Home and 44.05 acres bordering the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve providing direct access to the Park.

Agent Contact:
Jeff Marple, 304.667.3824


Chestnut MountainLife at 90 Brier Ridge Road, Hinton, WV 25951 is a pleasant 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom 1 story ranch house with 2 car detached garage. Includes nice sized barn and 2 outbuildings situated along the slopes of Chestnut Mountain where at over 2900 feet in elevation. One of the tallest summits in Summers County, the heart of Southeastern West Virginia. Beautiful mostly wooded 44.05 acres with over a 2400 foot border along The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve providing direct access to the park. Property also borders The Three Rivers Avian Center.

Chestnut MountainLife is minutes from Sandstone Falls, the largest waterfall on the New River, Sandstone Falls spans the river where it is 1500 feet wide with drops over 10 to 25 feet. If shopping is more appealing then you’re just minutes away from the Hinton Historical District with great places to shop, dine, relax, and be entertained. Enjoy a day strolling the brick streets, discovering new shops and old architecture, all while admiring the mountains and rivers that surround you.

An ideal adventure destination with 3 access points to the New River. All three dedicated National Park access areas to the mighty New River are within five to ten minutes from the property. Brooks Falls, Laurel Creek and Meadow Creek river access boat ramps are within minutes from the Chestnut MountainLife property. Possibilities for cabins, campsites and recreation.

A perfect tribute to all that is Wild and Wonderful about West Virginia. Chestnut MountainLife location offers it all from hunting, hiking, water sports, ATV riding, as well as a landscape full of four seasons color.

  • Quiet rural community with farms and woods.
  • Dark skies with little light pollution for star and planet gazing.
  • Native sedges, rushes, ferns, songbirds, frogs, turtles, crawdads all enjoy the creeks and their rocky edges.
  • Located in Summers County line, less than less 10 minutes to nearest New River access point..
  • Wildlife is very abundant with deer, turkey, bobcat, coyote, fox, rabbit, and squirrel.
  • Winged wildlife includes eagles, hawks, grouse, turkey, owls, ravens, and Neotropical songbirds.


Google Coordinates: 37.760098°(N), -80.889761°(W)
Address: 90 Brier Ridge Road, Hinton, WV 25951
Elevation Range: 1705 ft. to 2412 ft. +/-


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.


The property is shown on a composite survey plat of divided property.  A metes and bounds description from that survey is shown in the owners’ deed.  The property is being sold by the boundary and not by the acre.


Summers County currently has no known zoning or subdivision regulations. However, all prospective buyers should consult the County Government and also the Health Department for any changes and details regarding zoning, building codes, and installation of water wells and septic systems.


Deed Information: DB 194 Pg. 367
Summers County, West Virginia
Acreage: 44.05 acres +/-

Real Estate Tax ID/Acreage/Taxes:
Summers County (45), West Virginia
Green Sulphur District (3)
Tax Map 20 Parcel 97.2; Class 2

2020 Total Real Estate Taxes: $214


Summers County School District

Public Elementary School:
Hinton Area Elementary School

Public Middle School:
Summers County Middle School

Public High School:
Summers County High School


HINTON is the southern gateway to New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. The town has a large historic district, railroad museum, antique shops, and restaurants. After crossing the bridge at Hinton you will begin driving alongside the New River down River Road. There are great riverside vistas on this favorite route for a casual drive along the waterfront.   Boaters, motorcyclists, fishermen and vehicle cruises on the roadway and the river are a common sight.  Nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny mountains lies a place where the rivers flow and the eagles soar. A place where small town charm is around every corner and outdoor recreation is the norm. A place where porch sitting is earned after days spent hiking, biking, boating, and fishing. It is a place that remembers its past and looks towards the future.

