477-acre classic multiple-use, residential, recreational and timber investment property located near Beckley and the New River Gorge in Raleigh County
Richard Grist, 304.645.7674
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IRISH MOUNTAIN OVERVIEW
477 acre Irish Mountain is the classic multiple-use, residential, recreational and timber investment property located near Beckley and the New River Gorge in Raleigh County.
HIGHLIGHTS AND ATTRIBUTES
- 1.5 miles of frontage on blue line, free flowing Farleys Creek
- The property has been surveyed
- All mineral rights, including oil and gas, that the owner has in title will convey with the property
- Superior access by low traffic, 4-season state-maintained road
- Known for its abundant and diverse wildlife population
- Nice network of interior trails provides access to nearly every corner
- Nearby is the New River – perfect for anglers and water recreation enthusiasts
- Spectacular long-range views approaching 20 miles
- Commercially operable ground supporting forestry, recreation and future home sites
- Elevations range from 1792 ft. to 2652 ft. +/-
- Public water, electric, and phone onsite
- Low taxes, low population density
- Darkest of night skies with little light pollution
- Perfect area for watersports, hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding
- 15 minutes to Beckley with all big box stores, restaurants, historic district and more
- 10 minutes to a jet airport with regular flights to Baltimore, Charlotte, Miami, Phoenix, etc.
Google Coordinates: 37.768150°(N), -80.966009°(W)
Address: Irish Mountain Road, Shady Spring, WV 25918. No 911 address assigned to properties without structures.
Elevation Range: 1792 ft. to 2652 ft. +/-
The region is easy to access. As remote as the region may seem, an expressway courses through the region’s center, spanning the gorge by way of the New River Gorge Bridge. The property is conveniently located adjacent to and borders the interstate that courses through the center of the region. Interstates 77, 64, 19 and 79 are immediately available. Amtrak passenger stations on the Chicago-New York route are located a half-hour’s drive south near Beckley and an hour’s drive east and west at Charleston and White Sulphur Springs.
Jet airports are located 10 minutes to Beckley and an hour away at Charleston and Lewisburg.
One of the most exciting destinations for hiking, biking, climbing, and paddling in the eastern U.S., the New River Gorge National River was established by the National Park Service in 1978 and includes more than 72,000 acres in and adjacent to the New River Gorge and the valley of the New River. More than a million visitors annually climb rocks along the rim of the gorge near Fayetteville and paddle its whitewater runs on the New and its tributaries. Countless miles of hiking and biking trails wander the park and climb into the surrounding mountains. The nearby Gauley River National Recreation Area likewise attracts thousands of tourists annually, notably rafters during “Gauley Season” in autumn when the river runs strong.
As a result of unrivaled access to recreation, the Boy Scouts of America established its 12,000 acre World and National Jamborees site here, hosting upwards of 50,000 scouts and leaders for these events.
Winter in the mountains nearby attracts yet another recreational clientele — skiers bound for the slopes at Winterplace, a drive of 30 minutes to the south, and Snowshoe Mountain, a drive of two-and-a-half hours to the northeast.
Nearby is Adventures on the Gorge, one of the most enduring and popular adventure resorts in the U.S., a pioneer in the whitewater rafting industry that has helped set the stage for high-end economic development in the region.
As a result of its burgeoning tourism market, the area also enjoys more than its share of singular shops and restaurants, many of which cluster around Lewisburg and Fayetteville. Other exceptional eateries and retail destinations are located an hour west at Charleston, the state capital, and an hour east at Lewisburg, one of the most livable small towns in the U.S., according to National Geographic. The region is also renowned for great golf, and more than a score of courses are located within an hour’s drive, including Glade Springs and the three at The Greenbrier, home of the PGA tour, and Oakhurst Links, the first course built in the U.S.
Irish Mountain is supported with the thriving community of Beckley. 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. The surrounding area is richly blessed with a wide array of cultural events that keep life interesting and satisfying.
