Rose Forest is the perfect multi-use property to create a large private estate and enjoy nature

Agent Contact:
Richard Grist, 304.646.8837


  • 40-acre forested mountain range with intermittent streams and riparian areas
  • Recent complete boundary survey on file
  • Located in Greenbrier County just 20 minutes to Lewisburg, the county seat
  • 10 minutes to the Greenbrier River, 45 minutes to the 2000-acre Bluestone Lake
  • 45 minutes to the New River, the gateway to awesome water recreation
  • Old fields intertwine with the mature forest creating an exciting recreational property
  • Very valuable timber should one decide to conduct a timber harvest
  • Forest trails accessing nearly every part of the property
  • Interesting moss-covered rock outcrops
  • 6 intermittent creeks flow during rain events and snowmelt
  • Surrounded by timber tracts and farms in a nice rural neighborhood
  • Deeded gravel right of way leading to state roads – FedEx delivery road side
  • Darkest of skies with little or no light pollution for star and planet gazing
  • Rich soil offers numerous spots for gardens and could clean up the old fields to grow row crops, etc.
  • A few very ancient “Heritage” trees scattered about the forest and fields estimated at 150-200 years old
  • Excellent timber species include fragrant cedars, beautiful oaks, black walnuts, poplars, maples and hickories
  • Electricity onsite and possibly telephone
  • Wildlife abounds due to the perfect mix of field, forest, water and seclusion surrounded by large farms and timberland
  • Winged wildlife includes hawks, owls, ravens, and Neotropical songbirds
  • Diverse topography containing a mature forest, old fields, rock outcrops, streams and ancient trees create a fascinating natural setting


Google Coordinates: 37.728486°(N), -80.570122°(W)
Address: Emma Rose Lane off Mt. Vernon Road RT 58, Fort Spring, WV 24970.  No 911 address is assigned to property without structures.
Elevation Range: 1736 ft. to 1952 ft. +/-


From Lewisburg, West Virginia: 13 miles +/- (30 minutes +/-)

Travel US 219 South through Fairlea onto Davis Stuart Road near Greenbrier Valley Medical Center; travel Davis Stuart Road to the intersection with RT 63; turn right onto RT 63; travel 1.6 miles; turn left onto Fort Spring Pike RT 43; travel 7/10 mile; after crossing the bridge, turn left onto Fort Springs Sinks Grove Road; travel 1.9 miles; turn right onto Mt. Vernon Road RT 58; travel 1.8 miles; turn the hard curve right onto Emma Rose Lane; travel 3/10 mile; property is on the left.

From Alderson, West Virginia: 11 miles +/- (20 minutes +/-)

From the intersection of RT 12 and RT 63 at the edge of Alderson toward Alta; travel RT 63 East for 6 miles; turn right onto Fort Spring Pike RT 43; travel 7/10 mile; after crossing the bridge, turn left onto Fort Springs Sinks Grove Road; travel 1.9 miles; turn right onto Mt. Vernon Road RT 58; travel 1.8 miles; turn the hard curve right onto Emma Rose Lane; travel 3/10 mile; property is on the left.


Rose Forest’s rich soil, abundant rainfall, 4-season climate, and topography provide the necessary elements for a permaculture lifestyle. There are currently about 10 acres of overgrown fields that could be suitable for hay or row crops like corn, pumpkins etc.

There are a few fruit trees scattered about, some of which were part of the early homestead.  Crops of black walnuts and hickory nuts are produced each year from the abundant black walnut and hickory trees scattered about.

Honey bees would do well here, and it would be possible to produce maple syrup from the sugar and red maple trees growing on the property.


The abundant timber resource 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 Rose Forest woodland resource is composed of quality Appalachian hardwoods. 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. Capital Timber Value of the timber and pulpwood has not been determined at this time but is considered substantial.

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
  • A host of associate 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 with the forest containing an abundant current and future veneer source.

The Rose 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 compromised by the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid and any 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. One could spend a lifetime getting to know this inviting environ.


