SPRING RIDGE FOREST
Neal Roth, 304-667-3794
Spring Ridge Forest is a great timber investment with lots of recreational value located on the headwaters of Lick Creek, Left Fork and Little Birch River in Braxton County. The land has been managed for timber products for years. Timber trails throughout the property make for great recreational activities. Less than a 10 minute drive to Elk River Wildlife Management Area and under an hour’s drive from Sutton Lake, Summersville Lake and Gauley River National Recreation Area.
ATTRIBUTES AND HIGHLIGHTS
- 118.84 +/- acre multi-use parcel suitable for recreation, residential, timber investment and excels as a wildlife paradise
- Clear title and the boundary lines are marked and painted
- 7 rivers and four lakes are within an average one hour’s drive. These include the New River, Gauley River, Cherry River, Cranberry River, Elk River, Little Kanawha River, West Fork River, 3,000 acre Summersville Lake, 2,650 acre Stonewall Jackson Lake, 1,500 acre Sutton Lake and 970 acre Burnsville Lake
- Close to proximity to National and State Parks, Wildlife Management Areas and National Forest properties
- 35 minutes to Summersville, county seat of Nicholas County
- 75 minute drive to Charleston, the State Capitol and WV’s largest metro area and jet service
- Amazing resident wildlife population rich in diversity and ever changing
- Fur bearing – deer, black bear, squirrel, rabbit, bobcat, raccoon, fox, chipmunk, opossum
- Area winged wildlife includes Neotropical songbirds, turkey, grouse, eagles, herons, hawks, owls, ravens, king fishers, ravens, crows, and hummingbirds
- Dynamic forest with some old growth trees estimated to be 150-200 years old
- Forest soaks up tons of Carbon Dioxide and produces tons of life-giving oxygen
- A rewarding off-grid permaculture lifestyle can be easily developed
- Cell phone coverage is good
- An easy drive to higher population areas of Charleston, Pittsburgh, DC, Blacksburg, Roanoke, Beckley, Princeton and Lewisburg, jet airports, and major interstates
- Convenient to I-64, I-77, I-79, US-19, US-60 and jet airports
- The vigorous forest is a steady producer of life-giving Oxygen and silently works to sequester carbon dioxide
- Over 40 years of professional forest and wildlife management
- Harvest-ready hardwood timber available to offset holding costs
- Several seasonal branches flow during snow melts and rain events
- State and County-maintained roads for superior access
- Several interior roads and trails provide access to nearly every corner of the property
- High percentage of commercially – operable ground supporting forestry, recreation and a potential for numerous future cabin sites
- Perfect for shooting sports, ATV riding, horseback riding, hiking, camping, hunting and nature viewing
- Elevations range from 1425′ to 1840′
- Potential conservation value
- Low taxes, low population density, little or no light pollution
- Nearby rivers and lakes are ideal for swimming, canoeing, fishing, kayaking, tubing, snorkeling, paddle boarding and windsurfing
- Great fishing is found in the lakes and rivers. Species include small and large mouth bass, crappie, catfish, muskie, walleye, pike and bluegill
Google Coordinates: N 38.578281, W -80.637261
Address: County Route 36/1, Sutton, WV 26601
Elevation Range: 1425′ 1840′
West Virginia is one of the states in the US that has two separate ownership titles; those being SURFACE RIGHTS and MINERAL RIGHTS. The SURFACE RIGHTS are intact and all rights the owner has will convey with the property. Mineral rights are not conveyed with this tract.
BOUNDARIES AND SURVEY
This property is being sold by the boundary and not the acreage.
The property lies to the both sides of Spring Ridge Road (CR 36/1) and Wolf Creek Road (CR 36) east of the community of Little Birch, West Virginia. Frontage on Spring Ridge Road (CR 36/1) is approximately 1800 feet and on Wolf Creek Road (CR 36) for approximately 3700 feet.
Water: Private well may be installed
Sewer: Private septic tank may be installed
Electricity: Along Spring Ridge Road (CR 36/1)
Telephone: Spring Ridge Road (CR 36/1)
Internet: May be available through telephone, satellite or cellphone companies
Cellphone Coverage: very good on higher ridges and good overall, 4G in some areas
Braxton County has no zoning regulations in this area. A permit is required from the Braxton County Health Department for septic systems.
