HIGHLAND PARK #5 – 20 ACRES
|Address:||Highland Park Road, Second Creek, WV 24974|
Richard Grist, 304-645-7674
FEATURES & BENEFITS
- 20 acres woodland property located just outside the beautiful Greenbrier Valley
- Numerous home sites in a nice rural neighborhood
- Excellent access with frontage on a state-maintained highway
- 15 minutes to historic Lewisburg – America’s coolest small town
- 15 minutes to Union in lightly populated Monroe County
- 20 minutes to Interstate 64, and 25 minutes to the GVA jet airport
- Long-range views of distant mountains and pastoral farms
- All Mineral Rights will convey
- Excellent timber species include fragrant cedars, white pine, beautiful oaks, black walnuts, poplars, maples and hickories
- Forest trails for hiking, ATVing & horseback riding accessing every part of the property
- Internet, electric & landline phone available on site
- Cellphone coverage is good in most places
- Surrounded by beautiful farms and woodland tracts
- Abundant wildlife with white tail deer, wild turkey, squirrels, raccoons, and chipmunks
- Neo-tropical song birds, owls, red tail hawks, blue jays, ravens
- Ephemeral streams, wide hollow, ridge & flats create interesting topography
- Mosses, ferns, wildflowers and abundant native plants cover the forest floor
- Little light pollution sets the stage for amazing star gazing and planet observation
- Special marsh area around the farm pond with an exceptional aquatic plant and wildlife community
- Sized right for incorporating a permaculture experience
- Elevation Range: 2080′ to 2200’
- Diverse topography containing a mature forest, seasonal streams and ancient trees create a fascinating natural setting
- 45 minutes to the 2000-acre Bluestone Lake and the New River, the gateway to awesome water recreation15 minutes to the Greenbrier River
- Mature forest creates an exciting recreational property
- Very valuable old-growth timber should one decide to conduct a timber harvest
- Darkest of skies with little or no light pollution for star and planet gazing
- Ancient “Heritage” trees scattered about estimated at 200-300 years old
Google Coordinates: 37.670896°(N), -80.431434°(W)
Address: Highland Park Road, Second Creek, WV 24974. No 911 address assigned to property without structures.
Elevation Range: 2080 ft. to 2200 ft. +/-
The abundant timber resource is well positioned for current timber income as well as value appreciation over the coming decades. With an attractive species mix, adequate stocking levels, and favorable diameter class distribution, the timber amenity represents a strong component of value to the investor.
Highland Park’s 9+/- acre forest resource is composed of quality Appalachian hardwoods and white pine. 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 of the timber and pulpwood has not been determined at this time but is considered substantial.
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: Black Walnut, Sugar Maple, Poplar/Basswood, Red Oak Group, White Oak/Chestnut Oak, Soft Maple, Hickory and a host of associate species (ash, cedar, birch, sourwood, black gum, beech). A nice stand of mature nice pine compliments the hardwood forest.
Several “Heritage Trees” are scattered throughout the forest and field edges. These ancient trees, some 200-300 years old, have withstood the test of time, weathering ice, wind, lightning strikes and fire.
The forest is healthy and there are no signs of pest infestations of Gypsy Moth. The Emerald Ash Borer, which has inundated the entire Northeast US, is present and the Ash component will significantly decline over the next decade. The Eastern Hemlock species is under attack by the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid and the remaining hemlock will significantly decline over the coming decade. There have been no forest fires in recent memory.
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).
The property has approximately 6 acres of former fields that have young growth trees throughout. The fields could be cleared and would be very suitable for growing corn, soy beans, pumpkins, flowers, and hemp. The rich soil will also produce all kinds of garden vegetables.
There is some perimeter fencing and some cross fencing the boundary would be cattle tight.
There are several fruit trees scattered about, some of which were part of the early homestead. Crops of black walnuts and hickory nuts are produced each year from the abundant black walnut and hickory trees scattered about.
Honey bees also do well here, and it would be possible to produce maple syrup from the sugar and red maple trees growing on the property.
The mixture of mature forest, nearby farm fields, old fruit trees, coupled with the abundant water supply from seasonal creeks, create the perfect wildlife habitat. The “edge effect” created between, streams, farm fields and forest is the textbook habitat for the resident wildlife.
The edges create a long wildlife food plot. The fields provides grasses and the hardwood forest produces tons of acorns, hickory nuts, beech nuts, walnuts and soft mast. White tail deer, black bear, red/gray fox, bobcat, wild turkey, squirrel, raccoon, fox and many species of songbirds, eagles, owls and hawks make up the resident wildlife population. It is hard to find a property that has a better mix of wildlife as there has been little hunting pressure for many years.
There are many animals associated with the ponds and seasonal streams, including fish, minnows, raccoons, opossums, turtles, salamanders, frogs, crawdads and newts. There is also the insect and microscopic world including butterflies, dragonflies, damsel flies, skaters and various other insects.
The property has about 1/4 mile of intermittent stream which should have water flow during rain events and periods of snow melt.
All rights the owner has will convey with the property.
BOUNDARIES AND SURVEY
The whole property of which this is a part was surveyed in 2007 by Engineering & Testing 2000, INC. Separation lines are to be surveyed. Some boundary lines may be indicated by fencing. The property is being sold by the boundary and not by the acre.
