional and collegiate football teams.  A 2500-seat tennis stadium to host professional matches was opened in 2015.

MINERAL RESOURCES

West Virginia is one of the states in the US that has two ownership titles, those being SURFACE RIGHTS and MINERAL RIGHTS. A title search for mineral rights ownership has not been conducted. All rights the owner has will convey with the property. A mineral title search could be conducted by a title attorney at the same time when the surface title search is being conducted.

BOUNDARIES AND SURVEY

The property was surveyed in May 1981. The property is being sold by the boundary and not by the acre.

UTILITIES

Water:  Well
Sewer:  Installed septic system
Electricity:  Available only by generator or solar power
Telephone:  Landline service is not available
Internet:  Available from HughesNet or similar service provider
Cellphone Coverage:   Fair

ACCESS/FRONTAGE

The property has a deeded right-of-way, providing access to the public road system.

ZONING

There is currently no county zoning in Monroe County. All prospective purchasers are encouraged to contact the Monroe County Health Department for answers regarding installation of septic systems and water wells. Further information on county zoning may be answered by contacting the Monroe County Commission.

DEED AND TAX INFORMATION

Deed Information: DB 217 Pg. 55, and DB 221 Pg. 338
Monroe County, West Virginia

Acreage: 32.22 acres +/-
Real Estate Tax ID/Acreage/Taxes:

Monroe County (32), West Virginia
Sweet Springs District (6)

Tax Map 7 Parcel 34; BEAR TRAK LOT 55 15.22 AC; Class 2; 2019 Real Estate Taxes $262.12
Tax Map 13 Parcel 3.11; BEAR TRAK LOT 35 17 AC; Class 3; 2019 Real Estate Taxes $318.62

2019 Real Estate Taxes: $580.74

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Monroe County School District
Public Elementary School:
Mountain View Elementary School

Public Middle School:
Mountain View Middle School

Public High School:
James Monroe High School

REGIONAL INFORMATION