Agent Contact:
Richard Grist, 304.645.7674

MEADOW RIVER  FARM  is an exceptional 215 acre +/- farm and forest property located in Greenbrier County.


  • 215 acres +/-
  • Borders the 2,698 acre Meadow River Wildlife Management Area managed by the WV Division of Natural Resources
  • 3700’ frontage on the 53 mile long Meadow River
  • 2400’ dashed blue line stream flows through the property
  • 160 acres +/- of level agricultural land utilized for grazing hay production
  • 15,000’ +/- perimeter and cross fencing
  • 55 acres +/- mixture of upland timberland and bio-diverse wetland forest
  • 2000’ paved county road frontage – FedEx, UPS and USPS delivery
  • City amenities 20 minutes to Lewisburg & Rainelle, Beckley 30 min, Charleston 90 min
  • 20 min to jet airport with daily service to Chicago and Dulles
  • 10 min to the I-64 Dawson Interchange & the Sam Black Interchange on I-64
  • Forest is comprised of Red Oak, White Oak, Pin Oak, Swamp White Oak, Hickory, Poplar and Maple
  • Modern schools nearby with county school bus service
  • Exceptional home sites and forest trails to hike, bike & ATV
  • Perfect for all water sport activities supported by the nearby Greenbrier River, New River and the 2000-acre Bluestone Lake
  • 80,000 acre New River Gorge National River Park nearby
  • 90 minutes to Charleston, the State Capitol and WV’s largest metro area
  • Amazing resident wildlife population rich in diversity and ever changing
  • Fur bearing – deer, black bear, squirrel, rabbit, bobcat, raccoon, fox, chipmunk, opossum,  coyote, beaver, mink, muskrat
  • Area winged wildlife includes Neotropical songbirds, turkey, grouse, eagles, herons, hawks, woodcock, owls, ravens, king fishers, ravens, crows, ground nesters, and hummingbirds and many types of waterfowl
  • Dynamic forest with some old growth trees estimated to be 150-200 years old
  • A rewarding off-grid permaculture lifestyle can be easily developed
  • Cell phone coverage is good with 4G service
  • Dark skies with little or no light pollution for star gazing and planet observation
  • Multi-purpose offers agriculture, ATV riding, hiking, camping, hunting and nature viewing
  • An easy drive to higher population areas of Charleston, Blacksburg, Roanoke, Beckley, Princeton and Lewisburg, jet airports and 4 major interstates
  • Surrounded by WVDNR lands, timber tracts & cattle farms in a nice rural neighborhood.
  • Boone and Crocket country
  • All mineral rights in title will convey
  • Elevations run from 2401′ to 2745’
  • Low taxes, low population density


Google Coordinates: 37.915526°(N), -80.677368°(W)
Address: James River and Kanawha Turnpike RT 60/32, Smoot, WV 24977. No 911 address is assigned to property without residential structures.
Elevation Range: 2401 ft. to 2745 ft. +/-

Meadow River Farm is located in Greenbrier County, WV near Lewisburg, Rainelle and the unincorporated community of Sam Black.

This 215 acre +/- agricultural- timberland-recreational opportunity is located in the scenic, mountainous region of southeastern West Virginia. The surrounding Greenbrier County landscape is part of the southeastern Ridge and Valley Region, a scenic tapestry of elongated hardwood Allegheny & Appalachian mountain ranges. Much of Greenbrier County remains undeveloped and is characterized by its scenic farm valleys, small communities and large expanses of hardwood forest.

Meadow River Farm represents an opportunity to create a classic family ownership legacy for the next tenure. Terrain is unique in the region and considered level to slightly rolling.


There are approximately 160 acres of open ground with most of this area comprised of excellent grassland suitable for grazing or for making hay on.

  • Currently cutting hay on 12+/- acres
  • Seasonally grazing 60 plus cow/calf.
  • Pasturing – feeding several horses
  • 15,000 +/- feet of perimeter and cross fencing
  • Two story wooden barn with tin roof
  • Small run in shed
  • Wooden cattle load out facility

A number of Bald Eagles have been spotted up and down the Greenbrier and New Rivers and are a thrill to see with wingspans of 6-7 feet.


