RED HORSE – TRACT B
Richard Grist, 304-645-7674
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Red Horse Tracts A & B survey plat
Red Horse Protective Covenants
Red Horse Forest is 12 enchanting acres offering numerous homesites with spectacular views of distant mountains and pastoral farms; located in peaceful Greenbrier County near historic Lewisburg West Virginia.
- 12 unspoiled forested acres offering spectacular long-range views approaching 40 miles with numerous home sites
- Located in peaceful Greenbrier County just 20 minutes to Lewisburg, America’s Coolest Small Town and county seat
- Water rights convey to the old mountain spring
- Valuable timber ready for harvest to offset purchase and holding costs
- Protective Covenants run with the land
- Survey completed in December 2021
- All mineral rights in title convey
- Rich and diverse resident wildlife population
- Minutes to Lewisburg’s jet airport with flights to Chicago & Washington DC
- Dynamic forest with some old growth trees estimated to be 100-200 years old.
- Wildlife program enhances habitat, increases diversity, promotes health of the resident wildlife
- A rewarding permaculture lifestyle can be easily developed
- Surrounded by large farms and timber tracts in a nice rural neighborhood
- Superior access by state maintained paved roads – FedEx, UPS and USPS delivery
- Timber species include beautiful oaks, black walnut, poplar, maple and hickories
- Winged wildlife includes eagles, hawks, owls, ravens, and Neotropical songbirds
- White tail deer, black bear, red/gray fox, bobcat, wild turkey, grouse, squirrel, raccoon, fox and rabbit make up the resident wildlife population.
- The forest produces life-giving Oxygen and are a sequester of carbon dioxide
- Perfect for recreational activities including shooting sports, ATV riding, horseback riding, hiking, camping, hunting and nature viewing
- Low taxes, low population density
- Greenbrier Co is the largest producer of cattle and second largest producer of sheep in WV
- Forest trails for hiking, ATVing & horseback riding accessing every part of the property
- Internet, electric & landline phone available on site
- Cellphone coverage is excellent in most places
- Abundant wildlife with white tail deer, wild turkey, squirrels, raccoons, and chipmunks
- Neo-tropical songbirds, owls, red tail hawks, blue jays, ravens
- Ephemeral streams, wide hollow, ridge & flats create interesting topography
- Mosses, ferns, wildflowers and abundant native plants cover the forest floor
- Little light pollution sets the stage for amazing star gazing and planet observation
- Sized right for incorporating a permaculture experience
- Elevation Range: 2350′ to 2705’
- Diverse topography containing a mature forest, seasonal streams and ancient trees create a fascinating natural setting
- Proximity to the Greenbrier River, 2000-acre Bluestone Lake and the New River, the gateway to awesome water recreation
Google Coordinates: 37.986835°(N), -80.419509°(W)
Address: Leonard Long Road, Renick, WV 24966. No 911 address is assigned to property without structures.
Elevation Range: 2350 ft. to 2705 ft. +/-
DEED and TAX INFORMATION
Deed Information: A portion of DB 468 Pg. 417
Greenbrier County, West Virginia
Acreage: 11.53 acres +/- for the area being sold
Real Estate Tax ID/Acreage/Taxes:
Greenbrier County (13), West Virginia
Williamsburg District (18)
Tax Map 44 a portion of Parcel 5; Class 3
2022 Real Estate Taxes: $385.92 for the whole parcel of which the sale area is a portion
There is an old mountain spring located along the Leonard Long Road, ideal for domestic use.
The abundant timber resource consisting of about 12 acres is well positioned for current 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 forest resource is composed of quality Appalachian hardwoods. This timber resource can provide a great deal of flexibility to the next ownership in terms of potential harvest revenue and could be managed to provide cash flow opportunities to offset holding cost and long-term asset appreciation. Capital Timber Value of the timber and pulpwood has not been determined at this time.
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 Walnut, Sugar Maple, Poplar/Basswood, Red Oak Group, White Oak/Chestnut Oak, Soft Maple, Hickory, and a host of associated species (ash, cedar, birch, sourwood, black gum, beech).
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.
The property’s timber component has been well managed over the years and consists of stands of differing age classes. The predominant timber stand contains 30-140-year-old stems ranging in size of 10”-40” dbh.
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 old field edges. These ancient trees, some 100-200 years old, 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, which has inundated the entire Northeast US, is present and the Ash component will significantly decline over the next decade. The Eastern Hemlock species is under siege by the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid and the hemlock will significantly decline over the coming decade. There have been no forest fires in recent memory.
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 area’s early homesteads. Crops of black walnuts, acorns, beechnuts and hickory nuts are produced each year.
Honeybees would do well here, and it would be possible to produce maple syrup from the sugar and red maple trees growing on the property.
- A fruit orchard would flourish here. There may be a few fruit trees scattered about which were part of the area’s early homesteads.
- The production of Maple Syrup is popular in this region and the property has the maple tree resource to produce gallons of high-grade syrup.