Rose Forest is a wonderful wildlife sanctuary. The mixture of mature forest, abandoned farm fields and cedar thickets, coupled with the water supply from streams and adjoining farm ponds, create the perfect wildlife habitat. The miles of “edge effect” created between field and forest is the perfect habitat for all the resident wildlife. White tail deer, wild turkey, squirrel, raccoon, fox and many species of songbirds, woodpeckers, crows 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 and 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.


There are some 6 intermittent streams on the property that flow during rain events and snow melt. There may be some springs as well.


All rights the owner has will convey with the property. A title search for the mineral ownership is recommend.


The property was surveyed in 2008 and is shown on a recorded survey plat as part of the partition of a larger tract of land.  A portion of the eastern property boundary is frontage on the right-of-way.  The property is being sold by the boundary and not by the acre.


Water: A water well could be drilled
Sewer: A private septic system could be installed
Electricity: Onsite
Telephone: Possibly onsite
Internet: HughesNet or cell phone
Cellphone Coverage: Excellent with 4G


The property has a deeded access right-of-way for ingress and egress.


Greenbrier County is subject to some zoning and subdivision regulations. All prospective buyers should consult the County Commission and also the Health Department for details regarding zoning, building codes and installation of septic systems.

Information can be found at the county website:


The property is mostly forestland.  There is some old field area that is regenerating back to forestland.


Deed Information: DB 521 Pg. 839

Greenbrier County, West Virginia
Acreage: 40.08 acres +/-

Real Estate Tax ID/Acreage/Taxes:
Greenbrier County (13), West Virginia
Irish Corner District (8)
Tax Map 8 Parcel 1; Class 2; 2018 Real Estate Taxes $108.52
2018 Real Estate Taxes: $108.52


Greenbrier County School District

Public Elementary Schools:
Alderson Elementary School
Ronceverte Elementary School

Public Middle School:
Eastern Greenbrier Middle School

Public High School:
Greenbrier East High School


Lewisburg, which is the Greenbrier County seat, was voted the Coolest Small Town in America in 2011, 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, and two summer-season farmer’s markets. Greenbrier Valley Medical Center is a modern hospital and all attendant medical facilities, along with the many big box stores.

Lewisburg is home to 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 nearby in the sleepy little town of White Sulphur Springs. The 4-Star resort has a subterranean casino and is home to the PGA tour, the “Greenbrier Classic.” 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!

The Greenbrier County Airport with WV’s longest runway provides daily flights to Atlanta and Washington DC. A picturesque train ride from White Sulphur Springs connects the area to DC, Phili, Chicago, and many other locations. By car, DC is 4 hours away and Charlotte is only 4.

Within another 2-3 hours drive are located some of the finest recreational facilities in West Virginia: Winterplace Ski Resort, the 2000 acre Bluestone Lake, Pipestem State Park and Resort, the 80,000 acre New River National Gorge National Park, and whitewater rafting / fishing on the New River and Gauley Rivers. The new 10,600 acre Boy Scout High Adventure Camp, Summit (home to the US and World Jamboree) offers weekend visitors ziplining and canopy tours, ropes courses, climbing and repelling, mountain biking, as well as BMX and skate plazas. Five other area state parks and state forests offer unlimited hiking, horseback riding, ATV riding, and rock climbing opportunities.


The Greenbrier River is 173 miles long is the last free flowing river east of the Mississippi. It is an excellent river to float or canoe and is well known for its large and small mouth bass fishing. It is the gateway to water recreation and fun as it is at most times lazy and easy to navigate.

The Greenbrier River is formed by the confluence of the East Fork Greenbrier River and the West Fork Greenbrier River in the town of Durbin, West Virginia. From Durbin the Greenbrier River flows southwesterly through Pocahontas, Greenbrier, Monroe, and Summers Counties. It flows through several communities including Cass, Marlinton, Hillsboro, Ronceverte, Fort Spring, Alderson, and Hinton. The Greenbrier River joins the New River in the town of Hinton, West Virginia.


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