NEW RIVER GORGE NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE is known for its 53 miles of free-flowing whitewater that cuts through sandstone cliffs towering as high as 1,000 feet in the air. It boasts class III through V rapids and plenty of boulders to keep even the most experienced rafters engaged. The upper part of the river is calmer and more welcoming to new rafters. The area also boasts more than 1,500 climbing routes, as well as a 12.8-mile system of mountain bike trails built by the Boy Scouts. The New River Gorge itself is about an hour’s drive from Charleston, West Virginia. It encompasses about 70,000 acres marked with trailheads and visitor centers, and another 65,000 for backcountry hunting. White-tailed deer, river otters, and bald eagles are among the wildlife regularly spotted here. The Gorge is also one of the most popular rock climbing areas on the east coast. Over 1400 rock climb routes, around the gorge rim, are carved into a very hard Nuttall sandstone. Climbs range from 30 to 120 feet with the majority of routes for the advanced, but traditional and sport climbs are also available.


The largest waterfall on the New River, Sandstone Falls spans the river where it is 1500 feet wide. Divided by a series of islands, the river drops 10 to 25 feet. One of the most visited natural landmarks of the New River Gorge is Sandstone Falls. Here, the broad river thunders over a thick shelf of Stony Gap Sandstone, creating one of the Seven Natural Wonders of West Virginia. An area of continuous sheets of sandstone. Classified as an Appalachian Flatrock Ecosystem, the broad ledges extend upstream for more than 12 miles.

Sandstone Falls marks the transition zone of the New River from a broad river of large bottomlands, to a narrow mountain river roaring through a deep boulder strewn V- shaped gorge. The falls form the dramatic starting line for the New Rivers final rush trough the New River Gorge to its confluence with the Gauley River to form the Kanawha River. The Sandstone Falls Overlook provides an aerial view of the falls from 600 feet above the river. Brooks Overlook looks down on the mile-long Brooks Island, a perennial bald eagle nesting site.

The SandStone Falls Boardwalk begins by crossing a short bridge that spans a manmade channel that once diverted water for a water powered gristmill used for grinding the local farmers corn and wheat. The first island offers a view of the lower falls, the one half mile Island Loop Trail, and one of the most unique botanical ecosystems in West Virginia, the Appalachian riverside flat rock plant community. This community is found in only five areas in the state and consists of several southern plant species that have migrated along the north flowing New River and have adapted to the thin rock strewn soil and occasional scouring floods on this elevated island below the falls.

Sandstone Falls was created by the powerful flow of the New River eroding the soft conglomerate rock layer that lies below the hard sandstone layer from which the falls gets its name. Through eons of time as the river washed away the conglomerate beneath the harder sandstone, the precipice of the falls and the great boulders below were created. The falls are still a dynamic geological environment as slowly but surely the falls, through time are advancing upstream.

A journey to Sandstone Falls provides a rare riverside scenic drive, the beautiful falls, and the dramatic interface of the New River’s transformation from a broad mountain stream into a raging whitewater gorge in its final descent through the Appalachian Mountains.


Located 10 minutes from the Chestnut MountainLife property you will find Grandview at New River National Park. Aptly named “Grandview”, this park hosts many opportunities to see the beautiful scenery around the New River Gorge. Grandview provides some of the most dramatic scenery found in the park and is a popular place for hiking, picnicking, and sight seeing. Grandview is a peaceful place to relax and unwind while enjoying outstanding views of the New River. From 1400 feet above the river at Main Overlook, visitors are rewarded with one of the most outstanding views in the park. On a clear day you can see directly into the heart of New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, including seven miles of the New River and its watershed. From Main Overlook visitors can also get a glimpse of some of the gorge’s unique cultural history. From here you see an active railway and the town of Quinnimont, where the first coal was shipped out of the gorge in 1873.