PROPERTY TYPE/USE SUMMARY
The property consists of various ages of forestland for timbering and recreational uses. A power lines run across the property on Spring Ridge Road (CR 36/1)
DEED and TAX INFORMATION
Deed Information: Book 644 Page 545,
Acreage: 118.84 +/-
Real Estate Tax ID/Acreage/Taxes:
Braxton County, West Virginia
Tax Maps/Parcels: 10R/29.0
2023 Real Estate Taxes: $813.68
Due to location of property, the distances to Public Education for both Braxton and Nicholas County is approximately the same other than the Elementary Schools.
Braxton County School District
Public Elementary School:
Little Birch Elementary School
Public Middle School:
Braxton County Middle School
Public High School:
Braxton County High School
Nicholas County School District
Public Elementary School:
Birch River Elementary School
Public Middle School:
Summersville Middle School
Public High School:
Nicholas County High School
Nicholas County Career and Technical College – Richwood
New River Community and Technical College (Nicholas County Campus)
New Life Christian Academy (PK-12)
Summersville Seventh Day Adventist (K-8)
RECREATION ON/NEAR SPRING RIDGE FOREST
The Spring Ridge Forest offers many recreational opportunities. Numerous soft recreational activities are anchored by the proximity to the recreation mecca of Summersville Lake, Gauley River National Recreation Area, New River Gorge National Park and numerous Wildlife Management Areas.
Hunting Opportunities are abundant on Spring Ridge Forest. Whitetail deer, turkey, woodcock, squirrels and rabbits may be found throughout property. About 8 acres of overgrown fields provides upland habitat and acres of food plot sites. Off property there are four Wildlife Management Areas within a 50 minute drive: Summersville Lake WMA, Elk River WMA, Burnsville Lake and Stonewall Jackson Lake WMA. These four areas provide over 42,000 acres of habitat.
Cold Water Fishing can be found throughout the region. Many of the tributaries and portions of the Gauley and Elk Rivers are stocked with trout. The head waters hold the native Brook Trout. Several special regulation sections of some streams offer fly-fishing only areas. The Cranberry Back-Country area hosts 16 miles of secluded trout fishing and may only be accessed by non-motorized transportation.
Warm Water Fishing in the Gauley, Elk and New Rivers is some of the best in the region. Smallmouth bass and muskie are the big draws. The Elk River is great for the novice kayaker or canoeist to fish, the Gauley and New Rivers are for the more experience boaters only but has the best fishing for trophy sized fish. The New River has an excellent population of the native Eastern Highlands walleye. This walleye subspecies grows faster and produce quicker than their northern cousins. Great fishing is found on both rivers for crappie, catfish, pike and bluegill.
Nature viewing – Attentive wildlife management has been geared not just too game animals. Equal consideration has been extended to increasing the numbers and diversity of species including neo-tropical songbirds, butterflies, turtles, frogs, rabbits, chipmunks, dragonflies, owls, hawks.
Complete to semi-complete darkness can be still be found on most of the property, thereby affording the opportunity to view the night sky in all its brilliant wonder.
Water-sports enthusiasts will find the nearby New River, Gauley River, Cherry River, Cranberry River, Elk River, Little Kanawha River and West Fork River ideal for swimming, canoeing, fishing, kayaking, tubing, snorkeling, paddle boarding and windsurfing. The 7 rivers and the 3,000 acre Summersville Lake, 2,650 acre Stonewall Jackson Lake, 1,500 acre Sutton Lake and 970 acre Burnsville Lake are all within an easy one hour’s drive. Great fishing is found in the 7 rivers and four lakes. Species include small and large mouth bass, crappie, catfish, muskie, walleye, pike and bluegill.
Shooting-sports devotees find all the land and privacy needed to enjoy:
- Paintball-Airsoft-Laser tag-Archery tag
- Shotgun sport shooting including Skeet, Trap, Double Trap and Sporting Clays
- Rifle & Handgun shooting: bullseye, silhouette, western, bench rest, long-range, fast draw
- Archery and Crossbow competition shooting
- Plain ole’ plinking: Grandpa’s old 22 single shot rifle and a few tin cans make a fun day
All Terrain Motorsports
Spring Ridge Forest has several forest trails that are perfect for experiencing the property from an ATV or UTV, and Rock Crawlers. These exciting machines handle the wide variety of the forest’s terrain. Dirt bikes can also be a lot of fun and they come in all sizes and horsepower to fit anyone who enjoys being on two wheels.
Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding and Hiking
Along with ATV riding, existing forest trails may be used for conventional and mountain biking, hiking or horseback riding.
