HACKER LICK FOREST

Agent Contact:
Jamie Smith, 304-651-9363

OVERVIEW

Hacker Lick Forest is a private 126-acre recreational property with mountain views and an excellent building site.  This wonderful tract of land is excellent for your hunting, camping, hiking and ATV riding adventures.  Holly River State Park, located minutes to the north of the property, provides well-maintained trails which create additional recreational opportunities such as hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.  Clean, cold-water for excellent trout fishing can be found at the nearby Left Fork of Holly River which is stocked with trout twice a month February through April and once in May.  The nearby Elk River provides additional fishing opportunities with more diverse fish species, including smallmouth bass and walleye, along with regular trout stockings.

ATTRIBUTES AND HIGHLIGHTS

  • +/- 126 easily accessible acres
  • Located minutes from Holly River State Park
  • +/- 1,100 feet of public road frontage
  • +/- 1,300 feet of blueline stream running through the property
  • Excellent building location for home or hunting camp
  • Trout fishing rivers within minutes of the property
  • Amazing wildlife population which includes deer, black bear, squirrel, rabbit, bobcat, raccoon, fox, chipmunk, opossum
  • Boone and Crocket country with exceptional resident wildlife populations
  • Dark skies with little or no light pollution
  • Low taxes, low population density
  • 1 – 2 hour drive to higher populated areas in northern West Virginia, such as Clarksburg, Fairmont, and Morgantown (Home of West Virginia University and the Mountaineers)

LOCATION

Google Coordinates: 38.640333°(N), -80.375129°(W)
Address: Hackers Lick Run Road – County Route 14 – No physical address currently assigned to property with no structures.
Elevation Range:   +/- 1,760’ to +/- 2,520’ above sea level

UTILITIES

Water: Water well can be drilled
Sewer: Septic system can be installed
Electricity: On the property
Cellphone Coverage: Might require a booster for calls.  Text messages can be received and sent.

WATER

Approximately 1,300 feet of a blueline stream, Hacker Lick Run which is a tributary of the Holly River, flows through the northern portion of the property.  This stream will typically be active at all times except during extreme drought conditions, but will be more active during periods of rainfall or snow melt.

FOREST/TIMBER RESOURCES

The high elevation and primarily north-facing aspect make this tract of land conducive to growing high quality timber.  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:

Sugar (Hard) Maple
Poplar/Cucumber/Basswood
Red Oak Group
White Oak/Chestnut Oak
Red (Soft) Maple
Hickory
Ash
A host of associate species (black cherry, black walnut, birch, beech)

The Hacker Lick Forest timber component generally consists of stands of two distinct size classes.  The first has been recently managed using prudent silvicultural harvesting techniques under the guidance of professional foresters applying Best Management Practices under the Logging Sediment Control Act.  This stand contains now contains 2-35 year-old stems ranging in size of 2-12” dbh. This stand is on the cusp of graduating into higher-value sawtimber diameter classes over the next 30 years.

The second distinct stand is comprised of 80+ year old trees that represents a mature forest stand located to the north of Hacker Lick Run Road.

WILDLIFE

Hacker Lick Forest has an abundant wildlife population.  The forest, coupled with a steady water supply from Hacker Lick Run, creates the perfect wildlife habitat. The hardwood forest produces tons of acorns, hickory nuts, beech nuts and black walnuts. White tail deer, wild turkey, squirrel, raccoon, fox and many species of songbirds and raptors make up the resident wildlife population.

HACKER VALLEY, WEST VIRGINIA

Hacker Valley is an unincorporated community located in northern Webster County, West Virginia, along the Left Fork of the Holly River.  Hacker Valley is home to Holly River State Park and serves as the southern end of the Mountain Parkway Byway.  The primary industry in Hacker Valley is a sawmill owned by Northwest Hardwoods, which produces millions of board feet of dimensional lumber per year.  This company is responsible for operating forest and timber harvesting in a way that promotes a continuous supply of high quality, desirable hardwood species for the company’s sawmill, while also maintaining and enhancing all other benefits that healthy forests provide, such as clean water, clean air, and recreation, both for today and for future generations. Numerous potters and artists are also in the area.

HOLLY RIVER STATE PARK

With 8,101 acres of dense forest, Holly River is West Virginia’s second largest state park. Located in a narrow valley in the Mountain Lakes region, the park is surrounded by heavily forested mountains, some reaching more than 2,800 feet in height. The dense forests of Holly River provide guests with a natural setting where they can find peaceful solitude. Recreational opportunities in this park include camping, hiking, swimming and tennis. Amenities include picnic shelters, the Holly River Restaurant and corrals for campers with horses. Holly River State Park is known for its wide range of flora, including wildflowers and ferns. Holly River Restaurant is open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day then on weekends in April, May, September and October.

The area now known as Holly River State Park was settled around 1870 by a group of immigrants from Switzerland. After years of the land being stripped of useful timber, the U.S. Department of Agriculture began purchasing land, and in 1937 began reforesting and restoring the area to the deep woodlands enjoyed by visitors today. In 1938, Holly River was designated a wildlife refuge and opened as an official state park, but it wasn’t until 1954 that the federal government deeded the land to the state of West Virginia. Since then, many trails have been blazed, cabins have been refurbished and campsites have been constructed. Other improvements have included the construction of game courts, a swimming pool and other outdoor recreational facilities enjoyed by hundreds of visitors each year.

MINERAL RESOURCE

West Virginia is one of the states in the United States that has two separate ownership titles; those being SURFACE RIGHTS and MINERAL RIGHTS. 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 to verify mineral ownership.

BOUNDARIES AND SURVEY

The property does not have a current survey. A metes and bounds description is found in the deed and the location of the property is based on the tax maps obtained through the Webster County Assessor’s Office and online information. Before purchasing the property, potential buyers should consult a licensed surveyor to determine the actual location of the property and the true number of acres.

ACCESS/FRONTAGE

The property is intersected by Secondary Road WV 14 (Hackers Lick Run Road.)  WV Route 20 is approximately 1.1 miles from the property

ZONING

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

DEED and TAX INFORMATION

Deed Information: Deed Book 312 Page 192
Acreage: 126.85 acres

Webster County, West Virginia
Hacker Valley District
Tax Map 8E Parcel 77

2020 Real Estate Taxes: $607.22

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Webster County School District

Public Elementary School:
Hacker Valley Elementary School (Pre-K – 8)

Public High School:
Webster County High School

REGIONAL INFORMATION