Water: a well would have to be drilled
Sewer: a septic system would have to be installed
Electricity: electricity is available
Telephone: telephone line is available
Internet: satellite internet is available or DSL should be available through the phone service
Cellphone Coverage: Adequate in most areas
The property has nearly 800 feet of frontage on Highland Park Road RT 6/1, providing direct access to the public road system.
There is currently no county zoning in Monroe County. All prospective purchasers are encouraged to contact the Monroe County Health Department for answers regarding installation of septic systems and water wells. Further information on county zoning may be answered by contacting the Monroe County Commission.
PROPERTY TYPE/USE SUMMARY
The property is comprised of former pasture containing young mixed trees, an evergreen plantation, and forestland, being broken down as follows:
Former field with mixed young trees: 6 acres +/-
Young dense evergreen plantation: 5 acres +/-
Forestland: 9 acres +/-
(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 AND TAX INFORMATION
Deed Information: po DB 252 PG 476
Monroe County, West Virginia
Acreage: Area being sold contains 20 acres +/- (to be determined by boundary survey)
Real Estate Tax ID/Acreage/Taxes:
Monroe County, West Virginia
Second Creek District (4)
Tax Map 18 a portion of Parcel 28; Class 2.
2020 Real Estate Taxes: $163.12 for whole tax parcel
Monroe County School District:
Public Elementary School:
Mountain View Elementary School
Public Middle School:
Mountain View Middle School
Public High School:
James Monroe High School
Highland Park is located near Lewisburg, West Virginia. It is beautiful real estate and comes with a great community known for its friendly residents and laid-back lifestyle.
The Greenbrier Valley is richly blessed with a wide array of cultural events that keep life in the valley interesting and satisfying. A year-round live theater, Carnegie Hall (one of four in the USA), fine dining, art galleries and boutiques make up the thriving downtown historic district in Lewisburg.
Lewisburg was named Coolest Small Town in America and is just a 15 minutes’ drive to complete shopping, churches, schools, medical-dental facilities, fine dining, and a modern hospital. The airport, with the longest runway in the state is just 20 minutes away and has daily flights to Chicago and Washington DC.
Lewisburg is also the county seat of Greenbrier County and home to the WV Osteopathic Medical School (600 students) and the New River Community and Technical College. The area is a strong economic generator with a solid workforce employed in county/state government, tourism, hospitality, education, retail, construction, wood products, mining and agriculture.
For the water enthusiast, the Greenbrier River is the last un-tamed river east of the Mississippi and offers a great float/canoe/kayak experience. The fishing for small mouth bass is considered excellent. The Greenbrier River trail is an 86-mile rails to trails system and offers exceptional hiking and biking opportunities along the scenic Greenbrier River.
Within an hour’s drive are located some of the finest recreational facilities in West Virginia. Winterplace Ski Resort, whitewater rafting / fishing on the New River and Gauley River, 2000-acre Bluestone Lake, Pipestem State Park and Resort and the 80,000 acre New River National Gorge National Park. Five other area state parks and state forests offer unlimited hiking, horseback riding, ATV riding and rock-climbing opportunities. Snowshoe Ski Resort is a 2 hour drive through some of the most scenic country on the East Coast. The new 12,000 acre Boy Scout High Adventure Camp and home to the US and World Jamboree is an hour fifteen minute drive.
The world-renowned Greenbrier Resort, home of the PGA tour, is just 25 minutes’ drive. Several other area golf courses are available in the area. Rock climbing, ziplining, horseback riding and the 600 + mile long Hatfield-McCoy ATV trail makes for a very active recreation area.
The charming village of Union, which is the Monroe County seat, is less than a 15-minute drive. Banking, healthcare facilities, drugstore, grocery shopping and a great family restaurant are readily available. Some of the friendliest people in West Virginia can be found in Monroe County. Monroe County has a population of about 13,000 residents and does not have a stoplight and has more cattle and sheep than people. There are no fast food restaurants but there is the local restaurant, “Kalico Kitchen”, in downtown Union that is packed each morning for breakfast and then again for lunch.
The Greenbrier County Airport, which has WV’s longest runway, is located just 30 minutes away and has daily flights to Chicago’s O’Hare and Washington DC-Dulles. An Atlanta flight is to be added soon. The world famous Greenbrier Resort is a 20 minute drive and Snowshoe Ski Resort is about 1 1/2 hours’ drive. Roanoke, Virginia, is 2 hours, DC is 4 hours and Charlotte, North Carolina is 3 hours away.
The Greenbrier resort features an ever-expanding schedule of public events, including the Greenbrier Classic, a nationally televised PGA tournament held in September or October. The resort has opened a new $30 million training facility for various professional football teams and is open to the public. A 2500-seat tennis stadium to host professional matches was opened in 2015.
From Union, WV: 11.8 miles +/- (approximate 20 minutes)
From the Courthouse in Union, travel US 219 North for 8.7 miles; turn right onto Second Creek Road Rt. 219/1; travel 1.6 miles; turn left onto Highland Park Road Rt. 6/1; travel 1.5 miles; the property is on the right.
From Lewisburg, WV: 14.6 miles +/- (approximate 25 minutes)
From the intersection of US 60 and US 219 in Lewisburg, travel US 219 South for 11.5 miles; turn left onto Second Creek Road Rt. 219/1; travel 1.6 miles; turn left onto Highland Park Road Rt. 6/1; travel 1.5 miles; the property is on the right.
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