WILLOWWOOD

Agent Contact:
Joyce Surbaugh, 304-660-8000

OVERVIEW

Beautiful Home with views of the Greenbrier River.  Four Bedrooms Two Baths.  Two Car detached Garage. Paved driveway, nice yard and basement workshop.  New Appliances, New Heat Pump, New Roof and all new floors.  Many upgrades.  This home is move in ready located at 3270 WillowWood Road Hinton, WV 25951.  Ranch style home with large living room.  Propane fireplace conveys. Convenient to all the area attractions, parks, Bluestone Lake, New River, Greenbrier River, Bluestone River and many festivals.  Easy living minutes to town.  Nice neighborhood near town.  Nicely landscaped with fenced in areas for pets.  One mile to WillowWood golf Course and Country Club.  A beautiful 9-hole golf course on the scenic Greenbrier River in Summers County that is open to the public.

ATTRIBUTES AND HIGHLIGHTS

Near The Greenbrier River

  • 3 bedrooms/2 bathroom
  • New laminate floors/beautiful woodwork
  • quality built home, move in ready
  • large front porch
  • new shingle roof
  • detached two car garage
  • off street parking
  • fenced in area, plenty of room for a garden and pets
  • New Heat Pump
  • great neighborhood
  • Minutes to WillowWood Golf Course
  • easy access to the rivers for fishing, swimming, kayaking and canoeing
  • excellent cell phone coverage  and internet available
  • located in Hinton area the “gateway” to the New River Gorge National Park
  • Summers ARH Hospital, shopping and restaurants nearby
  • close to 2000 acre Bluestone Lake and 2 State Parks: Bluestone State Park and Pipestem State Park, and Sandstone Falls 15 minutes away located in the New River Gorge National Park
  • Winterplace Ski Resort is only a 45 minutes scenic drive away
  • very quiet, light traffic and a very scenic area with Bald Eagles, Blue Herons and an amazing array of other wildlife frequently seen around our rivers and lake.

LOCATION

Google Coordinates: 37.652756°(N), -80.809228°(W)
Address: 3270 Willow Wood Rd, Hinton, WV 25951
Elevation Range: 1416 ft. to 1423 ft. +/-

HOME AND GARAGE

Highlights

  • 24 x 24 Detached Garage

Home Room Dimensions

First Floor
Living Room         23.6 x 14.6
Dining Room         13.6 x 11.4
Kitchen                   16   x  11.6
Bath                        7.6  x  10.3
Master Bedroom    13.6 x 13.3
Master Bath            10.6 x 6.2
Bedroom                 9.3 x  10.3
Bedroom                 9.3 x   11.6
Bedroom          11.4 x  11.6
Laundry               4   x  6
Foyer                 6.6  x 3.6
Hallway            11.6 x 3
Hallway 2         11.10 x 4.3

Total Living Space = 1653

Garage and Outbuilding Dimensions
Garage  24 x 24

MINERAL RESOURCES

West Virginia is one of the states in the US that has two ownership titles, those being SURFACE RIGHTS and MINERAL RIGHTS. A title search for mineral rights ownership has not been conducted. All rights the owner has will convey with the property. A mineral title search could be conducted by a title attorney at the same time when the surface title search is being conducted.

BOUNDARIES AND SURVEY

The property is shown on a survey plat that was prepared in 2005. According to the survey plat, the eastern property boundary runs with Willow Wood Road Rt. 13. The property is being sold by the boundary and not by the acre.

UTILITIES

Water:  City
Sewer:   Septic
Electricity:  Mon power
Internet:  Various Providers Possible
Cellphone Coverage:  Good

ACCESS/FRONTAGE

The property has frontage on Willow Wood Road Rt. 13.  The property driveway connects directly to Willow Wood Road.

ZONING

Summers County currently has no known zoning or subdivision regulations. However, all prospective buyers should consult the County Government and also the Health Department for any changes and details regarding zoning, building codes, and installation of water wells and septic systems.