Meadow River Farm is blessed with a year-round water source. The property fronts on the 53 mile long Meadow River for about 3,700 feet.  An unnamed dashed blue-line designated stream flows through the property for about 2,500 feet.

There are a few mountain springs, with one partially developed for watering livestock.


The property has been used as a farm for many years.  Some of the boundaries are evidenced by fencing, fronting on the Meadow River, and fronting on the James River and Kanawha Turnpike.  The property is being sold by the boundary and not by the acre.


The owner has chosen not to lease out any mineral-oil and gas rights and all rights the owner has will convey with the property.


Electric: Appalachian Power
Water: Well could be drilled. Springs could be developed
Sewer:  A private residential septic system could be installed.
Telephone: Frontier Communications
Cell phone Coverage: Excellent with 4G
Internet: Frontier cable may be possible or HughesNet
LP Gas: Available locally
Television: Direct TV or Dish


The property has about 2,000 feet of frontage on the James River Kanawha Turnpike. There is an internal road system that provides access to nearly every corner of the property.


Greenbrier 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.

Information can be found at the county website:


The property has been used as hay field, pasture, and forest.  A breakdown is as follows:

Hay field: 14.6 acres +/-
Pasture: 120 acres +/-
Forest: 72 acres +/- (total of two separate sections)
Scattered areas of brushy type vegetation: 8.4 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 Information: DB 556 Pg. 629
Greenbrier County, West Virginia

Real Estate Tax ID/Taxes:

Greenbrier County (13), West Virginia
Meadow Bluff District (11)
Tax Map 70 Parcel 29.2 and Tax Map 76 Parcel 9; Class 2

2020 Real Estate Taxes: $254.80


Greenbrier County School District

Public Elementary School:
Smoot Elementary School

Public Middle School:
Western Greenbrier Middle School

Public High School:
Greenbrier West High School

New River Community and Technical College (Lewisburg campus)
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Private Schools:
Greenbrier Community School (PK-8)
Greenbrier Valley Academy (2-8)
Lewisburg Baptist Academy (PK-12)
Renick Christian School (2-7)
Seneca Trail Christian Academy (PK-12)


The property offers unparalleled recreational opportunities. Numerous soft recreational activities are anchored by the nearby Greenbrier River, New River, New River Gorge National River Park and the 2000-acre Bluestone Lake.

Water-sports enthusiasts will find the nearby Greenbrier River, New River and Bluestone Lake ideal for swimming, canoeing, fishing, kayaking, tubing, snorkeling, paddle boarding and windsurfing. Great fishing is found for small and large mouth bass, crappie, catfish, muskie, walleye, pike and bluegill.

Nature viewing is next in line of recreational activities. Wildlife viewing is not just for larger animals. Equal consideration is given to a diversity of species including neo-tropical songbirds, butterflies, turtles, frogs, rabbits, chipmunks, dragonflies, owls, eagles and hawks. White tail deer, black bear, red/gray fox, bobcat, wild turkey, grouse, geese, squirrel, raccoon, fox and rabbit make up the resident wildlife population.

Stargazing-Planet Observation
Near total darkness can be still be found on the property, thereby affording the opportunity to view the night sky in all its brilliant wonder.

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
  • 22 single shot rifle and a few tin cans make a fun day

All Terrain Motorsports
The property is perfect for experiencing the property from an ATV or UTV. Riders are welcome to ride all public roads that do not have a painted dividing line and there are miles and miles of open roads in the area. 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
The land may be used for mountain biking, hiking or horseback riding and the area offers several state and national parks geared for these activities.

Rock Climbing on the Meadow River

183 routes with opportunities for easier traditional routes as well as hard sport routes and some mixed routes as well.


The nearby Meadow River, New River, Greenbrier River, and Bluestone Lake are major contributors to the local ecosystem richness and diversity for both plants and animals. There are many animals that live year round and at other times in the water and around the edges of the rivers/lake, including beavers, otters, minks, raccoons, opossums, blue herons, Canada geese, wood ducks, mallards, king fishers, minnows, native fish, turtles, salamanders, newts, crayfish, muskrats, bull frogs, eagles, owls, hawks and redwing blackbirds.

The miles of “edge effect” benefit all the resident wildlife. In addition to those listed above, white tail deer, black bear, wild turkey, squirrel, rabbit, bobcat, fox, chipmunk, make up the resident wildlife population.