The most common crops are medicinal herbs and mushrooms. Other crops that can be produced include shade-loving native ornamentals, moss, fruit, nuts, other food crops, and decorative materials for crafts. These crops are often referred to as special forest products. Here are some specific examples of crops:
- Medicinal herbs: Ginseng, goldenseal, black cohosh, bloodroot, passionflower, and mayapple
- Mushrooms: Shiitake and oyster mushrooms • Native ornamentals: Rhododendrons and dogwood
- Moss: Log or sheet moss
- Fruit: Pawpaws, currants, elderberries, and lowbush blueberries
- Nuts: Black walnuts, hazelnuts, hickory nuts, and beechnuts
- Other food crops: Ramps (wild leeks), maple syrup, and honey
- Plants used for decorative purposes, dyes, and crafts: Galax, princess pine, white oak, pussy willow branches in the spring, holly, bittersweet, and bloodroot and ground pine (Lycopodium)
SELF-SUSTAINING LIFE OFF THE GRID
Just like 200 years ago, when the first mountaineers settled the area, the property would be self-sustaining in times of necessity – even without electricity.
- Fresh water for drinking and cooking would come from springs or a drilled well
- The forest would provide fresh food (deer, squirrel and turkey)
- More land could be cleared, and the land would be used to raise livestock, vegetable gardens, berry patches, fruit orchards, and row crops of corn, oats and barley
- Beehives would provide honey and beeswax for candles
- The forest would provide firewood for heating and cooking, lumber for building, maple syrup and pounds of nuts (beechnuts and hickory nuts)
Left Fork Wolf Creek is an intermittent (dashed blue line) stream that flows from the northeast portion of the property. Lick Creek, intermittent (dashed blue line) stream, which drains the southeast side of property for nearly 2 miles. An unnamed intermittent tributary of Little Birch River drains the west side of the property. There should be frequent water flow in the streams and branches, particularly during rain events and periods of snow melt. Numerous springs may be found throughout the property.
The Property’s timber resource, 118.84 acres +/-, is composed of some very quality Appalachian hardwoods. This 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.
- Prudent forest management called for timed selective harvests on portions of the forest under the supervision of a registered forester. Residual timber in these areas are considered well stocked.
- Timber stands are generally fully stocked with excellent stem quality.
Species composition: 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 Cherry
- Sugar Maple
- Red Oak Group
- White Oak/Chestnut Oak
- Soft Maple
- As well as a host of other species (birch, beech, sassafras, wahoo, buckeye)
Forest-wide, most stands are fully stocked, providing the next ownership with a great deal of flexibility in shaping their own silvicultural legacy.
Diameters are well represented across the commercial spectrum with a notable mature size class, as well as abundant pole size timber and growing stock.
Several “Heritage Trees” are scattered throughout the forest creekside edges. These ancient trees, some 100-200 years old, have withstood the test of time, weathering ice, wind, lightning strikes and fire.
The forest floor is home to several types of mushrooms, medicinal plants, wild ginseng, ferns and cool green mosses.
SEVEN RIVERS AND FOUR LAKES
These rivers and lakes are within an easy one hour’s drive from the property. Spring Ridge Forest is located in the heart of the recreational mecca area encompassing the New River, Gauley River, Cherry River, Cranberry River, Elk River, Little Kanawha River and West Fork River. Within this vast area lies the 3,000 acre Summersville Lake, 2,650 acre Stonewall Jackson Lake, 1,500 acre Sutton Lake and 970 acre Burnsville Lake.
The nearby rivers and lakes are major contributors to the local ecosystem richness and diversity for both plants and animals. There are many animals that live year round and at other times in the water and around the edges of the rivers/lake, including beavers, otters, minks, raccoons, opossums, blue herons, Canada geese, wood ducks, mallards, king fishers, minnows, native fish, turtles, salamanders, newts, crayfish, muskrats, bull frogs, eagles, owls, hawks and redwing blackbirds.
Great fishing is found in these rivers and lakes with small and large mouth bass, crappie, catfish, muskie, walleye, pike and bluegill present in good numbers.
ELK RIVER WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA & SUTTON LAKE
The 19,646-acre Elk River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Braxton County is beautiful, peaceful and secluded. It has mature forests full of old growth timber, partially timbered areas and well-maintained hunting trails. With more than 19,600 acres to explore, Elk River WMA has plenty of space for hunters and game alike. When hunting season isn’t in, the Elk River Wildlife Management Area is a perfect place to hike and enjoy the scenic beauty of West Virginia.