DEED AND TAX INFORMATION

Deed Information: A portion of the property in DB 274 Pg. 523
Summers County, West Virginia
Acreage: 0.603 acre +/- by survey plat

Real Estate Tax ID/Acreage/Taxes:
Summers County (45), West Virginia
Talcott District (7)
Tax Map 17 Parcel 3, Class 2; part of Parcel 3.1, Class 3; and part of Parcel 67, Class 3

2021 Total Real Estate Taxes: The 2021 real estate taxes for the 3 whole tax parcels of which the sale area is a portion is $469.62

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Summers County School District

Public Elementary School:
Hinton / Talcott

Public Middle School:
Hinton
Summers County Middle School

Public High School:
Summers County

Colleges:
West Virginia University
Concord University
New River Community and Technical College (Lewisburg campus)
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Private Schools:
Pipestem Christian Academy
Greenbrier Episcopal School (PK-8)
Greenbrier Valley Academy (2-8)
Lewisburg Baptist Academy (PK-12)
Renick Christian School (2-7)
Seneca Trail Christian Academy (PK-12)

SURROUNDING AREA

Hinton is the Summers County Seat and the economic and governmental hub of the county. The county’s total population is about 14,000.  Hinton has grocery stores, restaurants, banks, auto parts stores, hardware and feed supply stores, hospital, dentists and most other small town amenities.

This easy living home is in located in the quiet community of WillowWood  and is within a short drive of higher population areas of Blacksburg, Charleston, Beckley, Princeton and Lewisburg.

Charleston is West Virginia’s state capitol and is an easy 90 minute drive. Charleston is West Virginia’s largest city with a population of some 50,000 and a metro area of 225,000. It is the center of government, commerce, culture and industry. There is a commercial airport with daily flights to most major hubs.

Beckley is a 30 minute drive, has a population of 34,000, and is the county seat of Raleigh County. All amenities are available in Beckley. Beckley is located at the intersection of I-77, I-64 and US 19 so easy access to Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Charleston and Cincinnati is just around the corner.

The surrounding area offers unlimited recreational activities including white water rafting, golfing, fishing, camping, hiking, bird watching, rock climbing and snow skiing

  • 5 minutes to the 80,000 acre New River Gorge National Park and the 2,000 acre Bluestone Lake and Bluestone State Park. The Pipestem Resort , Sandstone Falls, Winterplace Ski Resort, the 4-Star Greenbrier Resort and numerous golf courses are an hour or less drive.
  • A picturesque Amtrak train ride from Hinton connects the area to DC, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and many other locations.
  • Washington, DC is 5 hours away and Charlotte only 3.
  • The Charleston Airport, Beckley Airport and Lewisburg Airport all offer jet service to major hubs.
  • Charleston, the state capitol, is 1.5 hours’ drive and offers all large city amenities.
  • Easy access to I-64, I-77, I-79, US 460, US 19
  • The Bechtel Summit Reserve, the12,000 acre Boy Scouts of America’s high adventure camp nearby in Glen Jean.
  • The 14,000 acre Wildlife Management Area is nearby at Bull Falls.

Historic Summers County

Hinton, the county seat of Summers County is a 5-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.

Summers County (2014 population—13,417) is located in the southeastern region of West Virginia, scenically placed between the beautiful Greenbrier and New River Valleys. The City of Hinton (2013 population—2,588) serves as the county seat and is the sole municipality within Summers County. The railroad boom of the early 20th century helped to build Hinton and Summers County. However, the county’s current economy is based primarily on tourism thanks to the Bluestone Dam and Lake along with the Bluestone, Greenbrier, and New Rivers which converge in Hinton. Further, the New River Gorge National River begins at Hinton and flows northward into neighboring Fayette County.

Summers County is also home to Bluestone State Park, Pipestem Resort, and a number of other facilities that provide lodging, camping, and a variety of recreational activities. The Hinton Railroad Museum, the Graham House, the Campbell Flanagan Murrell House, and other museums provide glimpses into the county’s history. The architecture of buildings in Hinton’s nationally-registered historic district is of interest to many. A solid core of retail stores and professional service providers meet the needs of residents and visitors alike.

Residents of Summers County enjoy a wonderful small town, laid back quality of life. Service clubs such as the Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary, and Ruritans support a number of community initiatives, school programs, and special events. The Summers County Library supports the county school system and provides visitors with Internet access and other services. Several denominations of churches meet the Summers County community’s spiritual needs.

Summers County is served east-west by Interstate 64 and by north and south connections to Interstate 77. The New River Parkway, when completed, will improve access to Sandstone Falls by upgrading River Road from I-64 near Exit 139 Sandstone into Hinton. West Virginia Routes 3, 12, 19, 20, and 107 are the primary highways within the county. Amtrak also provides an important transportation link to Summers County with its Cardinal line from New York to Washington DC to Chicago. Stops are made three times per week to pick up and disembark passengers at Hinton’s historic Rail Depot.

