Agent Contact:
Bill Zimmerman, 304-667-7026

Big Woods on Anglins Creek  is a wild  453-acre +/- multi-use property located in the heart of the New River Gorge recreational mecca, giving access to unlimited recreational opportunities.


  • Anglins Creek, a live water, blue line stream, flows through the property for a total length of about a mile
  • Contiguous 453 +/- acre
  • Current survey on record
  • Lies across the road from the Meadow River
  • Complete to near darkness brilliantly reveals a star filled night sky
  • The one million-acre Monongahela National Forest is nearby
  • Superb recreational opportunities in the heart of the New River Gorge water sports mecca
  • 7 rivers and two lakes are nearby. Rivers include the New, Gauley, Cherry, Meadow, Cranberry, Greenbrier, and Bluestone. Lakes include Summersville Lake and Bluestone Lake
  • 2 dashed line tributary streams of the Meadow River are within the forest
  • Several miles of interior roads and trails combine to reach most ever corner of the property
  • Well suited for outdoor sports: shooting sports, ATV riding, horseback riding, hiking, camping, hunting and nature viewing
  • Rock climbing opportunities-sheer sandstone cliffs, rugged rock outcrops, massive boulders
  • Several areas suitable for residential development. No zoning in the county.
  • The 3,000-acre Summersville Lake and the City of Summersville are within a 15-minute drive
  • 15 minutes to Summersville Hospital
  • Elevations range from 1907 ft. to 2257 ft. +/-
  • Potential conservation value
  • Low taxes, low population density, little or no light pollution
  • Fantastic fishing is found in the 7 rivers and two lakes. Species include small and large mouth bass, crappie, catfish, muskie, walleye, pike, native and stocked trout, and bluegill
  • Area watersports include swimming, canoeing, fishing, kayaking, tubing, snorkeling, paddle boarding, windsurfing and white-water rafting
  • The forest is a steady producer of life-giving Oxygen and silently works to capture carbon
  • Over 40 years of professional forest and wildlife management
  • Harvest-ready hardwood and hemlock timber available to offset holding costs
  • Jet airports and interstates are nearby


Google Coordinates: 38.128459°(N), -80.883370°(W)
Address: Wilderness Highway, Pool, WV 26684.  No 911 address is assigned to property without structures.
Elevation Range: 1907 ft. to 2257 ft. +/-

YOU MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A FOXFIRE REALTY AGENT IN ORDER TO TOUR THIS PROPERTY. Please call Bill Zimmerman at 304-667-7026, or our office at 304-645-7674 to schedule a tour.

Driving Times

Highways and Towns
US 19: 10 minutes
Beckley: 45 minutes
Charleston: 1 hour 20 minutes
Lewisburg: 1 hour
Summersville: 15 minutes

Greenbrier Valley Airport, Lewisburg: 1 hour 10 minutes
Raleigh County Memorial Airport, Beckley: 55 minutes
Summersville Airport: 20 minutes

Summersville Lake, Summersville: 15 minutes
Babcock State Park: 20 minutes
Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park: 20 minutes
New River Gorge Bridge, Fayetteville: 20 minutes
New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, Sandstone: 50 minutes


From Mt. Nebo, WV:  7.2 miles +/- (10 minutes +/-)

From the Go Mart beside US 19 near Mt. Nebo, travel Rt. 41 South 7.2 miles; the gated access road entrance for the western side of the property is on the left.


Anglins Creek, a year-round flowing blue line stream with a series of rapids, runs through the heart of the property for a total length of about 8/10 mile. About ½ mile of the creek has frontage on both sides, while about 3/10 mile at the eastern end of the property has frontage on the southern side of the creek. An un-named dashed blue line stream runs through nearly the center of the southern side of the property for about 4/10 mile before it leaves the property traveling toward its nearby junction with Meadow River. The small eastern tract of the property contains a section of a dashed blue line stream for about 1/10 mile. The dashed blue line streams should have regular water flow, especially during rain events and snow melt.  The property lies across the road from the Meadow River.


All minerals have been reserved by prior deed of record, and the property is being sold SURFACE ONLY.


The property was surveyed in July 2023, and the boundaries are painted. The metes and bounds description and survey plat from that survey were made a part of the owner’s deed. The property is being sold by the boundary and not by the acre.


Water: Public water may be nearby, the Wilderness PSD is within site of the property. A water well could be drilled.
Sewer: Septic systems would need to be installed
Electricity: Available nearby
Telephone: Available nearby
Internet: May be available through cable, satellite or cell phone
Cellphone Coverage: Generally excellent with 5G. (Mountainous terrain can sometimes limit service and some areas may have spotty service).


Access to the main large tract of the property is provided by an easement and right-of-way being 50 feet in width that enters from Wilderness Highway Rt. 41. There are several interior roads and trails of various condition that reach many areas of the property. The small eastern tract is accessed by Lower Anglins Creek Road Rt. 41/9, which, according to the WVDOT road map, is considered as primitive at the tract’s location. The actual road condition may vary.


Nicholas County has no zoning regulations in effect other than those which are 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:


The property has various ages of forestland, with areas of fairly recent harvest to full canopy stands.

