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Joyce L. Surbaugh, 304.660.8000


Brooks, WV.  Secluded New River Gorge Mountain Cabin and 60 Acres. Forested land, Mountain Spring, Wildlife, fresh air and Nature.  Located on Chestnut Mountain High above the New River. Elevation 2600 Feet.  345 Coyote Way Hinton, WV 24951.

Gateway to the New River Gorge National Park.  America’s Newest National Park. Two bedroom, one bath Cabin in the Woods built in 2014.  Hemlock Siding, Metal Roof, Power, good cell phone service.  50 x 40 Garage with metal roof, concrete floor and power built in 2017.  Very Private Property.


  • 60+/- deeded acres
  • 15 minutes to the New River at Brooks Access.
  • One of Summers County’s most secluded mountain cabins
  • 10-40 min to Beckley, Princeton, Lewisburg, 80,000 acre New River Gorge National Park, 2,000 acre Bluestone Lake, Pipestem Resort and Bluestone State Park, Sandstone Falls, Winterplace Ski Resort and the 4-Star Greenbrier Resort, 3000 acre Summersville Lake
  • A picturesque Amtrak train ride from Hinton or White Sulphur Springs connects the area to DC, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and many other locations
  • Washington, DC is 5 hours and Charlotte 3 hours
  • Charleston, Beckley, Lewisburg airports offer jet service to main hubs
  • Charleston, the state capitol, is 1.5 hours’ drive and offers all large city amenities
  • Easy access to I-64, I-77, I-79, US 460, US 19
  • The Bechtel Summit Reserve, the12,000 acre Boy Scouts of America’s high adventure camp (50 min)
  • The 14,000 acre Bluestone Wildlife Management Area is just up river at Hinton.
  • All mineral rights in title will convey
  • Rich and diverse resident wildlife population unrivaled in the region
  • Wildlife program enhances habitat, increases diversity, promotes health of the resident wildlife
  • A rewarding permaculture lifestyle can be easily developed
  • Agricultural grasses and the forest produce Oxygen and sequester carbon dioxide
  • Cell phone coverage is excellent in most areas with 4G service
  • Darkest of skies with little light pollution for star-planet gazing & astrophotography
  • Fur bearing – deer, black bear, squirrel, rabbit, bobcat, raccoon, fox, chipmunk, opossum
  • Winged wildlife – eagles, hawks, owls, ravens, turkeys and Neotropical songbirds
  • Perfect for recreational activities including shooting sports, ATV riding, horseback riding, hiking, camping, hunting and nature viewing
  • Low taxes, low population density
  • exceptional quality of life values


  • Built in 2014
  • Views from every window.  Very ambient home. Natural light flows throughout.
  • 648 sq. ft.
  • Large covered front porch and side porch
  • Mountain living at its very best.
  • Open floor plan. Two Bedroom. One Bath.
  • Exterior: Hemlock
  • Large outdoor stone firepit.
  • Garden area.
  • Outdoor living space.
  • Metal Roof
  • Heating  – Wood and Propane
  • Drilled Water Well
  • Septic System
  • kitchen with oak cabinets
  • Vaulted Ceiling
  • 50×40 Garage with concrete floor, metal roof, power.  Three large Bays.  Roll up industrial doors

Like a long lost friend its good to be back home again.

It is said that all roads lead to West Virginia and in a way that is true. Once you have traveled about West Virginia you will always remember the mountains.    There is a saying here that    “The Mountains Are Calling”.   Everyone always comes back to West Virginia.  Often just looking at the mountains brings thoughts of “What would it be like to blaze a trail, build a cabin and live on a West Virginia mountain?”  The excitement of a Cabin in the Big Woods and the adventures found there are part of our American Culture.

Back Home in the BackWoods.  Fire softly burning and the little things that make a house a home.  Warm and truly like a long lost friend this Wonderful Cabin features private drive, wildlife, hiking, peace, tranquility, charm and the spice of Mountain Life .   Mineral rights convey.