- Crops of black walnuts, acorns, beechnuts and hickory nuts are produced each year.
- Making honey is also a well-established industry in the area
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 in each category that are currently being cultivated:
- 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, acorns, 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)
Years of progressive wildlife management practices have created the quintessential wildlife preserve. Management goals promoted overall wildlife health, facilitated the harvest of game, developed wildlife viewing areas, increased carrying capacity, and increased species diversity.
There are many animals that live year round and at other times in the area’s rivers, lakes, ponds and streams, including beavers, otters, minks, raccoons, opossums, blue herons, Canada geese, wood ducks, mallards, minnows, native fish, turtles, salamanders, newts, crayfish, muskrats, bull frogs, eagles, hawks and redwing blackbirds.
There is the insect and microscopic world including butterflies, dragonflies, pond skaters, water beetles, damselflies, tadpoles and various insect larvae.
The diverse tree species creates the perfect wildlife habitat. The miles of “edge effect” created between farm fields, creeks, hollows, ridges, and rock outcrops benefits all the resident wildlife. Bald eagles, 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.
The property is a wonderful producer of Oxygen and Carbon Sequester. Carbon Sequestration is the act of processing carbon dioxide through sinks and stores and releasing them into the atmosphere as oxygen. The vigorously growing forest is sequestering thousands of tons of Carbon Dioxide each per year and producing like tonnage of life sustaining Oxygen.
SELF-SUSTAINING LIFE OFF THE GRID
Just like 200 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 and drilled water wells (hand drawing water from the wells using a cylinder well bucket).
- The forest would provide fresh food (deer and turkey).
- The agricultural land’s flat to rolling topography would be used to raise livestock of all kinds (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, lumber for building, basket splints, maple syrup and pounds of nuts (walnuts, beechnuts and hickory nuts).
All rights the owner has will convey with the property.
BOUNDARIES AND SURVEY
The property was surveyed in December 2021 to divide a larger tract and is shown on a plat prepared from that division survey. The northwestern boundary of the tract runs with the Leonard Long Road Rt. 9/1 for a distance of about 1/10 mile. The property is being sold by the boundary and not by the acre.
Water: Water well could be drilled
Sewer: conventional septic could be installed
Internet: Satellite or Cellular hotspot
Cellphone Coverage: Excellent with 5G
The tract fronts on the Leonard Long Road Rt. 9/1 for about 1/10 mile.
Greenbrier County is 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.
Information can be found at the county website: http://greenbriercounty.net/ordinances.
PROPERTY TYPE/USE SUMMARY
The property has been used as all forestland.
(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.)
ARCHEOLOGY AND GEOLOGY
The property is nestled between the folded Ridge and Valley Province to the east and the younger Allegheny Plateau to the west. The Greenbrier River flows 162 miles southwest through the valley and empties into the world’s third oldest river, the New River.
The area’s rich farmland is made fertile by the Greenbrier Limestones, known locally as the “Big Lime”. These limestones were formed from shallow seas some 350 million years ago during the Mississippian geological period. The quarrying of limestone for dimension stone, fill-rock, construction aggregate, riprap, sand, and agricultural lime is an important industry in the area.
Just a few miles south of the property, you can take a trip through time riding on I-64 from Dawson to the WV/VA boundary showcasing outcrops from the younger Mississippian formations to the older Devonian mountains.
The rich coal fields lying a few miles to the northwest were formed about 300 million years ago during the Pennsylvanian and Permian periods when the West Virginia area was south of the equator and moving north. Coal, a combustible sedimentary rock, formed when the area was covered with huge, tropical, swampy forests where plants – giant ferns, reeds and mosses – grew. When the plants died they piled up in swamps. Over time, heat and pressure transformed the buried materials into peat and into various forms of coal. These prehistoric coalfields continue to provide energy and industry to residents of West Virginia, the nation, and the world.
The area exhibits a karst topography due to the underlying Greenbrier Limestone. Karst is characterized by numerous caves, sinkholes, fissures, and underground streams. This interesting topography forms in regions of plentiful rainfall where bedrock consists of carbonate-rich rock, such as limestone, gypsum, or dolomite, that is easily dissolved. Mildly acidic rainwater slowly dissolves the soft limestone over millions of years creating geological fascinations like Lost World Caverns and Organ Cave, carved from the Greenbrier Limestone.
The property has many interesting “riches from the earth” in the form of limestone, agates, fossils, geodes, and curious rock outcrops.
The Droop Sandstone, a very hard, quartz-rich rock originally deposited as sand beaches along an ancient shoreline, is especially prominent in the area. Numerous sheer rock cliff formations are created by the erosion-resistant Droop Sandstone. Locally, the Muddy Creek Mountain quarry produces decorative sandstone from the Droop that is known worldwide for its beauty and durability.
