RED ROCK RIVER RETREAT
on the Greenbrier River
|Address:||217 Red Rock Drive, Forest Hill, WV 24935|
Bill Zimmerman, 304-667-7026
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The Greenbrier River is one of the most charming rivers in West Virginia. At more than 150 miles long, it has great rural scenery, rich history, and excellent fishing. The Greenbrier was a Native American warpath and had a big role in the development of region’s early timber industry. Today, it offers some of the best recreation opportunities in the state, including very productive fishing spots. The smallmouth fishing in the Greenbrier is world-class. On a typical fishing day, you’ll see expert fly fishers tossing hand-tied flies from guided rafts, novices wading with push-button casting rods, and everyone in between. If you like to wade, you’ll find plenty of access points in and along the Greenbrier River . If you prefer to float, the river has great paddling on one of the longest undammed rivers in the east.
Hinton is just 20 miles from the property. At Hinton you will find shopping along with three rivers and a lake: New River, Mouth of The Greenbrier River, Bluestone River and Bluestone Lake. Also located in Hinton–Wild Water Express Water Park with two very tall waterslides, in-ground pool and kiddie pool. A large in-ground pool at Bluestone State Park and the Indoor Pool at Pipestem Resort.
Local Summers County Festivals are a popular event. Appropriately named, the Water Festival is held every summer, along with Railroad Days, Festival of the River Music, John Henry Festival (Talcott) and more. Historic Hinton offers walking tours, an amphitheater, cafes, museums, boutiques, fine dining, a movie theatre and a cultural center all among turn of the century architecture. Several streets in Hinton are paved with the original brick from bygone days. Driving over the bricks while passing the Iconic Churches, Victorians, Romanesque, Greek Revival, Georgian and other classic architecture is like riding through a living museum.
- Home on 1 acre +/- lot with Greenbrier River frontage
- Shoreline beach. Put your toes in the water and relax on the river
- Three Bedroom – Two Bath
- 1,820 Square Feet home
- Electric forced air furnace and heat pump for heating and cooling
- Large front porch
- Great fishing and swimming area
- Lovely area of the Greenbrier River
Very accessible beach section on the riverfront. Easily walk through the grass into the flowing water and sandy pebble beachfront on the property. Take in the healthy sunshine and even bring your chaise lounge out onto the sandbar.
Canoe, Kayak, Raft, FishCraft no problem. Just glide your boat into the crystal clear water and explore downstream or paddle upstream for those looking for a great cardio workout. Easy, medium or extreme. Its all here for those who enjoy the outdoor adventure. Fun, Water, Wildlife, fish, fresh air and nature.
Google Coordinates: 37.612293°(N), -80.777724°(W)
Address: 217 Red Rock Drive, Forest Hill, WV 24935
Elevation: 1435 ft. +/-
20 minutes to Hinton
40 minutes to I-64, Sandstone
50 minutes to Princeton
55 minutes to Beckley
55 minutes to Raleigh County Memorial Airport, Beckley
1 hour to Mercer County Airport, Bluefield
40 minutes to Concord University, Athens
Greenbrier River frontage nearly at your back door
10 minutes to Bluestone Dam and Lake
10 minutes to Willow Wood Country Club and Golf Course
20 minutes to Bluestone State Park
30 minutes to Pipestem State Park main entrance
40 minutes to New River Gorge National Park and Preserve Visitors Center, Sandstone
40 minutes to Three Rivers Avian Center
45 minutes to Glade Springs Resort
50 minutes to Grand View Country Club
50 minutes to Little Beaver State Park
50 minutes to Winterplace Ski Resort
1 hour to Camp Creek State Park and Forest
Home – 28′ x 65′ manufactured home
Living room – 13.6′ x 17′
Dining room – 12.6″ x 12′
Kitchen – 13′ x 13′
Dinette – 7.6′ x 10.6′
Den – 16.6′ x 15.6″ with wood fireplace
Laundry room – 5.6′ x 8′
Master Bedroom – 15′ x 13′
2 Master closets – 2′ x 7.6′
Master Bathroom with garden tub – 9.6′ x 9.6′
Bedroom #2 – 13′ x 11′
Closet- 4′ x 6.6′
Bedroom #3 – 13′ x 11′
Closet – 4′ x 6′
Bathroom #2 – 7.6′ x 5.6′
Front porch – 10′ x 12′
Side porch – 3′ x 4′
Floors – carpet and vinyl
Counter tops – Laminate
Vinyl siding exterior
Solid block foundation
Roof – metal (5 years old)
Heating and cooling – Electric floor furnace and heat pump; wood fireplace
All appliances convey
Furniture in home may be purchased for an additional cost
Outbuilding – 10’x12′
The property fronts on the Greenbrier River for slightly over 100 feet.