Sutton Lake, at 1,440 acres, A beautiful lake, winding 14 miles along the Elk River, with many coves along its 40 miles of shoreline. The lake is 125 feet deep at the dam. Sutton Dam is located just above the Town of Sutton. The lake is equipped with five boat ramps with wheelchair access and accommodates fishing for trout, bass, walleye, bluegill, catfish, and muskellunge. The Sutton Lake tailwaters are stocked with trout from February through May and during Columbus Day week. More than 240 tent and trailer campsites have been developed in the management area, as well as 12 primitive campsites. A 100-yard and 175-yard shooting range are on site.
GAULEY RIVER NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
The Gauley River was added to the National Park System in 1988. The 25 miles of free-flowing Gauley River and the six miles of the Meadow River pass through scenic gorges and valleys containing a wide variety of natural and cultural features. Dropping 26 feet per mile through a gorge that averages 500 feet in depth, the Gauley is noted for its outstanding whitewater and is one of the most technical rivers in the nation, contains several class V+ rapids. The Meadow River gradient averages 71 feet per mile. The Gauley River and its gorge have been a barrier as well as a corridor for human activity. The area was used for fishing and hunting by Native Americans for 10,000 years and was populated by Europeans in the late 1700s near the mouth of Peters Creek. The confluence of the Gauley and Meadow rivers was the site of an 1861 Civil War battle. Union troops forced Confederate forces from their position overlooking the Gauley. The site is part of Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park. In the late 1800s railroads and lumber companies came to the gorge to harvest its vast supply of timber. Coal and gas development followed shortly after are still economic powers in the area.
Vegetation is diverse and abundant. Extremes in topography, elevation and microclimate have caused tremendous variation in plant life. Most of the recreation area is below 2,000 feet and contains the central hardwood forest type. Tree species found in this timber type include the red and white oak, American beech, yellow poplar, hemlock and dogwood. Such vegetation supports a wide variety of wildlife species.
SUMMERSVILLE LAKE STATE PARK
Introducing West Virginia’s newest state park, Summersville Lake State Park. Summersville Lake State Park is the state’s first new state park to be added in more than 30 years and sits on 177 acres on the northern shore of the state’s largest lake in Nicholas County. Making history, Governor Justice signed the bill to officially designate this new state park on August 11, 2023.
Summersville Lake State Park will become West Virginia’s first state park with climbing access and the nation’s first state park with an emphasis on climbing education. The park currently features hiking and biking trails, day use picnic areas with many more planned recreational activities and amenities on the way including water activities, aerial sports, camping, cabins, and more.
Summersville Lake has been a national and international destination known for its clear blue waters and unique rock formations since opening in 1966. Located on 177 acres of the park, well-known crags and climbing areas are available to explore.
CARNIFEX FERRY BATTLEFIELD STATE PARK
Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park is located on the rim of the Gauley River Canyon, minutes from Summersville Lake. This Park offers picnicking, reservable picnic shelters, hiking trails, three overlooks of the Gauley River, softball field, volleyball court, horseshoe pits, and the Patterson House Museum. The park is seasonal in nature.
The 156-acre Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park is an important Civil War battle site. It is part of the Civil War Discovery Trail, which links more than 300 historical sites in 16 states, and commemorates the 1861 Battle of Carnifex Ferry, a major Union victory that led to the eventual Confederate withdrawal from western Virginia. Carnifex Ferry is one of the oldest state parks in the United States and is a popular site for Civil War reenactments.
SUMMERSVILLE LAKE AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA
Superb water quality and sheer sandstone cliffs make Summersville Lake a unique place to visit. West Virginia’s largest lake; Summersville Lake has over 2,700 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.
The 5,974-acre Summersville Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) ranges across tableland forests and towering cliffs that famously overlook Summersville Lake. Game traditionally hunted in the management area includes bear, deer, grouse, squirrel, and turkey, though the lake is its principal attraction.