Area winged wildlife includes Neotropical songbirds, turkey, grouse, eagles, herons, hawks, woodcock, owls, ravens, king fishers, ravens, crows, ground nesters, and hummingbirds and many types of waterfowl

Of equal importance, there is the insect and microscopic world including butterflies, dragonflies, water skaters, water beetles, damselflies, hellgrammites, tadpoles and various insect larvae.

Great fishing is found in the Meadow River, Greenbrier River New River and Bluestone Lake with small and large mouth bass, crappie, catfish, muskie, walleye, pike and bluegill present in good numbers.

The rivers, lake, and creeks, and their surrounding aquatic plant life, create a water a water-supported community with a wide variety of wildlife. Much of their margins are fringed by wetlands, and these wetlands support the aquatic food web, provide shelter for wildlife, and stabilize their shores. The plant life associated with the wetland includes rushes, sedges, cattails, duckweed, bee balm and algae.

The hardwood forest of the surrounding mountains 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.


Just like 200 years ago, when the first mountaineers settled the area, the property can be self-sustaining in times of necessity – even without on-grid electricity.

  • Solar or wind power could provide an endless supply of off grid electricity
  • Fresh water for drinking and cooking would come from the drilled water well (hand drawing water from the well using a cylinder well bucket)
  • Deer and turkey can supply fresh meat
  • Raise chickens, pigs, cows, sheep, goats, rabbits etc.) and could be farmed with horse drawn equipment. The land would support 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 and pounds of walnuts


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 possible 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)


The timber resource is well positioned for future 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.

The 50+/- acre forest has trees in the 10-150 year old range. The forest resource is composed of upland Appalachian hardwoods and wetland hardwood species. The species composition consists primarily of Pin Oak, Swamp White Oak, Red Maple, Poplar, Red Oak, White Oak, Hickory, and a host of associated species (Sourwood, Black Walnut, Locust, Black Gum, Beech, Ironwood and Hop Hornbeam).

Several “Heritage Trees” are scattered throughout the forest and old field edges. These ancient trees, some 100-200 years old, have withstood the test of time, weathering flood, ice, wind, lightning strikes and fire.

The forest floor is home to several types of mushrooms, medicinal plants, wild ginseng, ferns and cool green mosses. There may be a few fruit trees scattered about, which were part of the early homestead. Crops of black walnuts are produced each. Honeybees will do very well here.


In earlier times, before the environmental and societal value of wetlands was discovered, Meadow River’s 13 acre wetland forest was commonly called a “swamp forest”. This enchanting little woodland is biologically rich and wildlife diverse, being akin to the world’s largest swamp forests found in the Amazon. This small, but mighty forest, works to provide “ecosystem services”—non-monetary benefits like clean water, clean air, carbon sequestration, hunting, and yes—recreation for children.

Meadow River Farm’s  Forest is the best of both worlds. You can visit during a dry season to walk beside the 100+ year old trees and watch for deer, squirrels, raccoon, and turkey; or explore during the wet season and search for butterflies, turtles, frogs, crawdads, song birds, salamanders, newts, and a host of other aquatic invertebrates, migratory birds, reptiles, and amphibians.

The 100+ year old trees incredibly beautiful. The majestic Pin Oak and Swamp White Oak provide the forest’s foundation, while Red Maple, Hickory, American Elm, Ash, Ironwood and Hop Hornbeam (Muscle Wood) fill in between. The Pin Oak and Swamp White Oak are especially adapted to the wetland growing conditions found in the forest. The Pin Oak bark was used by some Native American tribes to make a drink for treatment of intestinal pain. The name “pin oak” is possibly due to the many small, slender twigs, but may also be from the historical use of the hard wood for pins in wooden building construction.

A few “Heritage Trees” are scattered throughout the forest and field edges. These ancient trees, 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 is present and it is anticipated that all the Ash east of the Mississippi will succumb to the borer over the coming decade. There have been no forest fires in the recent memory.

The forest floor is home to several types of mushrooms, medicinal plants, ferns and cool green mosses.

