KELLY MOUNTAIN FOREST
Richard Grist, 304.645.7674
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Kelly Mountain Forest is a 63-acre classic multiple-use property located in Randolph County near Elkins WV.
- 63-acre classic multiple-use parcel located in Randolph County
- A mix of mature timber and emerging forest create a perfect wildlife habitat
- The property has been surveyed by a professional engineering firm
- All mineral rights in title will convey
- Land legacy of wildlife management with long-term forest stewardship
- Abundant and diverse wildlife population
- Excellent network of interior trails provide access to nearly every corner
- Commercially – operable ground supporting forestry, recreation and future cabin sites
- Elevations range from 2542’ to over 2730’
- Electric, public water, phone roadside, cell coverage with 4G
- Low taxes, low population density
- Dark skies at night
- Randolph County area perfect for watersports, hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding
- 10 minutes to Elkins with stores, restaurants, historic district, hospital and more
- 1 hour to regional jet airport with regular flights to large national and international hubs
Wildlife management practices have created an abundant and diverse wildlife population. Management goals promoted overall wildlife health, facilitated the harvest of game, developed wildlife viewing areas, increased carrying capacity, and increased species diversity.
The property has a mixture of mature hardwood species. The diverse tree species, coupled with the abundant water supply from the nearby creeks, creates the perfect wildlife habitat. The edge effect created between area farm fields, creeks, hollows, ridges, and rock outcrops benefit all the resident wildlife. 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.
Kelly Mountain Forest’s timber resource, about 63 acres, is composed of some mature timber scattered in and around an emerging forest that was created using a regeneration harvest in 2013. This well managed timber resource will provide a great deal of flexibility to the next ownership in terms of potential future harvest revenue
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 Cherry
- Sugar Maple
- Red Oak Group
- White Oak/Chestnut Oak
- Soft Maple
- As well as a host of other species (birch, beech, sassafras, wahoo, buckeye, black walnut)
Forest-wide, most stands are fully stocked, providing the next ownership with a great deal of flexibility in shaping their own silvicultural legacy. Stem quality forest-wide can be considered excellent with the forest containing an abundant future value.
The timber component generally consists of 5-120-year-old stems ranging in size of 2”-36” dbh. Most of this stand was regenerative harvested (clear-cut) leaving larger trees scattered about, also known as a leave tree harvest as prudent forest management called for. Areas were selectively harvested along riparian zones.
Diameters are well represented across the commercial spectrum with some mature size class, as well as abundant pole size timber and growing stock.
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 presently there are no signs of pest infestations of Gypsy Moth. The Emerald Ash Borer, Hemlock Wooly Adelgid and Emerald Ash Borer and these species will experience extensive decline. There have been no forest fires in the recent memory.
The forest floor is home to several types of mushrooms, medicinal plants, wild ginseng, ferns and green mosses.
RECREATION AT KELLY MOUNTAIN
Kelly Mountain Forest offers many recreational opportunities. Numerous soft recreational activities are anchored by the proximity to Tygart Valley River and nearby 900,000 acre Monongahela National Forest.
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.
Nature viewing is a rewarding 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 the nearby Tygart Valley 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
- A 22 single shot rifle and a few tin cans make a fun day
All Terrain Motorsports
Kelly 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.
Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding and Hiking
Kelly Mountain has several forest trails that are perfect for experiencing the property from mountain bikes, horseback and hiking on foot.
- Founded 1890. Population 2018 Estimated @ 7,026
- Located in Randolph County, founded 1787 – largest county in WV. Population 29,000
- 10 Minute drive from the property
- All town amenities available
- County seat of Randolph County
- Davis Medical Center – 80 bed acute care hospital & Mon Health, Heart & Vascular Center
- The city lies in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains.
- The climate has mild differences between highs and lows, and adequate rainfall year-round. It has a marine west coast climate.
- Roads: Sits at the junction of US 33, US 219, and US 250. US 33 is Corridor H, a major four-lane highway connecting to Interstate 79 at Weston. Corridor H to be extended eventually to Interstate 81 at Strasburg, Virginia.
- Airport: Elkins–Randolph County Airport is a regional airport with two large runways, each over 4,000 feet long.
- Location: Located in Randolph County at the confluence of the Tygart Valley River and Leading Creek. The average elevation is 2,000 feet above sea level. Headquarters for the Monongahela National Forest, a 910,155-acre federal reserve encompassing the “High Alleghenies” area to the east of the city. Coordinates: 38°55′17″N 79°51′3″W
- Elkins has an active economic development authority, chamber of commerce, downtown business organization and numerous social, fraternal and service organizations that sponsor annual events like the Mountain State Forest Festival, which brings thousands of people into the city every year.
- Forest products industry, Government and tourism major employers
Google Coordinates: 38.892110°(N), -79.772642°(W)
Address: Kelly Mountain Road, Elkins, WV 26241. No 911 address is assigned to property without structures.