The Summers County Appalachian Regional Hospital provides a fully-staffed emergency room and a variety of medical services. Summers County Emergency Services provides ambulance service. Law enforcement is provided by the Summers County Sheriff’s Department, a detachment of the West Virginia State Police, the City of Hinton’s Police Department and park rangers with the US Army Corps of Engineers, the National Park Service, and the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources. Similarly, the City of Hinton has a new fully-manned and equipped fire station complemented by six other volunteer fire departments throughout the county.

RAILROAD HISTORY

THREE RAILROADS

Railroads formed the foundation for the rise of King Coal.

When West Virginia became a state in 1863, 90 percent of its population lived on farms. In 1870, only 85 coal mines were in operation. Most of the state, particularly Southern West Virginia, was still rural and isolated from industry.

Just before the Civil War, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad shifted the fortunes of what would become northern West Virginia—even shaping the new state’s boundaries. In 1873, the arrival of the Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Railway would have a similar impact on southern West Virginia.

Chesapeake & Ohio

Early attempts to connect the Atlantic Ocean and the Ohio River by rail failed. However, after the Civil War, railroad magnate Collis P. Huntington took control of the Covington & Ohio Railroad, renamed it the Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O), and extended the line from Clifton Forge, Virginia, to the luxurious resort at White Sulphur Springs. Between 1869 and 1873, crews laid rails west from White Sulphur Springs and east from the Ohio River. The strenuous work was extremely dangerous and paid very little. The crews consisted principally of recent immigrants to the country and African Americans, many of whom had been freed from slavery only a few years before.

The crew’s greatest engineering feat was the Great Bend (sometimes referred to as Big Bend) Tunnel at Talcott in what soon would become Summers County, where the C&O engaged the latest steam-powered machinery to assist with the construction. The Great Bend possibly was the birthplace of the “John Henry” folk song, in which the legendary steel driver defeated a steam shovel in a digging contest. The song foreshadowed an age in which machines would take the places of workers.

C&O officials drove the final spike on a frigid day at Hawks Nest in Fayette County on January 28, 1873. The new railroad finally connected the nation’s East Coast with southern West Virginia, via the towns of White Sulphur Springs, Hinton, Charleston and the newly created city of Huntington—named in honor of the railroad’s president.

The C&O—along with two competitors waiting in the wings—served two main purposes:  importing miners and exporting coal.

Norfolk & Western

Southern West Virginia’s second major railroad, the Norfolk & Western (N&W), traces its roots to three Virginia railroads that played significant roles during the Civil War and were merged in 1870. In 1881, the bankrupt railroad was sold to E. W. Clarke & Co. and renamed the N&W.

With infusion of money from the Philadelphia area, the N&W was completed through southern West Virginia to Pocahontas, Virginia. It quickly became the leading hauler of Pocahontas coal. The Pocahontas Coalfield boasted the thickest bituminous coal seam in the world—as high as 14 feet in some places. In addition, Pocahontas coal burned cleaner than other bituminous coals, or, as an inspired marketing executive dubbed it, “smokeless coal.” Overnight, the Pocahontas Coalfield—located primarily in McDowell and Mercer counties—became the most valuable coal-producing region in the world.

By 1892, the N&W had been extended to the Ohio River at Kenova, sparking the rapid growth of towns along the way, including Welch and Williamson. Bluefield’s population grew from 600 to 11,188 people in just 20 years. One small Mercer County town became a banking center for leading coal operators; Bramwell became known as the “home of millionaires.”

Virginian

By 1900, the C&O and N&W had snaked branch lines into most valleys and hollows in southern West Virginia. All that was left were the rugged mountains in between. By the first decade of the 20th century, new machinery and engineering techniques allowed two entrepreneurs to construct a railroad where few believed it could be built—along the crests of narrow mountaintops and ridges.

The third major southern West Virginia railroad was the Virginian, the brainchild of coal operator William Nelson Page of Ansted and Standard Oil executive Henry H. Rogers of New York. In 1907 and 1908, crews were challenged to connect the former Tidewater Railway in Virginia with West Virginia’s Deepwater Railway. The 443-mile-long railroad was completed in 1909, linking southern West Virginia’s Winding Gulf Coalfield with the Chesapeake Bay ports at Hampton Roads, Virginia.