Charleston is West Virginia’s state capitol and is an easy 90 minute Interstate drive. Charleston is West Virginia’s largest city with a population of some 50,000 and a metro area of 225,000. It is the center of government, commerce, culture and industry. There is a commercial airport with daily flights to most major hubs.
Beckley is a 15 minute drive, has a population of 34,000, and is the county seat of Raleigh County. All amenities are available in Beckley. Beckley is located at the intersection of I-77, I-64 and US 19 so easy access to Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Charleston and Cincinnati is just around the corner.
The world renowned 4-Star Greenbrier Resort, home of the PGA tour, is an hour drive. Several other area golf courses are available in the area. The nearby and very popular 150+ mile long Hatfield-McCoy ATV trail makes for a very active recreation area.
Year round, state maintained paved roads and a private driveway provide easy access. Weekly trash pickup, daily newspaper and daily mail delivery is available at curb-side. UPS and FedEx service this area also.
THE NEW RIVER AND BLUESTONE LAKE
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.
Irish Mountain is located in the heart of the recreational mecca area encompassing the New River and 2000 acre Bluestone Lake at Hinton. 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.
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
- 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)
Irish Mountain is the ideal wildlife preserve. Management goals have promoted overall wildlife health, facilitated the harvest of game, developed wildlife viewing areas, increased carrying capacity, and increased species diversity.
1.5 miles of frontage on Farleys Creek and the nearby New River, are a major contributor to the local ecosystem richness and diversity for both plants and animals. The nearby river, creeks, and ephemeral streams support the surrounding aquatic plant life and create a water supported community with a wide variety of wildlife. Some of the margins of the river are fringed by lowlands, and these lowlands support the aquatic food web, provide shelter for wildlife, and stabilize the shore of the streams. The plant life associated with the wetland includes rushes, sedges, cattails, duckweed and algae.
There are many animals, including raccoons, opossums, wood ducks, mallards, minnows, native fish, turtles, salamanders, newts, crayfish, muskrat, bull frogs, eagles, hawks and redwing blackbirds associated with the riparian area on and nearby the property.
There is the insect and microscopic world including grasshoppers, butterflies, dragonflies, pond skaters, water beetles, damselflies, tadpoles and various insect larve.
The property has a mixture of emerging and mature hardwood species and hemlock. The diverse tree species, coupled with the abundant water supply from the nearby New River and numerous ephemeral streams and creeks, creates the perfect wildlife habitat. The miles of “edge effect” created between regeneration harvest areas, creeks, hollows, ridges, and rock outcrops benefit all the resident wildlife. Bald eagles, white tail deer, black bear, wild turkey, squirrel, rabbit, bobcat, raccoon, fox and many species of songbirds, owls and raptors make up the resident wildlife population.
The hardwood forest provides the essential nutrient source and produces tons of hard mast including acorns, hickory nuts, beech nuts and black walnuts. Soft mast includes stag horn sumac, black cherry, tulip poplar seeds, maple seeds, autumn olive berries and blackberries.
The property has various ages of forestland, from areas of recent harvest to full canopy stands. The distinguishing features of Irish Mountain’s 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.
Capital Timber Value and a forest-wide timber inventory have not been established by the owner at this time.
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 Irish Mountain timber component has been managed over many decades and generally consists of three age classes managed using even-aged silvicultural guidelines. The predominant timber stand of the forest and contains 5-35 year old stems ranging in size of 2-12” dbh. Most of this stand was completely regenerated (clearcut) abut 5 years ago. Some parts this stand are comprised of long ago abandoned farm fields that have naturally been restocked with pioneer species of poplar, locust and hickory. This stand is will graduate into higher-value sawtimber diameter classes over the next 50 years.
The second distinct stand was recently commercially thinned and is comprised of 50+ year old trees that represent mature forest stands scattered throughout the boundary along the creeks and streams creating riparian zone buffers.
