SNOW HILL FOREST
Versatile recreation and timber investment property with numerous cabins and home sites
112 acre Snow Hill Forest is a versatile recreation and timber investment property with numerous cabins and home sites.
- Right-sized 112-acre parcel surrounded by farmland and woodland tracts
- 25 minutes to Summersville and all town amenities in popular Nicholas County
- Surveyed and boundary lines painted
- Convenient to I-77, I-79, US-19, US-60 and jet airports
- Land legacy of outstanding wildlife management coupled with long-term forest stewardship
- Boone and Crocket country with exceptional resident wildlife populations
- Some harvest-ready hardwood timber
- Piles of field stone about the old field edges gathered by early mountaineers
- Blue line stream flows for ¾ miles along south southern boundary of the property
- Numerous seasonal branches flow during snow melts and rain events
- Superior access provided by two state-maintained county roads
- 1/4 mile of private forest management road (graveled, ditched with culverts) wind through the property on gentle grades suitable for a future cabin or home site driveway
- Miles and miles of interior trails provide access to nearly every corner of the property
- Located in the heart of New River Gorge recreation area for the water recreation enthusiasts
- Nearby is the New River, Gauley River and 3000-acre Summersville Lake
- Spectacular long-range views approaching 20 miles
- High percentage of commercially – operable ground supporting forestry, recreation and potential for numerous future cabin sites
- Elevations range from 2343’ to2783’
- Near the wilderness of the 900,000 acre Monongahela National Forest
- Electric and phone nearby with excellent cell phone coverage and 4G
- Low taxes, low population density, little or no light pollution
- Potential conservation value
Google Coordinates: 38.145189°(N), -80.782800°(W)
Address: Spruce Grove Road RT 13/8 near the community of Hominy Falls, Leivasy, WV 26676; No 911 address is assigned to property without structures.
Elevation Range: 2343 ft. to 2783 ft. +/-
The property has various ages of forestland, from areas of fairly recent harvest to full canopy stands. The distinguishing features of the Snow Hill Forest timber resource is its unusually high hardwood pre-commercial and pole stocking with a solid basal area per acre. 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.
Timber Inventory and the Capital Timber value have not been assigned by the owner 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 White Oak/Chestnut Oak, Red Oak Group, Poplar/Cucumber/Basswood, Sugar Maple/Soft Maple and a host of associate species.
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 Snow Hill Forest timber component has been professionally managed over the years and generally consists of two age classes managed under even-aged silvicultural guidelines. Part of this stand is comprised of long ago abandoned farm fields and old contour mine benches that have naturally been restocked with pioneer species of poplar, locust and hickory. The rest of the stand has been managed for several decades using regeneration harvests under the guidance of professional foresters. This stand contains 2-35 year old stems ranging in size of 2-12” dbh. This stand is on the cusp of graduating into higher-value sawtimber diameter classes over the next 30 years.
The second distinct stand is comprised of 80+ year old trees that represent mature forest stands scattered throughout the boundary along the creeks and streams.
Diameters are well represented across the commercial and pre-commercial spectrum with a notable mature size class, as well as abundant pole size timber and growing stock. Average diameter with all products combined has not been determined.
Some trees are well over 100 years old and classify as “Heritage Trees”. These amazing trees have withstood the test of time and lend an air of grace and permanency to the property.
The forest is healthy and there are no signs of pest infestations of Gypsy Moth. The Emerald Ash Borer and the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid is present and the majority of the Ash and Hemlock trees is severely stressed and will die out over the next decade. There have been no forest fires in the recent memory.
Snow Hill Forest is a premier wildlife sanctuary in Nicholas County.
Raccoon, opossum and chipmunk have been spotted in and along the creek. The creek and its stony edge support crawdads, frogs, salamanders, newts, june bugs and all types of aquatic invertebrates.
The mixture of mature forest, abandoned farm fields, and regenerated forest, coupled with the abundant water supply from creeks, and springs, create the perfect wildlife habitat. The hardwood forest produces tons of acorns, hickory nuts beech nuts and black walnuts. White tail deer, wild turkey, black bear, coyote, squirrel, raccoon, bobcat, fox and many species of songbirds and raptors make up the resident wildlife population. It is hard to find a property that has a better mix of wildlife as there has been excellent wildlife management for many years. The ¼ mile long private access road creates a linear food plot stocked with blackberry & raspberry bushes, native grasses and browse-ready herbaceous plants.
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.
Elevenmile Fork, a blue line stream, runs along the southern side of the property for nearly ¾ mile.
Various mineral rights have been either reserved or conveyed by prior deeds of record, and the property is being sold SURFACE ONLY.
BOUNDARIES AND SURVEY
Property boundaries are marked with red paint. The property is being sold by the boundary and not by the acre.
Water: A well would have to be drilled.
Sewer: A septic system would have to be installed.
Internet: DSL through phone service or possible Satellite Internet
Cellphone Coverage: Good to spotty with some 3G
The property has several internal trails that offer access to nearly all of the property. There is about 2/10 mile of frontage of the northern end of the property on Spruce Grove Road RT 13/8, and it appears that Upper Anglins Road RT 13/2 travels a short distance through the southwestern side of the property.
Nicholas County has no zoning regulations in effect other than that which is enacted and enforced within the city limits of Summersville and Richwood. All prospective purchasers are encouraged to contact the Nicholas County Health Department and the Nicholas County Flood Zone Administrator regarding installation of septic systems, water wells, and flood insurance requirements.
