LITTLE BIRCH FOREST

Agent Contact:
Jamie Smith, 304.651.9363

OVERVIEW

Little Birch Forest is an excellent multi-use property with excellent access to 4-lane interstates and highways.  The property is located 4 miles off Interstate 79 and approximately a quarter-mile off 4-lane US Route 19 which makes getting to your newly-built home, camp, camper or hunting stand a breeze.  Excellent recreational opportunites at nearby lakes, rivers, and wildlife management areas are easily accessible as well.  

ATTRIBUTES AND HIGHLIGHTS

  • 65+/- acres of multi-use land with a mixture of mature mountain forest and abandoned farmland
  • Excellent access on a paved state maintained road easily accessible to 4-lane highways
  • Water sport activities supported by nearby Sutton Lake, Elk River and Summersville Lake
  • Excellent river and lake fishing nearby with a mix of deep holes, rapids and still water
  • Amazing wildlife population which includes deer, black bear, squirrel, rabbit, bobcat, raccoon, fox, chipmunk, opossum
  • The 65+/- acres can offer ATV riding, hiking, camping, hunting and nature viewing
  • Small city amenities in Sutton, Gassaway, Flatwoods and Summersville are located within 10 to 20 minutes of the property.
  • Approximate 1 hour easy drive to Charleston’s Yeager Airport
  • Cell phone coverage is good with 4G service
  • Low taxes, low population density
  • An easy drive to higher population areas of Charleston, Clarksburg, Fairmont, Morgantown, and Beckley

LOCATION

Google Coordinates: 38.572680, -80.747509
Address: N/A – No 911 address assigned to properties without structures
Elevation Range:   1,180′ to 1,500′ above sea level

ACCESS/FRONTAGE

The property fronts secondary road WV 38 (Polemic Run Road.)  Four-lane Interstate and US Highway access is nearby.

UTILITIES

Water: Water well could be drilled
Sewer: Septic could be installed
Electricity: On the property
Telephone: On the property
Internet: Unknown
Cellphone Coverage: Good

RECREATION AT THE FOREST

Little Birch 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 Summersville 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.
  • Summersville Lake – Summersville Lake is West Virginia’s largest lake containing over 2,800 acres of water and 60 miles of shoreline. Superb water quality and sheer sandstone cliffs make Summersville Lake a unique place to visit.  Boating, water-skiing, swimming, fishing for large and smallmouth bass, walleye, panfish, and catfish, (trout are stocked below the dam in the spring and fall) scuba diving, picnicking, hunting, and mountain biking are the favorite activities enjoyed at this lake and surrounding area.  Rock climbing and whitewater rafting are available year round, with scheduled whitewater releases below the dam on the world class Gauley River in September and October.
  • 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 coldwater trout stream.  Below Sutton Lake, is a high-gradient warmwater fishery well known for its muskellunge, walleye and smallmouth bass fishing.

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 long 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’s timber resource is composed of high quality Appalachian hardwoods. In the future, some of this timber should contain veneer logs for export. 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.

Species composition:

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
  • Poplar/Cucumber/Basswood
  • Red Oak Group
  • White Oak/Chestnut Oak
  • Soft Maple
  • Hickory
  • As well as a host of other species (birch, beech, sassafras, wahoo, buckeye)

Forest-wide, most stands are fully stocked, providing the next ownership with a great deal of flexibility in shaping their own silvicultural legacy.  Portions of this stand have been thinned over the last several decades and as prudent forest management required.  Tree diameters are well represented across the commercial spectrum with a notable mature size class, as well as abundant pole size timber and growing stock.

MINERAL RESOURCES

West Virginia is one of the states in the US 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.

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 Braxton 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.

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 473 Page 249
Acreage: 65+/- Acres

Real Estate Tax ID/Acreage/Taxes:
Braxton County, West Virginia
Otter District
Tax Map 8R Parcel 9

2019 Real Estate Taxes: $443.72 full year

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Braxton County School District

Public Elementary School:
Little Birch Elementary School

Public Middle School:
Braxton County Middle School

Public High School:
Braxton County High School

REGIONAL INFORMATION

There is no regional information available.