Elevation Range: 2542 ft. to 2785 ft. +/-
All mineral rights the seller has in title will convey with the property.
BOUNDARIES AND SURVEY
The property was surveyed several years ago by Swecker Engineering & Surveying, Elkins, WV, and the property boundaries were painted red. There is a survey plat recorded in the Randolph County Courthouse Clerk’s Office as Map Cabinet No. A-56 showing the property. The property is being sold by the boundary and not by the acre.
**The survey map can be viewed in the gold colored box above Labeled Maps and Documents.
Water: Public water available at the Kelly Mt. Road
Sewer: private septic would need to be installed
Electricity: Available at the Kelly Mt. Road
Telephone: Available at the Kelly Mt. Road
Internet: Possibly through the phone company or satellite
Cellphone Coverage: Good with 4G in most places
The property has frontage on Kelly Mountain Road RT 25, providing direct access to the public road system.
Randolph County is subject to some zoning and subdivision regulations. All prospective buyers should consult the County Commission and also the Health Department for details regarding zoning, building codes and installation of septic systems.
PROPERTY TYPE/USE SUMMARY
The property has been managed as forestland for many years.
DEED and TAX INFORMATION
Deed Information: DB 583 Pg.190; The 63.20 acres tract is shown on a plat of survey recorded as Map Cabinet No. A-56
Randolph County, West Virginia
Acreage: 63.20 acres +/-
Real Estate Tax ID/Acreage/Taxes:
Randolph County (42), West Virginia
Beverly District (2)
Tax Map 112 Parcel 1.5; SURF 63.01 AC KELLY MTN; Class 3; 2018 Real Estate Taxes $95.24
2022 Real Estate Taxes: $99.82
Randolph County School District
Public Elementary Schools:
Elkins Third Ward Elementary School
Jennings Randolph Elementary School
Midland Elementary School
North Elementary School
Public Middle School:
Elkins Middle School
Public High School:
Elkins High School
Davis and Elkins College
Randolph Technical Center
THE MONONGAHELA NATIONAL FOREST
The Monongahela National Forest was established in 1920 and is encompasses about one million acres. Located in the north central highlands of West Virginia, the Monongahela straddles the highest ridges in the State. Elevation ranges from just under 1000′ to 4863′ above sea level. Variations in terrain and precipitation have created one of the most ecologically diverse National Forests in the country.
Visitors to this beautiful forest enjoy breathtaking vistas, peaceful country roads, gently flowing streams, and glimpses of the many species of plants and animals that inhabit the Forest. You will also see a ‘working’ forest, which produces timber, water, grazing, minerals and recreational opportunities for the region and nation.
The landscape goals for management of the Monongahela are for a largely natural appearing and diverse forest, which provides outstanding dispersed recreation opportunities and supporting developed facilities. Dispersed recreation opportunities abound for hiking, backpacking, fishing, hunting, mountain biking and so on. Developed sites provide the tourism destination facilities and base camps so important to the efforts of local Convention and Visitor Bureaus, local communities, and other non-government agencies. Forest Plan Management Prescriptions favor non-motorized recreation for ecological reasons.
The forest is noted for its rugged landscape with spectacular views, blueberry thickets, highland bogs and “sods”, and open areas with exposed rocks. In addition to the second-growth forest trees, the wide range of botanical species found includes rhododendron, laurel on the moist west side of the Allegheny Front, and cactus and endemic shale barren species on the drier eastern slopes.
There are 230 known species of birds inhabiting the MNF: 159 are known to breed there, 89 are Neotropical migrants; 71 transit the forest during migration, but do not breed there, and 17 non-breeding species are Neotropical. The Brooks Bird Club (BBC) conducts an annual bird banding and survey project in the vicinity of Dolly Sods Scenic Area during migration (August – September). The forest provides habitat for 9 federally listed endangered or threatened species: 2 bird species, 2 bat species, 1 subspecies of flying squirrel, 1 salamander species, and 3 plant species. Fifty other species of rare/sensitive plants and animals also occur in the forest.
Larger animals and game species found in the forest include black bear, wild turkey, white-tailed deer, gray and fox squirrels, rabbits, snowshoe hare, woodcock, and grouse. Limited waterfowl habitat exists in certain places. Furbearers include beaver, red and gray fox, bobcat, fisher, river otter, raccoon and mink. Other hunted species include coyotes, skunks, opossums, woodchucks, crows, and weasels. There are 12 species of game (pan) fish and 60 species of non-game or forage fish. Some 90% of the trout waters of West Virginia are within the forest.
From Elkins, West Virginia: 6 miles +/- (10 minutes +/-)
From the intersection of US 250 and US 33 at McDonald’s in Elkins, travel US 33 East for 3.4 miles; turn right onto Kelly Mountain Road RT 25; travel 2.5 miles; the property entrance road is on the left.
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