Nicholas County ordinances and contact information can be found at the following website: http://www.nicholascountywv.org/ordinances/default.aspx.
DEED AND TAX INFORMATION
Deed Information: DB 502 Pg. 455
Nicholas County, West Virginia
Acreage: 112 acres +/-
Real Estate Tax ID/Acreage/Taxes:
Nicholas County (34), West Virginia
Wilderness District (9)
TM 23 Parcel 50; G-48 117.64 ACS SUR; Class 3
2018 Real Estate Taxes: $278.24
Nicholas County School District
Public Elementary School:
Panther Creek Elementary School
Public Middle School:
Nicholas County Middle
Richwood Middle School
Public High School:
Nicholas County High School
Richwood High School
ALL ABOUT SUMMERSVILLE LAKE
Superb water quality and sheer sandstone cliffs make the 3000-acre Summersville Lake a unique place to visit. West Virginia’s largest lake; Summersville Lake has over 28,000 acres of water and 60 miles of shoreline. Boating, water-skiing, swimming, fishing for large- and smallmouth bass, walleye, panfish, and catfish, (trout are stocked below the dam in the spring and fall) scuba diving, picnicking, hunting, and biking are the favorite activities enjoyed by nearly one million visitors annually. Technical rock climbing and whitewater rafting are available year round, with scheduled whitewater releases below the dam on the world class Gauley River in September and October. Adjacent to the lake is Mountain Lake Campground, with cabins, camping & RV hookups and many other conveniences for guests. Sarge’s Dive Shop and the lake’s marina are located on the lake with grocery stores, restaurants, and service stations located nearby in Summersville.
Launch ramps for the boating enthusiasts and fishermen are located at Battle Run, Salmon Run, Long Point Area and Picnic Area. There is a $3.00 Day Use fee for boat launching. Frequent boat launchers may purchase an Annual Day Use Pass. Golden Age and Golden Access passports may be used for a 50% discount at all Federally operated areas where a fee is charged.
Camping at Summersville Lake is restricted to developed camping areas only – there is not random camping. Battle Run Campground is a class A Corps operated campground which has day use facilities, a boat launching ramp, access to fishing, showers, trailer waste disposal facilities, playground, universally accessible restrooms, parking, swimming and picnic areas. Battle Run Campground is now part of the National Recreation Servation System. Reservations can be made by dialing 1-877-444-NRRS or on the web at ReserveUSA.com. For more information during recreation season call the campground at (304) 872-3459.
Universally Accessible Facilities are provided at the Project Office, Dam site and picnic area, Battle Run Area, and Long Point Area.
Foot trails (Hiking) are located at Battle Run, Salmon Run, and Long Point.
Summersville Lake Marina is located at the Long Point Area. The marina number is (304) 872-1331. Additional information can be found at Summersville Lake Marina & Sarge’s Dive Shop. There is a $3.00 Day Use fee for boat launching.
A swimming beach is located at the Battle Run Area. Lifeguards are not provided. Swim at your own risk. Swimming is prohibited on launch ramps.
BENEFITS OF LIVING IN NICHOLAS COUNTY
- 4 season climate, the fall of the year is spectacular and summers warm and breezy
- Water sports: 3000 acre Summerville Lake, Gauley River, New River, Cherry River
- Outdoor recreation: Hiking, rock climbing, white water rafting, snow skiing
- Historic Route 60 is the ancient Midland Overland Trail (buffalo, Native American, Pioneers)
- New River Gorge Bridge is the western hemisphere longest arched bridge
- Monongahela National Forest and New River Gorge National River Park are nearby
- Babcock and Hawks Nest State Parks
- Nicholas County Veterans Memorial Park
- Summersville arena and convention center
- I-79 45 min to the north
- I-77 45 min to the south
- I-64 45 min to the south or 50 min to the east
- Major shopping Beckley- 60 min, Charleston- 120 min Clarksburg- 120 min.
- Modern schools
- Rich logging and mining history
- Modern hospital at Summersville
- All big town amenities in Summersville, the county seat of Nicholas County
From Summersville, West Virginia: 13 miles +/- (20 minutes +/-)From the Intersection of Broad Street and US 19 near the Dairy Queen at Summersville; travel US 19 South 4.6 miles; turn left onto old US 19 (as if going to Go Mart); but immediately turn right onto RT 41 South toward Mt. Nebo; travel 7/10 mile to Mt. Nebo; turn left onto Old Nicholas Road RT 13;(for lower property entrance off Upper Anglins Creek Road) travel Old Nicholas Road RT 13 for 6.6 miles; turn right onto Upper Anglins Creek Road RT 13/2; travel a short distance and stay left to continue on Upper Anglins Creek Road; travel ½ mile; at the abandoned farm, the entrance road and orange pipe gate is on the left.(for upper property entrance off Sugar Grove Road) travel the Old Nicholas Road RT 13 for the 6.6 miles to the intersection with Upper Anglins Creek Road RT 13/2; but continue with Old Nicholas Road RT 13 for an additional 4/10 mile (total of 7 miles from Mt. Nebo) passing the Sugar Grove Methodist Church; turn right onto Sugar Grove Road RT 13/8 (identified on some maps as Bruce Cutoff Road, but identified with signage as Sugar Grove Road); travel 1 mile; look for the metal farm gate on the right.
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