(This summary is an estimation of current property use as determined from aerial photography. It is made subject to the estimation of property boundaries and any errors in the interpretation of land use type from the aerial photography utilized.)


Deed Information: DB 558 Pg. 555
Nicholas County, West Virginia
Acreage: 453.39 acres +/-
Real Estate Tax ID/Acreage/Taxes:
Nicholas County (34), West Virginia
Wilderness District (9)
TM 27, Parcels 7, 8, & 24; Class 3

2023 Real Estate Taxes: $1158.34


Nicholas County School District

Public Elementary School:
Mt Nebo Elementary School

Public Middle School:
Summersville Middle School

Public High School:
Nicholas County High School

Nicholas County Career and Technical Center


Big Woods on Anglins Creek offers many recreational opportunities. Numerous soft recreational activities are anchored by the proximity to the recreation mecca of the New River Gorge.

Nature viewing –   Attentive wildlife management has been geared not just to 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-Astrophotography-Starwalking
Complete to semi-complete darkness can 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 lakes and rivers ideal for swimming, canoeing, fishing, kayaking, tubing, snorkeling, paddle boarding and windsurfing. The 3000-acre Summersville Lake is a short drive.  Fishing is popular in the area with species including small and large mouth bass, crappie, catfish, muskie, walleye, pike, stocked and native trout, and bluegill.

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
Big Woods on Anglins Creek has several forest trails that are perfect for experiencing the property from an ATV or UTV, and Rock Crawlers. 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
Along with ATV riding, existing forest 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, duck, 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.


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 2,800 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.


Summersville is the county seat of Nicholas County, West Virginia. Summersville was formed in June 1820, and was primarily a farming community. During the winter of 1864-65, both Union and Confederate armies were encamped in Summersville or nearby. It was during that winter that the town and all its buildings were burned to the ground. Although the war ended soon after, the destruction of the town was discouraging, and citizens were very slow to return and rebuild. By 1884, Summersville was again home to over 100 citizens, and slowly became the commerce center of the county.

Centrally located in the mountains of West Virginia, Summersville offers festivals in the summer and fall. Summersville is easy to navigate and has a large selection of lodgings to match any budget. There are numerous restaurants ranging from fast food to fine dining.

Summersville has many quaint shops that are ideal for browsing and finding the perfect gift or souvenir. There are many primitive shops, specialty shops, antiques, sporting goods, department stores, and collectibles and food items unique to the area. Summersville also offers several “big box” stores including Big Lots, Lowes, Peebles, Sears, Grand Home Furnishings, and Walmart.

There is also a modern hospital and all attendant medical facilities. Summersville Regional Medical Center is located on Route 19 in Summersville, West Virginia. In operation since 1968, SRMC has served Nicholas County and the surrounding area for over four decades and is the second largest employer in the county.


The rivers and lakes are about hour’s drive from the property: Big Woods on Anglins Creek is in the heart of the recreational mecca area encompassing the Gauley River, New River, Greenbrier River, Cherry River, Cranberry River, Meadow, and Bluestone River. Within this vast watershed lies the 3000-acre Summersville Lake and the 2000-acre Bluestone Lake.

Great fishing is found in the rivers and lakes populated with small and large mouth bass, crappie, catfish, muskie, walleye, pike, stocked and native trout, and bluegill.

The New River is the second oldest river in the world, preceded only by the Nile; it is the oldest river in North America. The New River is unique because it begins in Blowing Rock, N.C. and flows north through Virginia into West Virginia. The Nile and Amazon are the only other major rivers that also flow north. Year after year, the New River produces more citation fish than any other warm water river in WV.

Summersville Lake is over 3,000 acres at summer pool and is the state’s largest body of water. Bluestone Lake is over 2000 acres at summer pool and is the state’s third largest body of water.


The property has various ages of forestland, from areas of fairly recent harvest to full canopy stands. The distinguishing features of Big Woods on Anglins Creek’s timber resource is its high hardwood pre-commercial and pole stocking with a solid basal area per acre. 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.

Capital Timber Value and a forest-wide timber inventory have not been established by the owner at this time.

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 White Oak/Chestnut Oak, Red Oak Group, Poplar/Cucumber/Basswood, Sugar Maple/Soft Maple and a host of associate species. There is also a remarkable amount of Hemlock scattered about.

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

Big Woods on Anglins Creek’s timber component has been professionally managed over many decades and consists of age classes ranging from 10 years to 100+ years old.

There are about 180 acres of mature timber stands found throughout the forest ranging from 85 to 100+ year old trees. There are about 270 acres of emerging to midlife aged trees ranging in age from 10 to 40 years old. This younger age timber stand is on the cusp of graduating to higher value sawtimber and veneer diameter classes over the next 30 years.

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.

Some trees are well over 150 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 are present, and the majority of the Ash trees are severely stressed and will die out over the next decade. There have been no forest fires in recent memory.