Some inaccessabile areas along the Farleys Creek canyon were not harvested and represent a third stand of mature, overmature and old growth timber.
Diameters are well represented across the commercial and pre-commercial spectrum with a some mature size class, as well as abundant pole size timber and growing stock. Average diameter with all products combined has not been determined.
Some trees are well over 200 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. Emerald Ash Borer and the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid is present and the majority of the Ash and Hemlock trees are severely stressed and will die out over the next decade. There have been no forest fires in the recent memory.
SELF-SUSTAINING LIFE OFF THE GRID
Just like 150 years ago, when the first mountaineers settled the area, the property would be self-sustaining in times of necessity – even without electricity.
- Fresh water for drinking and cooking would come from mountain springs
- The forest would provide fresh food (deer, and turkey)
- The flat to rolling land could be cleared for agricultural land raise livestock, vegetable gardens, berry patches, fruit orchards, and row crops of corn, oats and barley
- Beehives would provide honey and beeswax for candles
- The forest would provide firewood for heating and cooking, lumber for building, maple syrup and pounds of nuts (walnuts, beechnuts and hickory nuts)
RECREATION AT IRISH MOUNTAIN
Irish Mountain offers many recreational opportunities. Numerous soft recreational activities are anchored by the proximity to the New River and the vastness of property itself.
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, hawks.
Complete to semi-complete darkness can be still be found on most of the property, thereby affording the opportunity to view the night sky in all its brilliant wonder.
Water-sports enthusiasts will find the nearby New River ideal for swimming, canoeing, fishing, kayaking, tubing, snorkeling, paddle boarding and windsurfing.
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
Irish Mountain has several forest trails that are perfect for experiencing the property from an ATV or UTV. These exciting machines handle the wide variety of the forest’s 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 (hopefully).
Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding and Hiking
Along with ATV riding, existing forest trails may be used for conventional and mountain biking, hiking or horseback riding.
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.
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.
- Water: Public water is roadside at the property
- Sewer: There may be a septic system in place, have to check the records
- Electricity: Available on the property
- Telephone: Available on the property
- Internet: Maybe available through cable, satellite or mobile hotspot
- Cellphone Coverage: Good with 4G
The property has over 1¼ miles of frontage on regularly traveled sections of Irish Mountain Road RT 26/1 and RT 26, while lesser-used sections of RT 26 and RT 24/1 appear to exist inside the western side of the property.
BOUNDARIES AND SURVEY
Portions of the property have been surveyed. The property is being sold by the boundary and not by the acre.
Raleigh County has some zoning and subdivision regulations. All prospective buyers should consult the County Government and also the Health Department for regulations regarding zoning, building codes, and installation of water wells and septic systems.
PROPERTY TYPE/USE SUMMARY
This property has been managed as forestland.
(This 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: A portion of the property in DB 5000 Pg. 3379
Raleigh County, West Virginia
Acreage: 477 acres +/-
Real Estate Tax ID/Acreage/Taxes:
Raleigh County (41), West Virginia
Richmond District (7)
The property being conveyed is a portion of Tax Map 5 Parcel 15; FEE 1044.74 AC (C) SEC RT 26; Class 3
2018 Real Estate Taxes for the whole tax parcel of which the sale area is a portion: $3063.08
Raleigh County School District
Public Elementary School:
Shady Spring Elementary School
Public Middle School:
Shady Spring Middle School
Public High School:
Shady Spring High School
From Beckley, West Virginia: 11 Miles +/- (approximately 15 minutes) via I-64 and Bragg Pluto Road Exit No. 133
From the Eisenhower I-64 Interchange at Beckley, travel I-64 East approximately 8.7 miles to Bragg Pluto Road Exit No. 133; at the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto Irish Mtn.- Pluto Road WV RT 27 South; travel WV RT 27 for 8/10 mile; turn left onto Irish Mountain Road RT 26/1; travel 1.2 miles; Lot E begins on the left.
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