NEW RIVER GORGE NATIONAL PARK AND RESERVE
The Newest National Park in America at your back door… Just a short 35 minute drive from the property will take you to the amazing New River National Park. An awe inspiring visit that is sure to bring a new experience each and every time. Once you see it, it’s something you’ll never forget. Rock climbers have long prized the sandstone cliffs of West Virginia’s New River Gorge, which was designated as a national park and preserve in December 2020. New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is known for its 53 miles of free flowing whitewater that cuts through sandstone cliffs towering as high as 1,000 feet in the air. It boasts class III through V rapids and plenty of boulders to keep even the most experienced rafters engaged. The upper part of the river is calmer and more welcoming to new rafters. The area also boasts more than 1,500 climbing routes, as well as a 12.8-mile system of mountain bike trails built by the Boy Scouts. There are moments, as you drift through the deep canyon walls of the New River Gorge, when it feels like you’ve got the whole world to yourself. It’s just you and the river, littered with massive, prehistoric boulders that were here when the coal mining camps were built, and the fur trading posts before them, and the Shawnee and Cherokee villages before those. In a river that geologists say could be one of the world’s oldest, you can lose yourself in time. Then the current picks up, and you’re back to paddling like mad, navigating the chutes and eddies of heart-pounding white water. Since the 1960s, West Virginia’s New River Gorge has drawn adventure seekers to its rapids and rock walls, and those rafters and climbers have long considered it a hidden gem. But the curtain is being drawn back on the canyon, because part of it has become America’s 63rd national park. New River Gorge National River’s 72,186 acres is just like its name “New”. The Newest National Park and Preserve in America.
CRANBERRY RIVER AND WILDERNESS AREA
The 47,815 acre Cranberry Wilderness and 14,000 acre Cranberry Backcountry in the Monongahela National Forest is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Located in Pocahontas and Webster Counties, the area includes the entire drainage of the Middle Fork of the Williams and the North Fork of the Cranberry Rivers. Elevations range from 2,400 to over 4,600 feet.
Cranberry Wilderness and Cranberry Backcountry make up one of the largest backpacking areas east of the Mississippi River. Together there are 135 miles of hiking trails that provide a great opportunity of reasonably long distance trips (3 to 6 days) and some good loops. The scenery includes rugged mountains with streams, waterfalls and swimming holes. Hardwood forests dominate the lower elevations and spruce forests offer interesting variation on the peaks of the mountains.
CRANBERRY RIVER FLY FISHING
The Cranberry River is a confluence of its North and South Forks which rise on Black Mountain and Cranberry Mountain, respectively. In the past, naturally acidic water made the Cranberry River almost unlivable for warm water species. Thanks to the Department of Natural Resources’ addition of limestone to the water in recent years, the river’s PH levels have risen and its waters are now rife with wildlife, namely, trout. In fact, the Cranberry River holds more trout per acre than any other stream in West Virginia. The river consists of two sections; the easily accessible lower section and the remote backcountry section, which is the real crown jewel for anglers. Deep in the wilderness and unreachable by vehicles, the 16-mile backcountry section is well worth the hike. The Backcountry includes both the North and South forks as well as Dogway Fork, the river’s glorious 6-mile stretch designated for “Fly Fishing Only”. All three forks are excellent for brook trout fishing, but the backcountry section fosters plenty of rainbow and brown trout. It’s very likely you won’t be ready to head home after just one day, so check out the shelters available along the water for overnight trips. Glades Gate Google Map Coordinates: 38.208298, -80.282796
Beautiful Burnsville Lake was created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to control flooding along the Little Kanawha River. In addition to flood control, the 968-acre lake provides wildlife management and recreational opportunities such as boating, fishing, camping, cycling, picnicking, and nature watching. The choice is yours.
Boating is one of the most popular activities at Burnsville Lake. You can rent a jet ski for a fast-paced ride, a pontoon boat for a leisurely cruise, and a canoe for a bit of exercise. Three public boat launches are available. Visitors to the lake who are truly looking to escape for a while love the areas two campgrounds. The Riffle Run Campground is located near the dam and marina. This campground offers 60 sites. Bulltown Campground features 204 waterfront and wooded campsites with electric hook-ups. The Bulltown Recreation Areas offer a swimming beach with restrooms, boat launch ramp, fishing access, picnic shelters, and horseshoe pits. Fishing is a favorite Burnsville Lake pastime, and the reservoir is home to bluegill, carp, channel catfish, crappie, flathead catfish, largemouth bass, long-nosed gar, muskellunge, rock bass, sauger, saugeye, smallmouth bass, trout, sunfish, and walleye.
From Birch River Post Office Travel 300 feet on Powells Creek Road to WV 82. Turn left on WV 82 for 200 feet, turn right on to US-19N ramp toward Sutton. Travel 2 miles on US-19N turn right on County Route 19/40 Old Turnpike Road. Travel 4.4 miles make sharp right turn onto County Route 40 Erbacon Road. Travel 2.8 miles turn left on to County Route 40/18 Coffman Hill Road, traveling 0.7 miles make right turn on County Route 36/1 Spring Ridge Road, travel 0.7mile and enter property on both sides of the road. Property lies on both sides of Spring Ridge Road for approximately 0.3 miles.
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