The Virginian tapped previously unreachable coal reserves—namely in Raleigh, Fayette and Wyoming counties—by employing the heaviest locomotives and longest lines of cars. The ingenious railroad was an immediate boon to the towns of Princeton, Mullens, Glen Rogers and Glen Jean.

By the early 20th century, branches of the C&O, N&W and Virginian extended into every coal-producing hollow in southern West Virginia. Coal from the most remote valleys of southern West Virginia could be shipped to the Atlantic Ocean, Great Lakes and every major eastern market in a matter of days. These three railroads formed the foundation for the rise of King Coal.

Today you will find the railroad still active in the area with the exciting trains and their great contribution to our economy.  In addition to the commerce trains are the passenger trains of Amtrack.  Amtrack stations can be found throughout the region adding a terrific way to travel to an from the mountain state or take a scenic ride on the rails.   The nearest Amtrack station for passengers is found at Hinton.  Located ten miles from the property is the Historic Hinton Train Station where the Amtrack Trains regularly stop for boarding and destination passengers. At one time Brooks also had its very own train station now a memory of the past.   Other active area train stations are Alderson,  White Sulphur Springs and Prince West Virginia that has preserved the Art Deco Prince rail station as part of the New River Gorge National Park for posterity.   The Trains still operated here and are a fantastic part of our history and our future.   For more information on the history of the West Virginia Railroad visit the Hinton Train Museum only ten miles from the Sunny Brooks Property.   Call now to see this amazing property along the shores of the New River.

THE GREENBRIER RIVER

The lower Greenbrier River possesses the excitement of life on one of the nation’s great wild rivers. The focus of a vast outdoor-recreation destination, it flows untamed out of the lofty Alleghenies, attracting anglers, paddlers, and naturalists from across the globe.

At 172 miles long, the Greenbrier drains over 1.5 million acres and is the longest undammed river left in the Eastern United States. It is primarily used for recreational pursuits and well known for its fishing, canoeing, kayaking and floating opportunities. Its upper reaches flow through the Monongahela National Forest, and it is paralleled for 77 miles by the Greenbrier River Trail, a rail trail which runs between the communities of Cass and North Caldwell.

It has always been a valuable water route, with the majority of the important cities in the watershed being established river ports. The river gives the receiving waters of the New River an estimated 30% of its water volume. Over three-fourths of the watershed is an extensive karstic (cavern system), which supports fine trout fishing, cave exploration and recreation. Many important festivals and public events are held along the river throughout the watershed.

The Greenbrier is formed at Durbin in northern Pocahontas County by the confluence of the East Fork Greenbrier River and the West Fork Greenbrier River, both of which are short streams rising at elevations exceeding 3,300 feet and flowing for their entire lengths in northern Pocahontas County. From Durbin the Greenbrier flows generally south-southwest through Pocahontas, Greenbrier and Summers Counties, past several communities including Cass, Marlinton, Hillsboro, Ronceverte, Fort Spring, Alderson, and Hinton, where it flows into the New River.

Along most of its course, the Greenbrier accommodated the celebrated Indian warpath known as the Seneca Trail (Great Indian Warpath). From the vicinity of present-day White Sulphur Springs the Trail followed Anthony’s Creek down to the Greenbrier near the present Pocahontas-Greenbrier County line. It then ascended the River to the vicinity of Hillsboro and Droop Mountain and made its way through present Pocahontas County by way of future Marlinton, Indian Draft Run, and Edray.

THE NEW RIVER AND BLUESTONE LAKE

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.

The New River Gorge National River is now our newest 63rd National Park and Hinton sits near the beginning of this park area on the  beautiful,  rugged,  adventurous river home to white water rafters/kayakers and fisherman.  This new designation will create a 7,021-acre park around the heart of the gorge, which is already developed with trailheads and a visitor center, while the remaining 65,165 acres will be designated a national preserve to allow for backcountry hunting.

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 historic Bluestone Dam began operation as a flood control structure in 1949. The Bluestone Lake has the largest drainage area and flood storage of any dam in WV. Extending over 10 miles up the New River.  This dam has prevented approximately 1.6 billion in flood damages since 1949.  Bluestone Lake and Bluestone Dam attract over 1.3 million visitors annually. The Bluestone Lake Wildlife Management area is one  of the most popular public hunting and fishing areas in the state.

REGIONAL INFORMATION