ROCKCLIFF FOREST 101 Acres
Richard Grist, 304.645.7674
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ROCKCLIFF FOREST is a 101-acre beautiful hardwood forest and is only 30 minutes to Lewisburg, West Virginia, and only 45 minutes to Beckley, West Virginia.
• Hiking, horseback riding and ATV adventure trails
• Mature, high quality timber ready to harvest for immediate income
• Exceptional songbird population including neo-tropicals, woodpeckers, owls, and hawks
• Resident wildlife population density is unrivaled with rabbit, squirrel, deer, turkey & raccoon
• A “Dark Skies Property” with no light pollution for fantastic star & planet gazing.
• In the heart of the Appalachian Mountains
• Forest has a high percentage of Sugar and Red Maple suitable for Maple Syrup production
• Two nicely laying hayfields.
• Electric and phone on site
• Excellent road frontage state maintained gravel road
• 10 minutes to the Sam Black Interchange on I-64
• 30 minutes to Lewisburg and 10 minutes to Rainelle for all shopping needs
Rockcliff Forest is located in Greenbrier County, WV near Lewisburg, Rupert, Rainelle and the unincorporated community of Sam Black. This 101-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.
Rockcliff Forest, with nearly 95 acres of mature forest, represents an opportunity to create a classic family ownership legacy for the next tenure, or to carefully craft a rural residential project for future cabin sites. Terrain is typical of the region and considered rolling to mountainous, with upland hardwood flats and ridges separated by narrow hollows that flank the lower lying stream drainage. A good portion of the woodland is flat to moderately rolling.
GPS Coordinates (NAD83): 37.953555N, 80.602226W
Year round access to the property is excellent. The property offers approximately ½ mile of frontage along Molly Road (WV Rt. 8/1) which travels through the northern portion of the property providing direct access to the public road system. A twenty (20) feet wide right-of-way provides access to the southern portion of the property.
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 an hour away. In 45 minutes you can catch the Amtrak train in White Sulphur Springs and ride to Chicago or New York City. The Greenbrier Valley Airport is 35 minutes away Beckley Airport is just 45 minutes away.
Rockcliff Forest is supported with a great community known for its friendly residents and laidback lifestyle. Lewisburg, a 30 minute drive, is the county seat of Greenbrier County and home to the WV Osteopathic Medical School (800 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, education, retail, construction, wood products, mining and agriculture. The Greenbrier Valley and surrounding area is richly blessed with a wide array of cultural events that keep life in the valley interesting and satisfying. A year round live theatre, Carnegie Hall (one of four in the USA), fine dining, art galleries and boutiques make up the thriving downtown historic district in Lewisburg.
In 2011, Lewisburg was named Coolest Small Town in America and has complete shopping, churches, schools, medical-dental facilities, fine dining, and a modern hospital. The Greenbrier Valley Airport, with the longest runway in the state has daily flights to Atlanta and Washington DC.
The world renowned 4-Star Greenbrier Resort, home of the PGA tour, is a 40 minute drive. Several other area golf courses are available in the area. Rock climbing, ziplining, horseback riding and the 100 + mile long Hatfield-McCoy ATV trail makes for a very active recreation area.
The friendly town of Rainelle offers a modern medical center, grocery, stores including department, hardware, auto parts, pharmacies, appliances, bakery, sporting goods and several restaurants. Rainelle is well known for its strong community spirit supporting an active fire department/EMT, civic, youth and church organizations. Modern public Schools are about 10 minutes’ drive.
Hinton, the county seat of Summers County is an hour 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. Situate at the confluence of the New River, Bluestone River and Greenbrier River, adjoining the 2000 acre Bluestone Lake, 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 AND BLUESTONE LAKE
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.
Rockcliff 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.
The distinguishing features of Rockcliff Forest’s timber resource include its unusually high hardwood sawtimber and pole stocking with a basal area per acre of 145. This stocking is well above average for the region. 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 is healthy and there are no signs of pest infestations of Gypsy Moth. The Emerald Ash Borer may be present and it is anticipated that the Ash component will be comprised by the borer in the next decade. There have been no forest fires in the recent memory.
