FALLS RUN FOREST

Agent Contact:
Jamie Smith, 304.651.9363

OVERVIEW

+/- 66 acres conveniently located in the Mountain Lakes region of Central West Virginia. This easily accessible property is near large water features such as Sutton and Burnsville Lakes.  The property has excellent building sites for your permanent residence or your recreational cabin or camper.

ATTRIBUTES AND HIGHLIGHTS

  • +/- 66 acres providing great recreational and residential opportunities
  • Excellent access on state maintained road
  • River, stream, and lake fishing nearby with a mix of deep holes, rapids and still water
  • Amazing wildlife population which includes deer, black bear, squirrel, rabbit, racoon, fox, chipmunk, oppossum
  • The +/- 66 acres can offer ATV riding, hiking, camping, hunting and nature viewing
  • Several buildable areas for permanent residence or family camps
  • Small city amenities nearby in Sutton and Flatwoods, WV
  • Low taxes, population density
  • An easy drive to higher population areas of Charleston, Clarksburg, Fairmont and Morgantown

LOCATION

Google Coordinates: 37.773622°(N), -80.519561°(W)
Address: No Address assigned at this time since there is no residence on the property

PROPERTY TYPE/USE SUMMARY

Recreational

Falls Run Forest offers many recreational opportunities. The forest offers excellent habitat for wild game, such as white-tail deer, black bear, wild turkey, gray squirrel, grouse, and rabbit for the avid hunter.  Easy access to the forest makes feeding that favorite hunting stand less tiring and more enjoyable.

Along the same lines, nature viewing is a great recreational activity. 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, hawks.

Water-sports enthusiasts will find nearby Sutton Lake, Elk River and Burnsville Lake ideal for swimming, canoeing, fishing, kayaking, and tubing among other unique activities.

  • Sutton Lake – Sutton Lake is located in the Mountain Lakes Region of central West Virginia. Sutton Lake is a clear, clean freshwater lake covering 1,440 acres with 44 miles of shoreline. The lake is approximately fourteen miles long. One of the most striking features of Sutton Lake is that it is surrounded by over 10,000 acres of public land.  There are no commercial developments or homes on the lake.  All a boater sees is pristine water and green mountains.  There are literally hundreds of coves where you can spend the day or night in seclusion.
  • Elk River – The Elk River’s largest tributaries are the Holly River and the Birch River, both of which join it in Braxton County. The upper portion of the river, above Sutton Lake, is a popular cold-water trout stream. Below Sutton Lake, is a high-gradient warmwater fishery well known for its muskellunge, walleye and smallmouth bass fishing.
  • Burnsville Lake – Burnsville Lake sits on the Little Kanawha River in the center of the state. It is surrounded by the Burnsville Lake Wildlife Management Area, which offers plenty of recreational activities.  Boating, fishing and water skiing are just some of the things that visitors come to the lake to enjoy. Burnsville Lake is also a great place to go hiking, wildlife viewing and picnicking. There are 60 camping sites around the 968- acre lake, as well as a marina that offers boat rentals. It is also possible to learn a little bit about the history of the area at the Bulltown Historical Area, which sits at the southeast end of the lake.

Mountain biking, horseback riding and hiking are additional activities that can be enjoyed.  “The Elk River Water Trail” runs 72 miles from Sutton Dam all the way to Charleston. The 12 mile Jeremiah Carpenter Mt. Bike Trail, located on the north side of Sutton Dam, is a challenge even to expert riders.

FOREST/TIMBER RESOURCES

The property has various ages of forestland, from areas of recent harvest to full canopy stands. The distinguishing features of the Falls Run Forest timber resource is its unusually high hardwood pre-commercial and pole stocking 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 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.

The Falls Run Forest timber component has been professionally managed over the years and generally consists of two age classes managed under even-aged silvicultural guidelines. Part of this stand is comprised of long ago abandoned farm fields.  The rest of the stand has been managed for several decades using regeneration harvests under the guidance of professional foresters. This stand contains 2-35 year old stems ranging in size of 2-12” dbh.

The second distinct stand is comprised of 80+ year old trees that represent smaller mature forest stands scattered throughout the boundary along the creeks and streams.

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 the majority of the Ash and Hemlock trees is severely stressed and will die out over the next decade. There have been no forest fires in the recent memory.

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.  The Seller will be retaining all mineral rights in which the Seller has to the mineral estate.

BOUNDARIES AND SURVEY

The property was surveyed by a Professional Land Surveyor in July 2002 and a metes and bounds description can be derived from such survey.  The property is being sold by the boundary and not by the acre.

ACCESS/FRONTAGE

There is excellent access to this property as it fronts County Route 19/4 (Falls Run Road.)

UTILITIES

Water: Water well would have to be drilled
Sewer: Septic system would have to be installed
Electricity: Present
Telephone: Present
Internet: Unknown
Cellphone Coverage:  Good in spots

ZONING

All prospective buyers should consult the Braxton County Commission and the Health Department for details regarding zoning, building codes and installation of septic systems.

DEED and TAX INFORMATION

Deed Information: Deed Book 407 Page 402
Braxton County, WV Salt Lick District
Acreage: 33 Ac. and 33 Ac. (Total +/- 66 Ac.)

Tax ID/Acreage/Taxes: Tax Map 13G Parcel 21 = $208.14
Tax Map 13G Parcel 21.1 = $222.34

Total 2019 Real Estate Taxes = $430.48

REGIONAL INFORMATION