25.7 +/- Acre Woodland tract near Princeton, West Virginia

Agent Contact:
Randy S. "Riverbend" Burdette, 304.667.2897 or 304.645.7674


Piney Branch Forest is a 25.7-acre woodland tract located in Mercer County near Princeton WV. This property adjoins several nice homes and contains buildable sites.

From Rt. 20 at the Melrose stop light take Eads Mill Road 0.6 mile to top of hill, turn left onto Old Athens Road and travel 0.9 miles to Duncan Road, turn right. Then travel on Duncan Road approx. 0.4 mile to Maplewood Road aka Gayle Street. A button hook shaped portion also adjoins Piney Branch Road.


  • Access by county-maintained roads
  • Only 10 minutes to shopping, schools, hospital, and all city amenities
  • Easy access to I-77, US 460, I-64 with 3 commercial airports 30-90 minutes away
  • Utilities are nearby
  • Mature woodland growth
  • Piney Branch stream runs a good portion of the property
  • Wildlife abounds including with resident wild turkey, deer, squirrel and rabbit, as well as song birds, owls, hawks and ravens


Piney Branch Forest is located near Princeton, the county seat of Mercer County. This 25.7-acre timberland, residential-recreational opportunity is in the scenic, mountainous region of southeastern West Virginia. The surrounding Mercer County landscape is part of the southeastern Ridge and Valley Region, a scenic tapestry of elongated hardwood Allegheny & Appalachian mountain ranges. Much of Mercer County remains undeveloped and is characterized by its scenic farm valleys, small communities and large expanses of hardwood forest.

Terrain is typical of the region and considered flat to mountainous, that flank the lower lying stream drainage.


Year-round access to the property is excellent. The property fronts the hard-top county-maintained both graveled roads.


The surrounding area offers unlimited soft recreational activities including white water rafting, golfing, fishing, camping, hiking, bird watching and rock climbing. Snow skiing at the Winterplace Ski Resort is a ½ hour away. In 1 hour you can catch the Amtrak train in Hinton and ride to Chicago or New York City. The Greenbrier Valley Airport is an hour away and the Beckley Airport is just 30 minutes away. Yeager Airport in Charleston WV is an easy 90-minute drive on I-77.

Piney Branch Forest is supported with the thriving community of Princeton and the college town of Athens. 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. Visit

Charleston is West Virginia’s state capitol and is an easy 90-minute 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 30-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 New River Gorge recreation area offers white water rafting, rock climbing, ziplining, camping and horseback riding. The nearby and very popular 100+ mile long Hatfield-McCoy ATV trail makes for a very active recreation area.

UPS and FedEx service this area also.

Situate within an hour’s drive of the confluence of the New River, Bluestone River and Greenbrier River, the 2000-acre Bluestone Lake, at Hinton is truly a gateway to water recreation. The 80,000-acre New River National River Park, Bluestone State Park, Pipestem State Park Resort and 17,000-acre Bluestone Wildlife Management Area are recreational cornerstones in the area. The new 10,000-acre Boy Scout high adventure camp is an hour’s drive.


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.

Piney Branch Forest 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.


  • Water – Public water is near the property
  • Sewer – Septic systems are common
  • Electric – Appalachian Electric Power
  • Landline Phone is available
  • Trash Pickup – Curbside
  • Cell phone coverage is excellent
  • USPS and Overnight Couriers deliver to the area


A title search for mineral rights has not been conducted. The seller will convey all of the mineral rights they may own at closing. The purchaser is encouraged to have an attorney to research for mineral details.


Google Coordinates at the property are: Location (long, lat): (-81.072530, 37.389038)

Location (UTM 17N): (493580, 4138033)

Elevation Range: About 2431 ft to about 2582


Information on county zoning may be answered by contacting the Mercer County Commission.


911 Address: Because of no structures are constructed a 911 address has not been established.

Princeton, WV 24740
Mercer County, West Virginia

Current Acreage: acreage to be 25.7 acres recorded in DB 1015 Page 0608

Tax ID/Acreage:
The property is taxed as one parcel.
Mercer County, East River District (5)
TM 9 Parcel 38.1

25.7 AC BRUSH CK PLAT# 17325

Total 2018 Real Estate Taxes: $155.00

This property is being sold by the boundary, not by the acre.



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