Recreation property with great views and excellent building sites just 15 minutes from the New River

Agent Contact:
Richard Grist, 304.645.7674


Donnelle Forest is a handy 23 acre recreation property with great views and excellent building sites.  Situate just 15 minutes from the mighty New River, one of world’s oldest rivers, second only to the Nile and Amazon Rivers.

The property is a mix of meadows and woodland offering a diverse mix of wildlife including deer, wild turkey, songbirds, rabbits, chipmunks and squirrels.  A well-constructed gravel driveway winds its way to the tiptop, terminating on the high ridge where several building sites may be found.

The forest has many different species of trees including black walnut, red oak, white oak, yellow poplar, black locust and sassafras.  In years past, much more of the property was in cleared fields but has since reverted back into woodland and these areas offer great wildlife cover and food sources staghorn sumac, poke berry, blackberries and raspberries. The more mature trees provide hickory nuts, acorns, poplar seeds, walnuts and beechnuts.


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.

Donnelle 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 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 30 minutes you can catch the Amtrak train in Hinton and ride to the Greenbrier Resort, Chicago or New York City. The Beckley Airport is just 30 minutes away.

Hinton, the county seat of Summers County is a 30 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. 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.  Hospital, grocery shopping, pharmacy, hardware/farm supply and dining are available.

Lewisburg, a 35 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 is just a 35 minute drive to complete shopping, churches, schools, medical-dental facilities, fine dining, and a modern hospital. The airport, with the longest runway in the state is just 45 minutes away and 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


Electric – nearby
Landline Phone – nearby
Internet – HughesNet
Cable TV – HughesNet
Water – would be supplied by drilling a well
Sewer – septic would need to be installed
Trash Pickup –Roadside on Duncan Branch Road
Cell phone coverage is good in most places
USPS and Overnight Couriers deliver to the area


Coordinates:   37.808468°N      80.804057°W


Summers County
Green Sulphur District

Tax Map 11, Parcel 37.1

2015 Taxes: $178.44

Deed Book 230, Page 677

Deed Restrictions:

1.  Said property may only be subdivided one time in not more than two parcels.

2.  The property shall not be used as a dump, salvage yard, or landfill.