The area is well known for the healing waters of the numerous “Sulphur Springs”. During the 1800’s and early 1900’s, several “Sulphur Springs Resorts” flourished in the area. Most notably and still in existence are White Sulphur Springs, Warm Springs and, Hot Springs. Others included, Sweet Springs, Blue Sulphur Springs, Red Sulphur Springs, Green Sulphur Springs, Salt Sulphur Springs, Pence Springs and, Sweet Chalybeate Springs.
The property offers unparalleled recreational opportunities. Numerous soft recreational activities are anchored by the proximity to the Greenbrier River, New River, Bluestone Lake and Summersville Lake.
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 and hawks.
Complete or near 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 Greenbrier 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 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.
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.
Lewisburg, which is the Greenbrier County seat, was voted the Coolest Small Town in America, combining the warmth of a close community with the sophistication of more urban locations. The thriving downtown historic district offers year-round live productions presented at the State Professional Theatre of WV, Carnegie Hall, distinctive dining venues, antique shops, award-winning galleries/boutiques, a year-round farmer’s markets.
Greenbrier Valley Medical Center is a modern hospital and all attendant medical facilities, along with the many big box stores.
The county and city host several fairs & festivals throughout the year including The WV State Fair, a professional 4-weekend Renaissance Festival, Chocolate Festival, Taste of our Town Festival (TOOT), antique car shows, Jeep Rally, Airstream Rally, WV Barn Hunt Competition, PGA Tour @ The Greenbrier Resort, and numerous fun parades.
Lewisburg is the home to the Greenbrier Country Public Library, a fantastic, ultra-modern public library that is open 7 days a week. The library’s services include: Reading Areas, References, Notary Public, Local History Room, Tax Forms, Fax Service, Photo Copies, Digital Printing, Inter Library Loans, Internet/Computer Access, Audio Books, eBooks, Story Hour, Video & DVD’s, Paperback Book Exchange, Literacy Tutoring, Databases, Computer Classes, Book Discussions, Children’s Programming and an Online Catalogue.
Lewisburg is also home to the modern Robert. C Byrd Medical Clinic (300 employees), the WV Osteopathic Medical School (600 students) and the New River Community and Technical College. The area is a strong economic generator with a solid workforce employed in county/state government, tourism, hospitality, medical, education, retail, construction, wood products, mining and agriculture.
The world-renowned Greenbrier Resort, with 800 rooms and 1600 employees, is located in the sleepy little town of White Sulphur Springs. The 4-Star resort has a subterranean casino and is at times the home to the NFL Summer Practice Event, Tennis Exhibitions (Venus Williams, John McEnroe etc.). Several other area golf courses are available in the area – including Oakhurst Links, America’s first golf course, where guests play using old style hickory-handled clubs and ground-burrowing golf balls.
A picturesque train ride from White Sulphur Springs connects the area to DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, and many other locations. By car, DC is 4 hours away and Charlotte is only 4.
Within a two-hour’s drive are located some of the finest recreational facilities in West Virginia. Winterplace Ski Resort, whitewater rafting / fishing on the New River and Gauley River, 2000-acre Bluestone Lake, Pipestem State Park and Resort and the 80,000-acre New River National Gorge National Park. Five other area state parks and state forests offer unlimited hiking, horseback riding, ATV riding and rock climbing opportunities. Snowshoe Ski Resort is 90-minute drive through some of the most scenic country on the East Coast. The new 12,000-acre Boy Scout High Adventure Camp and home to the US and World Jamboree is an hour’s drive.
Greenbrier County School District
Public Elementary School:
Frankford Elementary School
Public Middle School:
Eastern Greenbrier Middle School
Public High School:
Greenbrier East High School
New River Community and Technical College (Lewisburg campus)
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Greenbrier Episcopal School (PK-8)
Greenbrier Valley Academy (2-8)
Lewisburg Baptist Academy (PK-12)
Renick Christian School (2-7)
Seneca Trail Christian Academy (PK-12)
From Lewisburg, West Virginia: 16.8 miles +/- (approximately 30 minutes)
From the intersection of US 60 and US 219 in the center of Lewisburg, travel US 219 North for 13.5 miles; turn slight left onto Butler Mountain Road Rt. 219/3; travel 2.1 miles; as Butler Mountain Road makes a sharp curve to the left, continue straight onto Red Horse Road Rt. 219/3; travel 1 mile to the intersection with Leonard Long Road Rt. 9/1; turn left onto the Leonard Long Road Rt. 9/1; travel 1/10 mile; the property is on the left.
From Renick, West Virginia: 5.4 miles +/- (approximately 12 minutes)
From the Post Office in Renick on US 219; travel US 219 South for 2.2 miles; make the sharp right turn onto Butler Mountain Road Rt. 219/3; travel 2.1 miles; as Butler Mountain Road makes a sharp curve to the left, continue straight onto Red Horse Road Rt. 219/3; travel 1 mile to the intersection with Leonard Long Road Rt. 9/1; turn left onto the Leonard Long Road Rt. 9/1; travel 1/10 mile; the property is on the left
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