Google Coordinates: 37.746791°(N), -80.852718°(W)
Address: 345 Coyote Way, Hinton, WV 25951
Elevation Range: 2477 ft. to 2894 ft. +/-


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 in each category that are currently being cultivated:

  • Medicinal herbs: Ginseng, goldenseal, black cohosh, bloodroot, passionflower, and mayapple
  • Mushrooms: Shiitake and oyster mushrooms
  • Native ornamentals: Rhododendrons 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)


Rare Gems and Minerals in West Virginia

  • Surprisingly, West Virginia is a fantastic state for those interested in hunting minerals due to its large amounts of coal deposits.
  • West Virginia can be a fun state for both novice and expert seekers due to the abundance and variety available
  • Sapphires, geodes, crystals, quartz can be found along with others.  Abundant rocks and resources for searching.


Deed Information: DB 243 Pg. 229
Summers County, West Virginia
Acreage: 62.587 acres +/-

Real Estate Tax ID/Acreage/Taxes:
Summers County (45), West Virginia
Green Sulphur District (3)
Tax Map 27 Parcel 13, Class 3 and Tax Map 27 Parcel 23, Class 2

2020 Total Real Estate Taxes: $604


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

Concord University (nearby in Mercer County)


The Newest National Park in America at your back door…   Just a short 15 minute drive from the property will take you to the amazing New River National Park.  An awe inspiring visit that is sure to bring a new experience each and every time. Once you see it, it’s something you’ll never forget. Rock climbers have long prized the sandstone cliffs of West Virginia’s New River Gorge, which was designated as a national park and preserve in December 2020.  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.  There are moments, as you drift through the deep canyon walls of the New River Gorge, when it feels like you’ve got the whole world to yourself. It’s just you and the river, littered with massive, prehistoric boulders that were here when the coal mining camps were built, and the fur trading posts before them, and the Shawnee and Cherokee villages before those. In a river that geologists say could be one of the world’s oldest, you can lose yourself in time. Then the current picks up, and you’re back to paddling like mad, navigating the chutes and eddies of heart-pounding white water.  Since the 1960s, West Virginia’s New River Gorge has drawn adventure seekers to its rapids and rock walls, and those rafters and climbers have long considered it a hidden gem. But the curtain is being drawn back on the canyon, because part of it has become America’s 63rd national park. New River Gorge National River’s 72,186 acres is just like its name “New”.   The Newest National Park and Preserve in America.

We call West Virginia “Wild and Wonderful,” and this certainly is. 

Nearest Coyote Way Cabin River Access point — New River boat Ramp at Brooks Falls. Class III rapids. 


Located 25 minutes from the Coyote Way 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

Many mountain peaks surround the Coyote Way Property.  The general direction of the cabin is facing south.  From a birdseye view the cabin faces New River upstream toward Hinton and the BlueStone Dam.  Listed are several of the nearby Mountain names.

Mountains to the South

  • Wolf Creek Mountain
  • Bald Knob
  • Sasafras Knob
  • Ballangee Knob
  • Bluestone Mountain
  • Cave Ridge
  • Chestnut Mountain
  • Bear Wallow Ridge
  • Indian Ridge
  • Big Bend Mountain
  • Judson Mountai

Mountains to the East

  • Muddy Creek Mountain
  • Elk Knob
  • Leefs Knob
  • Red Spring Mountain
  • Keeney Mountain

Mountains to the North

  • Big Swell Mountain
  • Buffalo Knob
  • Walnut Ridge
  • BeeLick Knob

Mountains to the West

  • Gwinns Mountain
  • Irish Mountain
  • Backus Mountain
  • Davy Knob
  • Hump Mountain
  • Freezeland Mountain
  • White Oak Mountain
  • Smith Mountain

FIVE RIVERS AND TWO LAKES (within an hour’s drive)

The New River Gorge was a vast and largely unsettled wilderness until the C&O railroad was built on the eastern side of the river in the 1880’s. The railroad opened up the rich coalfields and virgin timber stands of the region. Early “mountaineers” settled the area and soon were carving out mountain farms and raising families.