West Virginia is one of the states in the US that has two ownership titles, those being SURFACE RIGHTS and MINERAL RIGHTS. A title search for mineral rights ownership has not been conducted. 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 was surveyed in the year 1988 and is shown on a plat that was prepared from that survey. A metes and bounds description prepared from that survey is contained in the owners’ deed. The northern boundary of the property is with the Greenbrier River. The southern boundary of the property is with the access road. The property is being sold by the boundary and not by the acre.
Water: Private well
Sewer: Private septic
Cellphone Coverage: Good
The property has road frontage for slightly over 100 feet. Access to the property is provided by a deeded 30 foot wide right of way.
Summers County currently has no known zoning or subdivision regulations. However, all prospective buyers should consult the County Government and also the Health Department for any changes and details regarding zoning, building codes, and installation of water wells and septic systems.
DEED AND TAX INFORMATION
Deed Information: DB 217 Pg. 671
Summers County, West Virginia
Acreage: 1.03 acres +/-
Real Estate Tax ID/Acreage/Taxes:
Summers County (45), West Virginia
Forest Hill District (1)
Tax Map 4 Parcel 1.27; Class 2
2023 Total Real Estate Taxes: $489.30
Summers County School District
Public Elementary School:
Talcott Elementary School
Public Middle School:
Summers County Middle School
Public High School:
Summers County High School
Concord University (nearby in Mercer County)
This easy living whitewater riverfront property is within an easy drive of higher population areas of Blacksburg, Beckley, Princeton and Lewisburg. Perched along an ever-changing whitewater, it is unto itself, one of the finest river frontages on the lower Greenbrier.
Nearby Hinton is the county seat with grocery stores, restaurants, banks, auto parts stores, hardware, hospital, dentists and most other small town amenities. Hinton is also the Summers County Seat and the economic and governmental hub of the county. The county’s total population is about 14,000.
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 55 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 surrounding area offers unlimited recreational activities including white water rafting, golfing, fishing, camping, hiking, bird watching and rock climbing and snow sking.
- 15 minutes to Hinton
- One hour or less 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.
- A picturesque Amtrak train ride from Hinton connects the area to DC, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and many other locations.
- Washington, DC is 5 hours away and Charlotte only 3.
- The Beckley Airport and Lewisburg Airport both offer jet service to main hubs and an easy hour’s drive
- 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, is also an hour’s drive.
- The 14,000 acre Wildlife Management Area is just down river at Bull Falls.
Historic Summers County
Hinton, the county seat of Summers County is a 20-minute drive. Hinton, founded in 1871, grew rapidly as the hub of a growing railroad industry serving the New River coal fields, passenger travel and coast to coast freight lines. Today, Hinton serves the growing tourist and technology industries.
Summers County (2014 population—13,417) is located in the southeastern region of West Virginia, scenically placed between the beautiful Greenbrier and New River Valleys. The City of Hinton (2013 population—2,588) serves as the county seat and is the sole municipality within Summers County. The railroad boom of the early 20th century helped to build Hinton and Summers County. However, the county’s current economy is based primarily on tourism thanks to the Bluestone Dam and Lake along with the Bluestone, Greenbrier, and New Rivers which converge in Hinton. Further, the New River Gorge National River begins at Hinton and flows northward into neighboring Fayette County.
Summers County is also home to Bluestone State Park, Pipestem Resort, and a number of other facilities that provide lodging, camping, and a variety of recreational activities. The Hinton Railroad Museum, the Graham House, the Campbell Flanagan Murrell House, and other museums provide glimpses into the county’s history. The architecture of buildings in Hinton’s nationally-registered historic district is of interest to many. A solid core of retail stores and professional service providers meet the needs of residents and visitors alike.
Residents of Summers County enjoy a wonderful small town, laid back quality of life. Service clubs such as the Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary, and Ruritans support a number of community initiatives, school programs, and special events. The Summers County Library supports the county school system and provides visitors with Internet access and other services. Several denominations of churches meet the Summers County community’s spiritual needs.
Summers County is served east-west by Interstate 64 and by north and south connections to Interstate 77. The New River Parkway, when completed, will improve access to Sandstone Falls by upgrading River Road from I-64 near Exit 139 Sandstone into Hinton. West Virginia Routes 3, 12, 19, 20, and 107 are the primary highways within the county. Amtrak also provides an important transportation link to Summers County with its Cardinal line from New York to Washington DC to Chicago. Stops are made three times per week to pick up and disembark passengers at Hinton’s historic Rail Depot.
