Richard Grist, 304.645.7674
Panther Forest is a 112 +/- acre multiple use property located in McDowell County West Virginia. The forest offers valuable mature timber and abundant wildlife with multiple building sites. The Tug Fork River is just a 5-minute ride from the property.
- 112-acre classic multiple-use parcel located in Mercer County WV
- Hatfield-McCoy Trails is nearby for ATV enthusiasts
- Valuable timber ready for harvest offers an immediate cash flow opportunity
- 3 +/- acres of meadows for very accessible building sites
- Blue-line Greenbrier Creek, 5 ephemeral streams and a ½ mile intermittent dashed blueline stream are associated with the property
- Conveying SURFACE ONLY
- Wildlife management with long-term forest stewardship
- Accessed by paved county road
- Known for its abundant and diverse wildlife population
- Extraordinary rock outcrops, huge moss & lichen covered boulders
- Nice network of interior trails provide access to nearly every corner
- Nearby is the Tug Fork River – perfect for anglers and water recreation enthusiasts
- Long-range views
- Commercially – operable ground supporting farming, forestry, recreation and future cabin sites
- Elevations range from 977’ to over 1840’
- Electric and phone at the property line
- Low taxes, low population density, little or no light pollution
- Perfect area for watersports, hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding
- 90 minutes to Beckley, Princeton-Bluefield with all big box stores, restaurants, historic district, hospital and more
- 2 hours to Charleston, the state capitol, with a regional jet airport hub and Interstates
- 7,810 acre Panther Wildlife Management Area very is nearby with trout fishing and excellent hunting
Panther Forest is located in the northwest section of McDowell County, West Virginia, about 4 miles northwest of Iaeger, WV. The property is located about 4 miles from the Virginia border and about 9 miles from the Kentucky border.
Elevation of the property ranges from 1840 +/- feet to 977 +/- feet.
Google Coordinates for the property at road edge are: 37.475058°(N), -81.903621°(W)
AGRICULTURAL AND OPEN LAND
Panther Forest contains approximately 3 acres of gently rolling meadow. Much of the land would be suitable for growing corn or other grain crops. The soils and elevation would be well suited for establishing a fruit orchard.
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)
An abundance of water is a major contributor to the local ecosystem richness and diversity for both plants and animals. The nearby Tug Fork River and onsite Panther, 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 Panther 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, minnows, native fish, turtles, salamanders, newts, crayfish, muskrat, bull frogs, eagles, hawks and redwing blackbirds associated with the creeks riparian area and the nearby New River.
There is the insect and microscopic world including butterflies, dragonflies, pond skaters, water beetles, damselflies, tadpoles and various insect larve.
The property has a mixture of mature hardwood species. The diverse tree species, coupled with the abundant water supply from the nearby river and creeks, creates the perfect wildlife habitat. The miles of “edge effect” created between cleared area, powerline, creeks, hollows, ridges, and rock outcrops benefit all the local 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, and beech nuts. Soft mast includes stag horn sumac, black cherry, tulip poplar seeds, maple seeds, autumn olive berries and blackberries.
The Property’s timber resource, about 108 acres, is composed of some very large, high quality Appalachian hardwoods. Some of this timber will 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.
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)
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 current and future veneer source.
The timber component has been well managed over the years and generally consists of 40-120-year-old stems ranging in size of 10”-36” dbh. Portions of this stand have been thinned over the last several decades and as prudent forest management called for. Many sections of this stand are ready for a selective thinning which will generate considerable income.
Diameters are well represented across the commercial spectrum with a notable 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 and Hemlock Wooly adelgid are present and the Ash component will be eliminated by the borer in the next decade. There have been no forest fires for many years.
The forest floor is home to several types of mushrooms, medicinal plants, wild ginseng, ferns and cool green mosses. One could spend a lifetime getting to know this inviting environ.
SELF-SUSTAINING LIFE OFF THE GRID
Just like 175 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 springs or a drilled well
- The forest would provide fresh food (deer, squirrel and turkey)
- More land could be cleared, and the land would be used to 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 (beechnuts and hickory nuts)
RECREATION AT THE FOREST
Panther Forest offers many recreational opportunities. Numerous soft recreational activities are anchored by the proximity to the Tug Fork River. The 112 acres provides the foundation for all that is Panther Forest.
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 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 Tug Fork 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
The property 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
The property’s excellent network of 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, 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.
TUG FORK RIVER
Also known as the Tug Fork and Tug River, the Tug Fork River is a winding 159-mile tributary of the Big Sandy River that drains parts of the Cumberland Mountains and a small part of the Allegheny Mountains region in southern and southwestern West Virginia.
The Tug Fork was a significant transportation route through one of the most rugged coal-mining regions in the U.S., providing passage for the Norfolk & Western Railway. The cities of Welch and Williamson were chief centers of industry along its course.