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.
There are approximately 4 acres of open ground with most of this area comprised of excellent grassland suitable for grazing or for making hay.
Rockcliff Forest has a mixture of hayfields/pasture, mature forest and abandoned farm fields, coupled with the abundant water supply from the pond, creeks and springs, which creates the perfect wildlife habitat. The miles of “edge effect” created between field and forest is the perfect habitat for all the resident wildlife. Even the county road edges of the private drive are planted with a wildlife mix creating a ½ mile wildlife food plot. White tail deer, wild turkey, squirrel, rabbit, 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.
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.
Rockcliff Forest is blessed with three large hollows, several ephemeral streams and a few springs creating topographic relief throughout the property that flow during rain events and snow melt.
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: On site
Telephone: Frontier Communications
Cell phone Coverage: Good in most places
TAXES, DEED AND LEGAL INFORMATION
Meadow Bluff District
Greenbrier County, West Virginia
Elevation Range: 2750 ft. to 3125 ft. +/-
Coordinates (NAD83): 37.953555N, 80.602226W
Deed Book 566 Page 301: three (3) tracts of land situate on the waters of Beaver Creek in Meadow Bluff District, Greenbrier County, West Virginia:
FIRST TRACT: 58 acres, more or less
SECOND TRACT: 23 acres, more or less
THIRD TRACT: 20 acres, more or less
Along with a twenty (20) foot right-of-way described in Deed Book 201 Page 491.
Deed Book 357 Page 321: Boundary Line Agreement,
Tax ID/Acreage and Taxes:
Greenbrier County (13), West Virginia
Meadow Bluff District (11),
Tax Map 65 Parcel 11, 23.00 (D) FROM BRUNER ON MTN ABOVE KEIFFER; Account Number: 00021611; Tax Map 65 Parcel 15, ACREAGE 58.00 (D) LAZES ON MT. ABOVE KEIFFER; Account Number: 00021615; Tax Map 65 Parcel 22, AC. 20.00 (D) WATERS OF BEAVER CREEK (20A. & R/W (B). KEIFFER, W.V.; Account Number: 00021621; 2015
Total 2015 Tax Acreage: 101 Acres
Total 2015 Real Estate Taxes: $560.42
Survey Plat: The only survey plat found of record is the plat attached to and made a part of the aforesaid Boundary Line Agreement.
Access: Approximately 1/2 mile of Molly Road WV RT 8/1 travels through the northern portion of the property providing direct access to the public road system. A twenty (20) feet wide right-of-way appears to provide access to the southern portion of the property.
Road Frontage: The property has approximately ½ mile of frontage on Molly Road WV RT 8/1.
Property Type/Use: The property consists primarily of forestland and 2 fields. The first field, which is adjacent to Molly Road WV RT 8/1, containing approximately 3 acres, is currently being used to grow hay. The other field, containing approximately 1.5 acres, is located internal to the property and is slowly regenerating back to forestland. Molly Road WV RT 8/1 travels through the northern part of the property and provides convenient access to the primary hay field and to the major flat forestland area.
Property is sold by boundary, not by acre.
SELLING “AS IS”
Property is being sold in “As Is” conditions, with no representations or warranties made either by Foxfire Realty or the Seller or its agents except as may be specifically made in writing by the Seller. The buyer may retain brokers to represent their interests. All measurements are given as a guide, and no liability can be accepted for any errors arising therefrom. No responsibility is taken for any other error, omission, or misstatement in these particulars, nor do they constitute an offer or a contract. Foxfire Realty or the Seller does not make or give, whether in these particulars, during negotiations or otherwise, any representation or warranty in relation to the property.
From Sam Black Church Exit, turn onto US RT 60 West and travel 2.3 miles; Turn right onto Kieffer Road WV RT 8; Travel Kieffer Road for 2.9 miles to road intersection at Beaver Creek Baptist Church The road to the left is Rockcliff Road. Travel Rockcliff Road for 1.2 miles; turn right onto Molly Road WV RT 8/1; travel Molly Road for 0.1 mile; the main part of the property is on the right side of the road.
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