Meadow River Farm’s very special plant – “Skunk Cabbage!”
In the spring, the Meadow River Farm’s Forest floor is covered with the green, low growing plant, commonly known as skunk cabbage (also swamp cabbage, clumpfoot cabbage, meadow cabbage, or polecat weed). Breaking or tearing a leaf produces a pungent but not harmful odor, the source of the plant’s common name; it is also foul smelling when it blooms. The plant is not poisonous to the touch. The foul odor attracts its pollinators, scavenging flies, stoneflies, and bees. The odor in the leaves may also serve to discourage large animals (and humans) from disturbing or damaging this plant which grows in soft wetland soils.

Eastern skunk cabbage is notable for its ability to generate temperatures of up to 27–63 °F above air temperature by cyanide resistant cellular respiration in order to melt its way through frozen ground, placing it among a small group of thermogenic plants. Even though it flowers while there is still snow and ice on the ground, it is successfully pollinated by early insects that also emerge at this time. Some studies suggest that beyond allowing the plant to grow in icy soil, the heat it produces may help to spread its odor in the air. Carrion-feeding insects that are attracted by the scent may be doubly encouraged to enter the spathe because it is warmer than the surrounding air, fueling pollination.

Eastern skunk cabbage has contractile roots which contract after growing into the earth. This pulls the stem of the plant deeper into the mud, so that the plant in effect grows downward, not upward. Each year, the plant grows deeper into the earth, so that older plants are practically impossible to dig up. They reproduce by hard, pea-sized seeds which fall in the mud and are carried away by animals or by floods.

In the 1800’s U.S. Pharmacopoeia listed eastern skunk cabbage as the drug “dracontium”. It was used in the treatment of respiratory diseases, nervous disorders, rheumatism, and dropsy. Skunk cabbage was used extensively as a medicinal plant, seasoning, and magical talisman by various tribes of Native Americans. While not considered edible raw, because the roots are toxic and the leaves can burn the mouth, the leaves may be dried and used in soups and stews.


Meadow River Farm is an easy drive of higher population areas of Charleston, Roanoke, Blacksburg, Beckley, Princeton and Lewisburg.

Nearby Beckley & Lewisburg offer grocery stores, restaurants, banks, auto parts stores, hardware, hospital, dentists and most other city amenities. Beckley is the Raleigh County Seat and Lewisburg is the Greenbrier County seat and they are the economic and governmental hub of those counties.

Charleston is West Virginia’s state capitol (90 min). 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 (30 min), has a population of 34,000, and is the county seat of Raleigh County. All city 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 surrounding area offers unlimited recreational activities including white water rafting, golfing, fishing, camping, hiking, bird watching and rock climbing and snow skiing.


  • 30-60 min to Beckley, Princeton, Lewisburg, 80,000 acre New River Gorge National Park, 2,000 acre Bluestone Lake, Pipestem Resort and Bluestone State Park, Sandstone Falls, Winterplace Ski Resort and the 4-Star Greenbrier Resort, 3000 acre Summersville Lake
  • A picturesque Amtrak train ride from Hinton or White Sulphur Springs connects the area to DC, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and many other locations
  • Washington, DC is 5 hours and Charlotte 3 hours
  • Charleston, Beckley, Lewisburg airports offer jet service to main hubs
  • Charleston, the state capitol, is 1.5 hours’ drive and offers all large city amenities
  • Easy access to I-64, I-77, I-79, US 460, US 19
  • The Bechtel Summit Reserve, the12,000 acre Boy Scouts of America’s high adventure camp (60 min)
  • The 14,000 acre Bluestone Wildlife Management Area is just down river at Bull Falls


The property is located in the heart of the recreational mecca area and is 20 minutes to the New River, 80,000 acre New River Gorge National River Park and 35 minutes to the 2000 acre Bluestone Lake at Hinton. 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.

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 MEADOW RIVER (Article by David Sibray, WV Explorer)

The Meadow River takes its name from the Big Meadows of western Greenbrier County, the region of glades and pastureland in southeastern West Virginia (WV) in which it sources. The Meadow River is a principal tributary of the Gauley River. Along part of its length, it forms the boundary between northern Fayette County and southern Nicholas County.

Formed at the confluence of Eagle Branch and Callahan Branch, and flowing generally southeast to northwest, it passes Rupert, Charmco, and Rainelle. Major tributaries include Methodist Branch, Otter Creek, Little Clear Creek, Big Clear Creek, Mill Creek, Laurel Creek, Meadow Creek, Brackens Creek, Young’s Creek, Glade Creek, Hendricks Creek and Dogwood Creek, before reaching its mouth at the Gauley River at Carnifex Ferry, West Virginia.

