Beaver Lick contains 300 acres with $300K timber value, awesome wildlife, trails, surveyed, utilities, city amenities nearby and close to the New River Gorge and 2000 acre Summersville lake

Agent Contact:
Richard Grist, 304.646.8837 or 304.645.7674


  • Super-sized 300-acre parcel surrounded by farmland and large woodland tracts
  • $300,000 in immediately available harvest-ready timber cruised by a professional forester
  • Beaver pond creates an interesting and unique wildlife habitat
  • 15 minutes to Summersville and all town amenities in popular Nicholas County
  • Surveyed and boundary lines painted
  • Convenient to I-77, I-79, US-19, US-60 and jet airports
  • Land legacy of outstanding wildlife management coupled with long-term forest stewardship
  • Boone and Crocket country with exceptional resident wildlife populations
  • Piles of field stone about the old field edges gathered by early mountaineers
  • Bold blue line streams flows for over one mile through the heart of the property
  • Numerous seasonal branches flow during snow melts and rain events
  • Superior access provided by two state-maintained county roads
  • One mile of private forest management road wind through the property on gentle grades suitable for future cabin or home driveway
  • Miles of interior trails provide access to nearly every corner of the property
  • Located in the heart of New River Gorge recreation area for all water recreation enthusiasts
  • Nearby is the New River, Gauley River and 3000-acre Summersville Lake
  • Spectacular long-range views
  • High percentage of commercially – operable ground supporting forestry, recreation and potential for numerous future cabin sites
  • Elevations range from 2243’ to 2100’
  • Electric and phone onsite with excellent cell phone coverage and 4G
  • Potential conservation value
  • Low taxes, low population density, little or no light pollution


Google Coordinates: 38.266820°(N), -80.721431°(W)

Address: Trimble Road RT 39/4, Nettie, WV 26681.  No 911 address is assigned to property without structures.

Elevation Range: 2096 ft. to 2406 ft. +/-


Timber Inventory and the Capital Timber value is estimated by a professional forester to be approximately $300,000 containing some 1,525,000 board feet of timber.

SPECIES #Volume         (Doyle Rule) # MBF VALUE
Ash 10 $100 $1,000
Cherry 16 $500 $8,000
Beech 3 $25 $75
Birch 52 $75 $3,900
Black Oak 41 $240 $9,840
Basswood 10 $100 $1,000
Chestnut Oak 197 $175 $34,475
Cucumber 33 $175 $5,600
Hemlock 157 $75 $11,775
Hickory 28 $100 $2,800
Sugar Maple 63 $250 $15,750
Miscellaneos 12 $25 $300
Red Maple 311 $175 $54,425
Red Oak 94 $325 $30,550
Scarlet Oak 178 $250 $44,500
Yellow Poplar 320 $175 $56,175
Subtotal Hardwood 1,525MM $280,165
Hardwood Pulpwood 10,000 tons $20,000
TOTAL $300,165

The property is predominately comprised of full canopy stands stocked with mature timber. The distinguishing feature of the Beaver Lick’s Forest timber resource is its unusually high hardwood and hemlock commercial and pole stocking size with a solid basal area per acre. This stocking is well above average for the region. 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.

The forest’s predominately well-drained upland terrain has led to a resource dominated by hardwood and hemlock. Overall, the species composition is highly desirable and favors Appalachian hardwood types, consisting primarily of White Oak/Chestnut Oak, Red Oak Group, Poplar/Cucumber/Basswood, Sugar Maple/Soft Maple and a host of associate species.

Forest-wide, most stands are fully stocked, providing the next ownership with a great deal of flexibility in shaping their own silvicultual legacy. Stem quality forest-wide can be considered excellent with the forest containing an abundant current and future veneer source.

Beaver Lick’s timber component has been professionally managed over the years and generally consists of two age classes managed under even-aged silvicultural guidelines. The first stand is comprised of long-ago abandoned farm fields that have naturally been restocked with pioneer species of poplar, locust and hickory. The second distinct stand has been managed for several decades using selective harvests under the guidance of professional foresters. This stand contains 40 to 125-year-old stems ranging in size of 12-30” dbh and is ready for immediate commercial harvest.

Diameters are well represented across the commercial and pre-commercial spectrum with a notable mature size class, as well as abundant pole size timber and growing stock. Average diameter with all products combined has not been determined.