All rivers and lakes are within an easy one hour’s drive from the property: Coyote Way is located in the heart of the recreational mecca area encompassing the New River, Greenbrier River, Gauley River, Cherry River and Bluestone River. Within this vast watershed lies the 2000-acre Bluestone Lake and 3000 acre Summersville Lake.

The nearby New River, Greenbrier River, Summersville Lake, and Bluestone Lake are major contributors to the local ecosystem 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 rivers/lake, 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.

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

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, it produces more citation fish than any other warm water river in WV. Smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, sunfish, hybrid striped bass, and muskie are all common species of fish found in the New River and Bluestone Lake.

Bluestone Lake is over 2000 acres at summer pool and is the state’s third largest body of water. Great hunting and fishing opportunities abound at the 17,632-acre Bluestone Wildlife Area adjacent to the park and nearby Camp Creek State Forest. Summersville Lake is over 3,000 at summer pool and is the state’s largest body of water.

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 and hawks.

Stargazing-Planet Observation

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

Water-sports enthusiasts will find the nearby Greenbrier River ideal for swimming, canoeing, fishing, kayaking, tubing, snorkeling, paddle boarding and windsurfing. The New River also a short 20 minute drive is an exciting rafting and kayaking adventure destination.  Fishing is noted to be some of the best in the Northeast.

Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding and Hiking

The gently laying land may be used for conventional and mountain biking, hiking or horseback riding

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 land offers many opportunities perfect for experiencing the property from an ATV or UTV. These exciting machines handle the wide variety 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.

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.

Adventure   Shining sunbeams and one-of-a-kind-adventures await this summer. Find tranquil trails, cool off in pristine waters and stay up late to find yourself surrounded by the starry night sky. When summer comes around, the fun begins in Almost Heaven.

Three Rivers Avian Center

The Avian center is located at Brooks near the Coyote Way property.

The New River Gorge is home to lots of animals, but the birds that fly high above this canyon have friends in low places.

Those friends are located at the Three Rivers Avian Center in Brooks, WV.

Three Rivers is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 and dedicated to wild bird conservation.   Three Rivers makes an invaluable contribution to the Park and local communities through ecosystem stewardship.

With public outreach programs designed to help people understand native birds and their ecosystems, TRAC has provided programs for nearly 200,000 people since 1993. Groups like schools, civic organizations, state and federal parks, and universities regularly request programs from Three Rivers.
One local event that draws great interest is the Annual Migration Celebration at Little Beaver State Park. This festival, which takes place the second Saturday in May, is designed to help generate public interest in this cause in WV. TRAC also publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Raptor Chapter, filled with information on events, happenings and other useful tidbits.

​In addition to these missions, TRAC has been working in conjunction with theWVDNR, the National Park Service of the New River Gorge, and the Center for Conservation Biology from William and Mary College to reestablish peregrine falcon populations in their native southern Appalachian habitat.
This program, which includes participation from US Fish and Wildlife Service and State Wildlife Biologists from Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, has worked to relocate young peregrines from dangerous nesting sites in the aforementioned states and place them in the New River Gorge. Since 2006, more than 90 young peregrines have been relocated to the Gorge. TRAC was placed fully in charge of the project in 2008.
This multiple-award winning facility works hard to help educate the public and involve individuals in the cause of environmental stewardship and protecting wild birds.

Sandstone Visitor Center

This center, located just north of the I-64 and State Route 20 interchange (Exit 139), opened in the fall of 2003. The 9,800 square-foot facility features sustainable (green) design concepts for energy efficiency and resource conservation. In addition to the energy conservation elements,water conserving native plants were selected for landscaping at the site.

Visitors to the new facility will learn about the natural and cultural history of the New River and its watershed through interactive interpretive exhibits. They can view the 12-minute video program on the New River and purchase books and educational materials from the bookstore.

The Sandstone Visitor Center serves as a gateway to the southern portion of New River Gorge National Park and Preserve where visitors traveling along I-64 can stop and get oriented to the park and southern West Virginia.
Sandstone Visitor Center is a green design building.