The river flows a total of 53 miles, mostly within the Meadow River Wildlife Management Area. The lower 5 miles is within the Gauley River National Recreation Area. The river drains 365 square miles.  Via the Gauley, New, Kanawha and Ohio Rivers, it becomes a part of the Mississippi River watershed.

The Meadow River Wildlife Management Area protects much of the ecosystem of the upper river among its meadows. Its lower 12 miles are part of the Gauley River National Recreation Area. The lower river is a popular kayaking stream, and its cliff-lined canyon along its lower course is a popular destination for rock climbing.

Boulders in the canyon of the Meadow River prevented the success of a logging industry before the development of railroads, after which the Meadow River Lumber Company established one of the most productive lumber operations in the world at Rainelle, WV, until 1970. During the Civil War, the Battle of Carnifex Ferry was fought between Union and Confederate forces above the mouth of the river. Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park protects the site.

From source to mouth, the following select towns and villages are located on or near the Meadow River. Grassy Meadows, Dawson, Meadow Bluff, Rupert, Hines, Charmco, Rainelle, Russellville, and Nallen, WV.


Cutting a 50-mile path through the Appalachian Mountains, the Meadow River provides ample opportunities for fishing, canoeing and whitewater rafting. The Meadow River is a tributary of the Gauley River, which in turn feeds the New River, one of the best bass fishing rivers in the United States. And while the Meadow River tends to get overshadowed by its neighbors when it comes to fishing, its clear waters harbor abundant populations of bass and other game fish.

Smallmouth bass are one of the most common game fish species in the Meadow River — and also one of the most sought-after by anglers. These hard-fighting fish can exceed 5 pounds, though 2-pounders are much more common, and the Meadow River’s deep pools and abundant rocky cover provide a perfect habitat for smallmouths. Deep areas of the Meadow River also support muskellunge, rare giants that grow to 40 inches, and can test even the most seasoned angler. Walleye also swim in the Meadow River, along with panfish, trout and a few giant catfish.

Excellent fishing exists from spring through fall on the Meadow River. Fish feed voraciously before and after the spring spawning season, but high water levels can sometimes make fishing a challenge during spring. The relatively low flow of summer makes the river easier to navigate by canoe or kayak, and many areas are even suitable for wading. Fall is also a great time to fish, especially for bass, as cooling temperatures invite fish to feed heavily before winter sets in. For bass fishing, focus on rocky areas, especially immediately downstream of riffles or rapids. Lures that imitate their natural forage — minnows and crayfish — are usually effective. If muskellunge are your target, cast large minnow-imitating baits around rocks, weed beds and fallen trees in deep water.

The lower portion of the Meadow River is rocky and prone to dangerous rapids, making it less than ideal for fishing. The upstream portion of the river, particularly the section that flows through Greenbrier county, is better suited to fishing, both from shore and by canoe or kayak. The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources provides public access and launch facilities for small boats in the communities of Hines and Charmco, and at the confluence of the Meadow River and Big Clear Creek near Rupert. Portions of the Meadow River are also accessible through Meadow River State Wildlife Management Area and Gauley River National Recreation Area.


The Meadow River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is owned by WVDNR and WVDOH and managed by WV Division of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Section. It was formerly known as the Meadow River Public Hunting & Fishing Area.

In the upper vale of the Meadow River, the 2,698-acre Meadow River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) ranges across wetlands and bottoms along the river and its tributaries and climbs gentle slopes into the surrounding Allegheny foothills.

Game traditionally associated with the management area includes deer, grouse, squirrel, raccoon, turkey, woodcock, and waterfowl. Other wildlife residents include Bobcat, Coyote, Red Fox, Beaver, Mink, Muskrat, Opossum, Fox

The Meadow River Wildlife Management area is located in western Greenbrier County five miles south of Rupert and 15 miles northwest of Lewisburg. The area is accessible from exits on expressway I-64 at Dawson, WV, or Sam Black Church, WV. Larger tracts are accessible off highway US-60 on Tommy Hall Road (CR-60/18) near Rupert.


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