Some trees are well over 100 years old and classify as “Heritage Trees”. These amazing trees have withstood the test of time and lend an air of grace and permanency to the property.

The forest is healthy and there are no signs of pest infestations of Gypsy Moth. The Emerald Ash Borer and the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid is present and all the Ash and some of the Hemlock trees are stressed and will continue to die out or decline over the coming years. There have been no forest fires in the recent memory.


Beaver Lick is renowned locally as a premier wildlife sanctuary in Nicholas County.  Otter, beaver and fisher, as well as blue heron, raccoon, opossum and chipmunk have been spotted in and along the major creeks and beaver pond. The creeks and pond support minnows, crawdads, frogs, salamanders, newts, june bugs and all types of aquatic invertebrates.

The mixture of mature forest, abandoned farm fields, coupled with the abundant water supply from creeks, beaver pond and springs, create the perfect wildlife habitat. The hardwood forest produces tons of acorns, hickory nuts beech nuts and black walnuts. White tail deer, wild turkey, black bear, coyote, squirrel, raccoon, bobcat, fox and many species of songbirds and raptors make up the resident wildlife population. It is hard to find a property that has a better mix of wildlife as there has been excellent wildlife management for many years. The interior trails and access road create a linear food plot stocked with blackberry & raspberry bushes, native grasses and browse-ready herbaceous plants.

Several bald eagles have been spotted up and down the Gauley and New Rivers and are a thrill to see with wingspans of 6-7 feet.


There is ongoing beaver activity on the property and the current pond spills across from the neighboring property onto the Beaver Lick property. The beavers are no respecters of boundary lines and the pond and wetlands crossover the two property’s boundary line. It is thought most of the upper pond area is on the adjoining property with the lower wetlands and bogs located downstream of the dam being on the Beaver Lick property. Of course, the beavers could at any time decide to move downstream and reestablish the old lower dam and create a much larger pond. No one knows what beavers will do.
The beaver pond and its surrounding aquatic plant life create a water supported community with a wide variety of wildlife. Much of the margin of the pond is fringed by wetlands, and these wetlands support the aquatic food web, provide shelter for wildlife, and stabilize the shore of the pond. The plant life associated with the wetland includes rushes, sedges, cattails, duckweed and algae.

There are many animals that live in the water and around the edges of the pond including beaver, otters, mink, raccoons, opossums, blue herons, Canada geese, wood ducks, mallards, minnows, stocked fish, turtles, salamanders, newts, crayfish, muskrat, bull frogs, and redwing blackbirds.


Various mineral rights have been either reserved or conveyed by prior deeds of record, and the property is being sold SURFACE ONLY.


The property has been surveyed, and a survey plat was recorded in the Nicholas County Land Records. Property boundaries are painted. The property is being sold by the boundary and not by the acre.


Water: City water is available on Ward Road (not verified)
Sewer: Private septic can be installed
Electricity and Telephone: Available onsite
Internet: May be possible through phone line, cable or Satellite Internet (not verified)
Cellphone Coverage: Good with 4G


Hughey Creek and two other a blue line streams run through the property for over a mile. Additionally, there are several intermittent streams that are active during periods of rainfall or snow melt.

There is current beaver activity on the property creating bogs, ponds and wetlands.


Several miles of internal roads and trails offer excellent access to all corners of the property. Trimble Road (CR39/4), which runs to and through the property, connects to the Ward Road (CRand State Route 39 providing access to the public road system.


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:


Timber production, recreation, wildlife conservation, carbon sequestration.


Deed Information: DB 448 Pg. 701

Nicholas County, West Virginia
Acreage: 300.60 acres +/-

Real Estate Tax ID/Acreage/Taxes:

Nicholas County (34), West Virginia
Kentucky District (5)

Tax Map 14 Parcel 1; 300.60 ACS SUR KENTUCKY DIST; Class 2; 2018 Real Estate Taxes $1204.48

2018 Real Estate Taxes: $1204.48


Nicholas County School District:
Summersville Elementary School
Summersville Middle School
Nicholas County High School


Superb water quality and sheer sandstone cliffs make the 3000 acre 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.

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.

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- 90 min Clarksburg- 90 min.
  • Modern schools
  • Rich logging and mining history
  • Modern hospital at Summersville



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