The Summers County Appalachian Regional Hospital provides a fully-staffed emergency room and a variety of medical services. Summers County Emergency Services provides ambulance service. Law enforcement is provided by the Summers County Sheriff’s Department, a detachment of the West Virginia State Police, the City of Hinton’s Police Department and park rangers with the US Army Corps of Engineers, the National Park Service, and the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources. Similarly, the City of Hinton has a new fully-manned and equipped fire station complemented by six other volunteer fire departments throughout the county.
Historic Greenbrier County
Lewisburg, (45-minute drive), 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’s, Airstream Rally, WV Barn Hunt Competition, PGA Tour @The Greenbrier,
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 home to the PGA tour, 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 Amtrak train ride from Hinton connects the area to DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, and many other locations. By car, DC is 5 hours away and Charlotte is only 3.
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.
THE GREENBRIER RIVER
The lower Greenbrier River possesses the excitement of life on one of the nation’s great wild rivers. The focus of a vast outdoor-recreation destination, it flows untamed out of the lofty Alleghenies, attracting anglers, paddlers, and naturalists from across the globe.
At 172 miles long, the Greenbrier drains over 1.5 million acres and is the longest undammed river left in the Eastern United States. It is primarily used for recreational pursuits and well known for its fishing, canoeing, kayaking and floating opportunities. Its upper reaches flow through the Monongahela National Forest, and it is paralleled for 77 miles by the Greenbrier River Trail, a rail trail which runs between the communities of Cass and North Caldwell.
It has always been a valuable water route, with the majority of the important cities in the watershed being established river ports. The river gives the receiving waters of the New River an estimated 30% of its water volume. Over three-fourths of the watershed is an extensive karstic (cavern system), which supports fine trout fishing, cave exploration and recreation. Many important festivals and public events are held along the river throughout the watershed.
The Greenbrier is formed at Durbin in northern Pocahontas County by the confluence of the East Fork Greenbrier River and the West Fork Greenbrier River, both of which are short streams rising at elevations exceeding 3,300 feet and flowing for their entire lengths in northern Pocahontas County. From Durbin the Greenbrier flows generally south-southwest through Pocahontas, Greenbrier and Summers Counties, past several communities including Cass, Marlinton, Hillsboro, Ronceverte, Fort Spring, Alderson, and Hinton, where it flows into the New River.
Along most of its course, the Greenbrier accommodated the celebrated Indian warpath known as the Seneca Trail (Great Indian Warpath). From the vicinity of present-day White Sulphur Springs the Trail followed Anthony’s Creek down to the Greenbrier near the present Pocahontas-Greenbrier County line. It then ascended the River to the vicinity of Hillsboro and Droop Mountain and made its way through present Pocahontas County by way of future Marlinton, Indian Draft Run, and Edray.
THE NEW RIVER AND BLUESTONE LAKE
The property is 10 minutes to the New River, 80,000 acre New River Gorge National River Park & Preserve and the 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.
The New River Gorge National Park and Reserve is now our newest and 63rd National Park, and Hinton sits near the beginning of this park area on the beautiful, rugged, adventurous river home to white water rafters/kayakers and fisherman. This new designation will create a 7,021-acre park around the heart of the gorge, which is already developed with trailheads and a visitor center, while the remaining 65,165 acres will be designated a national preserve to allow for backcountry hunting.
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 historic Bluestone Dam began operation as a flood control structure in 1949. The Bluestone Lake has the largest drainage area and flood storage of any dam in WV. Extending over 10 miles up the New River. This dam has prevented approximately 1.6 billion in flood damages since 1949. Bluestone Lake and Bluestone Dam attract over 1.3 million visitors annually. The Bluestone Lake Wildlife Management area is one of the most popular public hunting and fishing areas in the state.
From Hinton: 12.8 Miles +/- (approximately 20 minutes)
From the Hinton New River Bridge at Hinton, travel RT 20 South for 1.7 miles; turn left onto Rt. 3 East at the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge; travel Rt. 3 East for 5.3 miles; at the intersection of Rt. 3 East and Rt. 12 at the bridge, bear slightly right onto Rt. 12 South; travel 4.1 miles; turn left onto 4-H Camp Road Rt. 29; travel 1.2 miles; turn left onto Red Rock Drive; travel 2/10 mile; turn right to continue on Red Rock Drive; travel 230 feet; the property is on the left.
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