The mix of mature timber, emerging forests, linear food plots, creeks, and streams creates the perfect wildlife habitat. The property has an excellent mix of wildlife and there has been ongoing game management for many years. The abundance of wildlife can be fully appreciated by spending a few hours hiking, looking at and listening to all the forest has to offer.

The forest produces acorns, hickory nuts, walnuts, wild grapes, blackberries, staghorn sumac, beechnuts, poplar and maple seeds. Because there is such an amazing food source, there is a variety of wildlife, including wild turkey, white tail deer, black bear, raccoon, opossum, rabbit, grouse, coyote, squirrel, chipmunk and bobcat.

The sections of dense forest, with its closed canopy, are home to a variety of songbirds, owls, ravens, buzzards, woodpeckers and hawks. Many of these birds nest in the “den trees”, which are full of holes and cavities. The birds feed on a variety of insects, including hundreds of thousands of small caterpillars that inhabit the upper reaches of the canopy.

A number of Bald Eagles have been spotted up and down the area’s rivers and lakes.  These magnificent birds are a thrill to see with wingspans of 6-7 feet.

A wide variety of insects, reptiles and amphibians are represented across Nature’s spectrum.

The area’s lakes and rivers are contributors to the local ecosystem’s 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 their edges. These may include 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.


Every living tree absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen. Big Woods on Anglins Creek, with hundreds of thousands of trees, is soaking up and storing tons of carbon dioxide, all the while pumping out tons of oxygen each day.

In addition to harvesting timber and hunting leases, there is the potential for the property owner to generate income by leasing their Carbon Credits for nature-based solutions to climate change.

Leases may be entered into for as little as one year. By deferring harvest and letting trees grow older, one year at a time, increases the forest’s capacity to capture carbon.


The most common crops are medicinal herbs and mushrooms. Other crops that can be produced include shade-loving native ornamentals, moss, fruit, nuts, other food crops, and decorative materials for crafts. These crops are often referred to as special forest products.

Here are some specific examples of crops

  • Medicinal herbs: Ginseng, goldenseal, black cohosh, bloodroot, passionflower, and mayapple
  • Mushrooms: Shiitake, Lions Mane, and oyster mushrooms
  • Native ornamentals: Rhododendron, Mountain Laurel, and Dogwood
  • Moss: Log or sheet moss
  • Fruit: Pawpaws, currants, elderberries, and lowbush blueberries
  • Nuts: Black walnuts, hazelnuts, hickory nuts, and beechnuts
  • Other food crops: Ramps (wild leeks), maple syrup, and honey
  • Plants used for decorative purposes, dyes, and crafts: Galax, princess pine, white oak, pussy willow branches in the spring, holly, bittersweet, and bloodroot and ground pine (Lycopodium)


  • Just like 150 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 the creeks or mountain springs
  • The forest would provide fresh food (deer, and turkey)
  • The flat to rolling land could be cleared for agricultural land 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, lumber for building, maple syrup and pounds of nuts (walnuts, beechnuts and hickory nuts)


Big Woods on Anglins Creek lives in one of the most popular outdoor-recreation destination areas in West Virginia — a paradise of natural and cultural amenities found in few other places in the eastern U.S. More than a million visitors toured the region in 2021, according to the National Park Service, White water rafting, climbing rocks, paddling streams, hiking, biking, and running miles of scenic trails. As a result of unrivaled access to recreation, the Boy Scouts of America established its national Jamboree site here on 14,000 acres.

Winter in the mountains attracts yet another recreational clientele — skiers bound for the slopes at Winterplace, a drive of 40 minutes to the south, and Snowshoe Mountain, a drive of two-and-a-half hours to the northeast.

Nearby is Adventures on the Gorge, one of the most enduring and popular adventure resorts in the U.S., a pioneer in the whitewater rafting industry that has helped set the stage for high-end economic development in the region.

As a result of its burgeoning tourism market, the area also enjoys more than its share of singular shops and restaurants, many of which cluster around Fayetteville, a drive of 30 minutes from the property. Other exceptional eateries and retail destinations are located an hour west at Charleston, the state capital, and an hour east at Lewisburg, one of the most livable small towns in the U.S., according to National Geographic. The region is also renowned for great golf with more than a score of area courses, including “The Old White” at the Greenbrier Resort.

The region is easy to access. As remote as the region may seem, an expressway courses through its center, spanning the gorge by way of the New River Gorge Bridge. Interstates 77, 64, and 79 are present in the region.  Amtrak passenger stations on the Chicago-New York route are located in Prince, Hinton, Lewisburg and Charleston. Jet airports are located in Beckley, Charleston and Lewisburg.

Recreation is a high-income producer for the region, renowned for its dramatic landscapes, small communities, and outdoor recreation amenities. White water rafting, the 80,000-acre New River National Park, 4,000 acre Babcock State Park, 9,000 acre Beury Mt. Wildlife Management Area, 14,000 acre Boy Scout High Adventure Camp, ACE Adventures OTG and many other attractions bring the out-of- area and out-of-state population to the area. Along with this, many people want to have a vacation spot, recreation home or other tie to the area. Hunting and fishing is very popular as well as ATV adventuring on the Hatfield-McCoy Trail.


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