Grandview is a great place to see the spectacular displays of The West Virginia State Flower the “Rhododendrons” that bloom here every spring. The purple Catawba rhododendrons bloom in mid-May, while the great white rhododendrons bloom in July. Also found at the park will be the West Virginia State bird the male Red Cardinal a colorful representative of our state.  The legislature officially adopted the black bear as the state animal of West Virginia on March 23, 1973. Black bears are found in all of West Virginia’s 55 counties.  Other official animals of the state are the brook trout, honeybee, and the Monarch Butterfly

Grandview includes overlooks of the New River, a visitor center, five hiking trails, ranger-led walks and talks, summer outdoor dramas, and picnic areas with playgrounds. Grandview is home to Theatre West Virginia, which features outdoor drama presentations from June through August such as  Alice at Wonderland, Oklahoma, Honey in the Rock, Tarzan, The Hatfields and McCoys, Annie, Trumpet in the Land, Romeo and Juliet, The Wizard of Oz,  Rocket Boys, Grease, Footloose,  and many more.  Each year a series is scheduled for live outdoor dramas in the park amphitheater.  Every year is a fun filled season with audiences cast and crew all in the heart of the park.   Natures backdrop.

Since 1961, “Honey in the Rock,”  the beloved outdoor musical drama  has kept the state’s story alive, performed each summer for thousands of West Virginians and tourists.  GrandView is (West Virginians’) state theater.  “There are beautiful theaters in several places in West Virginia, quality work, but this theater was built as the only place you can come to see the History in West Virginia. This plays a special role in southern West Virginia, because it tells our story.

Grandview was originally a part of the West Virginia State Park system. In 1939, the state of West Virginia purchased 52 acres of land at Grandview to develop a day use park. The Civilian Conservation Corps built roads, shelters, and a picnic area, all still in use today. Construction began in 1960 on the 1200-seat Cliffside Amphitheater. The children’s playgrounds, recreation area, and additional walkways were built from 1961 to 1964. After more than 50 years as one of West Virginia’s most popular state parks, Grandview was transferred to the National Park Service in 1990.  In 2020 GrandView Became part of the New River National Park Service.  America’s Newest National Park. Rightfully the “New” as many have and will always refer to the New River.

Aptly named “Grandview”, this park hosts many opportunities to see the beautiful scenery around the New River Gorge. There are also picnic shelters, a nice play area that includes a volleyball court and basketball court, and clean restrooms (with running water). The trails are clearly marked, with at least two main options to catch nice views, and also an easily accessible main overlook that is close to the main parking lot. The Turkey Spur Overlook can be accessed by a road, or visitors can walk the trail along the canyon rim from the main overlook. The trail is wide enough for at least a couple of people, and is well-maintained with gravel along most of it. Most of it winds through beautiful rhododendron bushes, creating an interesting “tunnel” effect. Turkey Spur has some steps to climb, but the view is worth the climb. From the top, you can see the Amtrak station at Prince and the historic Thurmond area below.

There is more to the newest National Park than the New River Gorge bridge. This former state park is now one of the must visits of the NPS. Here you have good hiking and fabulous overlooks. It also is a good balance for all skill and activity levels. Many of the overlooks at the main visitor center are easily accessible for ADA and young and old hikers. However, if you want a more active hike with rocks and ups and downs, go below the rim for the castle or tunnel trail. They are very exerting and they have great views of the cliffs that support the overlooks. However, the MUST SEE at Grandview, whether you drive or hike is Turkey Spur. Yes, there are a few stairs but the views from here on 3 sides are the best in the park, especially the bend in the river to the north. This is the only place you can view the river to the north.

Grandview is a MUST SEE. 
West Virginia is a Fantastic state to live, play and work.
Welcome Home to “The Mountain State”
The Mountains Are Calling

Summers County: Local Summers County Festivals are a popular event. Appropriately named, the Water Festival is held every summer, along with Railroad Days, Festival of the River Music, John Henry Festival (Talcott) and more.  Historic Hinton offers walking tours, an amphitheater, cafes, museums, boutiques, fine dining, a movie theatre and a cultural center all among turn of the century architecture. Several streets in Hinton are paved with the original brick from bygone days.  Driving over the bricks while passing the Iconic Churches, Victorians, Romanesque, Greek Revival, Georgian and other classic architecture is like riding through a living museum.

Bring your fishing pole and your boat. If you forget them no worries –  One of the largest Outdoor Outfitters Supply Stores in the area is also located in Hinton.


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