Native Garden

The site around Sandstone Visitor Center is maintained as a native landscape. Representative local species have been planted in the native garden right outside the visitor center while the remainder of the site is maintained as a native grassland. Native grasses and wildflowers provide habitat and food for native wildlife while helping to contribute to resource conservation by not requiring additional watering.

In recent years milkweed has been planted at the site to encourage monarch butterflies to utilize the site. The Sandstone Visitor Center site has been registered as a monarch waystation to help preserve habitat for monarchs. In recent years we have observed monarchs in the garden and monarch caterpillars have built chrysalis’ in our milkweed plants. Worldwide, monarch populations are declining due to habitat loss, so providing milkweed habitats is essential for the survival of the species.

Sandstone Falls

Sandstone Falls is a wide, wide waterfall on the New River a few miles north of the town of Hinton. The New River is about 1500 feet wide at the point it encounters a sandstone ledge. The rivers breaks over and around the ledge, creating an island and a number of falls of varying heights and widths depending on the level of the river.

There is no vantage point from which you can view the entire falls. The closest is an overlook high above the falls. A series of trails and boardwalks are located on the western edge of the river and they take you to some up close and personal views of different parts of the falls. Unfortunately the eastern edge of the falls is the highest, and you can only get distant views.

Sandstone Falls is a few miles downstream of the Bluestone Dam, but the river levels still vary considerably throughout the year. Floods still happen from time to time, during which the falls are basically drowned. It had been raining for several days when I visited, so the falls had plenty of water. A downside to this is that some vantage points that may be accessible during drier times were cut off by the water.

Sandstone Falls is located about 10 miles north of Hinton along River Road. Along the way you will pass Brooks Falls, a drop of only a few feet, and several very seasonal side falls. To reach Hinton from I-64, take exit 139 (the Sandstone exit), and head south on Route 20. This is a windy road that climbs up and down the sides of the gorge. The Sandstone Falls Overlook is located on this road.


Many of the fossils you can find are plant based and can be found in the same area as the coal deposits where minerals are found.

West Virginia fossil hunters know all about the more than 4,000 limestone caves that can be found throughout the state. These caves are the ideal location for stream and talus sediments to deposit and the cave itself offers the stabilized temperature and humidity that is needed for preservation. Together these elements combine to make the caves perfect for fossil hunting.


All mineral and fossil hunters want to find that one incredible piece, for many that would be an amazing dinosaur fossil. In West Virginia you might just find the Megalonyx Jeffersonii, the state fossil.

This dinosaur became the state fossil in 2008 though it became extinct in the Pleistocene Age. This Jefferson ground slow inhabited much of what is now West Virginia during the Ice Age. Mostly they spend their time knocking over trees and digging up ground vegetation with its long claws.

Our current day sloths hold nothing to this behemoth that stood at more than eight feet tall and could easily weigh more than 1000 pounds. Since its discovery there has been a lot of confusion about this sloth. Thomas Jefferson actually believed it to be a prehistoric lion and named it Megalonyx which means “great claw”.

The main areas that have found Megalonyx Jeffersonii bones have been in the Monroe County, Pendleton County, and Greenbrier caves. If you want to find your own you should search around those areas.


The name may be a mouthful but the Lithostrotionella is an interesting fossil coral from as far back as 340 million years ago. This time period is called the Mississippian Period and is when the state had an advancing shallow sea. Since much of the state was covered by this sea water there was an abundance of sea life left behind including brachiopods, trilobites and of course the coral.

Lithostrotionella is a tabulate coral that went extinct during the Permian Period of 245 million years ago (the same extinction that wiped out the much of the life on the planet at that time). You will recognize these corals as a siliceous mineral chalcedony, a type of quartz.

To find it look in the Hillsdale Limestone around Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties in the south.


If hunting for coal doesn’t sound very exciting it might be helpful to remember how important coal has been throughout history. West Virginia made it their state stone to do that very thing! As you search just remember that it was discovered during the colonial times, as far back as 1742 with the very first coal mine opening in 1810. Even today you can find it in almost any county in West Virginia and if you’re wanting to round out your collection it can be a nice stone to add due to its important historical context as a unique part of the economy in this state.


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