The river rises in southern West Virginia in McDowell County near the Virginia state line approximately 15 miles west of Bluefield, West Virginia. Its source is on Big Stone Ridge near Jenkinjones, West Virginia, the southernmost extent of Great Flat Top Mountain and the Allegheny Mountains. From there, it meanders northwestward in a narrow valley through rugged lowlands near Welch and through the Cumberlands, where, along the edge of Mingo County, it forms the border with Virginia and Kentucky. At Fort Gay, West Virginia, in Wayne County, it joins the Louisa Fork to form the Big Sandy River.
The river formed the informal border between lands possessed by the Hatfields, of West Virginia, and the McCoys, of Kentucky, who fought a legendary feud in the region in the late 1800s.
History of the Tug Fork River
The origin of the name Tug Fork is lost, though two possible sources are derived from native histories and prehistories. According to some sources, the name is derived from the Cherokee word “tugulu,” which refers to the forks of a stream. American toponymist George Rippey Stewart proposed that in 1756 a small army of Virginians and Cherokees raiding Shawnee settlements roasted and ate “tugs” of buffalo meat along the river.
The Tug Fork River empties into the Big Sandy River. The Big Sandy is a tributary of the Ohio River, approximately 29 miles long, in western West Virginia and northeastern Kentucky in the United States. The river forms part of the boundary between the two states along its entire course. Via the Ohio River, it is part of the Mississippi River watershed.
PANTHER WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA
West Virginia’s southernmost state forest, Panther State Wildlife Management Area (WMA) occupies 7,810 rugged acres, and its heavily wooded surroundings offer a range of outdoor amenities.
In-season hunting is welcome with wild turkey, black bear and white tailed deer.
The WMA offers excellent opportunities for fishing. During the spring months, a four-mile section of Panther Creek within the WMA is stocked with trout. West Virginia fishing license with trout stamp is required.
The Hatfield-McCoy Trails System (HMTS) is made up of over 600+ miles of trails and located in the rich mountains of southern West Virginia. The 600+ mile HMTS is second only to the 2000-mile-long Paiute ATV Trail in Central Utah.
As one of the largest off-highway vehicle trail systems in the world, HMTS is open 365 days a year and offers something for every skill level. The trail system caters to ATV, UATV, and motorbikes (dirt bikes), but hikers, mountain bikers, and horse riders can also use the trails. The trail system is a multi-county project, including West Virginia counties Logan, Kanawha, Wyoming, McDowell, Mercer, Wayne, Lincoln, Mingo, and Boone.
The name of the trail system is derived from the names of two families, the Hatfields and the McCoys, who famously feuded near the West Virginia and Kentucky border after the Civil War.
Law enforcement officers patrol the trail to assure compliance with safety regulations. Motorized users of the trail system must wear a DOT-approved helmet and are prohibited from “doubling” (having a passenger), unless their vehicle is designed for two people. These rules, and a host of others, have allowed the trail system to enjoy a quality safety record, despite an increase in ATV-related injuries around the country.
MINERAL RESOURCES & RESERVATIONS
The minerals rights have been reserved in previous deeds and the property is being conveyed SURFACE ONLY. There is an active gas well on the property. There is a reservation for the construction of future powerlines as well as other reservations provided for in previous deeds.
BOUNDARIES AND SURVEY
The property has been recently surveyed in 2015 showing 112.36 acres and a PLAT OF SURVEY is recorded in the McDowell County Courthouse. The property is being sold by the boundary and not by the acre.
Electricity: On the property
Telephone: On the property
Cellphone Coverage: None to spotty
The property fronts WV Route 3/1. Numerous interior forest trails provide 4X4 vehicular and ATV access.
McDowell County currently does not have any Zoning outside of its municipalities which are subject to some zoning and subdivision regulations. All prospective buyers should consult the County Commission and the Health Department for details regarding zoning, building codes and installation of septic systems.
PROPERTY TYPE/USE SUMMARY
This is a multiple use forestland property suitable for hunting, hiking, camping, residential development and an excellent timber investment. ATV and shooting sport enthusiast will enjoy this property.
DEED AND TAX INFORMATION
Deed Information: DB 0583 Pg. 227
McDowell County, West Virginia
Acreage: 112.36 acres +/-
Real Estate Tax ID/Acreage/Taxes:
McDowell County, West Virginia
Sandy River District (13), Tax Map 162 Parcel 45
2019 Real Estate Taxes: $869.39
From Pineville, WV, follow WV 97 south for 22 miles. Take a right on US 52 for 9 miles and take a slight right at Penny’s Kwik Stop onto CR1 Panther Mohawk Rd and travel 6 miles and take a left onto CR 3/1. Travel 1 mile passing the Panther Post Office (on right) and the property starts on the left and runs about 700’ along the road.
From Welch, WV, follow US-52N for 17 miles and take a left at Penny’s Kwik Stop onto Panther Mohawk Rd/Panther Mountain and travel 6 miles and take a left onto CR 3/1. Travel 1 mile passing the Panther Post Office (on right) and the property starts on the left and runs about 700’ along the road.
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