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Gap Mountain Forest is a 34 acre recreational and timber tract tucked away among the hills on the southeastern edge of the state in the pastoral setting of Monroe County. This sleepy little area of the county seems worlds away from everyday realities.
- 5 minutes to the 144 acre Moncove Lake and 750 acre Moncove State Park and Wildlife Management area
- Excellent access with frontage on hardtop, state maintained roads
- Quality Appalachian hardwood and white pine timber create an enchanting forest
- 34 acres has been surveyed and property lines painted
- 10 minutes to Union, Monroe County’s seat
- Hiking trails in place
- Abundant wildlife
- Forest produces wildlife food sources including acorns, hickory nuts, pine seeds, wild grapes
- Long views from high on the property
- Elevations run from 2360’ to 2824’
- Clean air and little or no light pollution create stargazing and planet observation opportunities
For those who prefer outdoor activities, the 896 acre Moncove Lake State Park and Wildlife Management Area provides ample opportunities for fishing, hunting, boating, swimming, birdwatching, and hiking. This small and lightly visited park is located just 5 minutes from the property. The 250 acre designated state park rest on the shores of the 144 acre lake, which is stocked with bass, bluegill, catfish and crappie. The adjoining 500 acre Wildlife Area provides ample hunting and nature study activities.
The charming village of Union, which is the Monroe County seat, is less than a 20 minute drive. Banking, healthcare facilities, drugstore, grocery shopping and a great family restaurant are readily available. Some of the friendliest people in West Virginia can be found in Monroe County. Monroe County has a population of about 13,000 residents and does not have a stoplight and has more cattle and sheep than people. There are no fast food restaurants but there is the local restaurant, “Kalico Kitchen”, in downtown Union that is packed each morning for breakfast and then again for lunch.
Lewisburg, which is the Greenbrier County seat, was voted the Coolest Small Town in American in 2011 and is just a 45 minute drive to the thriving downtown historic district. The downtown boasts a year round live theatre, Carnegie Hall, several fabulous restaurants, antique shops and boutiques. There is also a modern hospital and all attendant medical facilities along with all the big box stores.
The Greenbrier County Airport, which has WV’s longest runway, is located just 45 minutes away and has daily flights to Atlanta and Washington DC. The world famous Greenbrier Resort is less than an hour’s drive and Snowshoe Ski Resort is about 2 hours’ drive. Covington, Virginia is about 50 minutes away, Roanoke, Virginia, is 90 minutes, DC is 4 hours and Charlotte, North Carolina is 3 hours away.
The Greenbrier resort features an ever-expanding schedule of public events, including the Greenbrier Classic, a nationally televised PGA tournament held in early July, with the extra bonus of evening concerts with headliners like Jimmy Buffett, Brad Paisley, Aerosmith, Jon Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood and Maroon Five. In 2014, the resort recently opened a new $30 million training facility for the New Orleans Saints, and the football team’s practice sessions in late July and early August are open to the public. A 2500-seat tennis stadium to host professional matches was opened in 2015.
Gap Mountain’s timber 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.
The forest’s predominately well-drained upland terrain has led to a resource dominated by hardwood species. There is also some nice White Pine scattered about. Overall, the species composition is highly desirable and favors Appalachian hardwood types, consisting primarily of:
- Red Oak Group
- White Oak/Chestnut Oak
- Soft Maple
- Ash Black Cherry
- Sugar Maple
- As well as a host of associate species (black walnut, birch, beech)
Stocking, Stem Quality, and Forest Structure:
Forest-wide, most stands are fully stocked, providing the next ownership with a great deal of flexibility in shaping their own silvicultual legacy. Stem quality forest-wide can be considered excellent with the forest containing an abundant future sawlog source.
The forest’s timber component has been well managed over the years and generally consists of hardwood and white pine managed under even-aged silvicultural guidelines. The predominant timber stand contains 40-80 year old stems ranging in size of 10”-28” dbh. Portions of this stand have been thinned over the last several decades as prudent forest management called for. Some sections are ready for a selective thinning which could generate some income. Most stands are on the cusp of graduating into higher-value sawtimber diameter classes over the next few decades.
These stands represent a quality hardwood resource and will be reaching economic maturity in the next 20-40 years.
Diameters are well represented across the commercial spectrum with a notable mature size class, as well as abundant pole size timber and growing stock.
A few “Heritage Trees” are scattered throughout the forest. These ancient trees, some 100-150 years old, have withstood the test of time, weathering ice, wind, lightning strikes and fire.
The forest is healthy and there are no signs of pest infestations of Gypsy Moth. The Emerald Ash Borer may be present and it is anticipated that the Ash component will come under attack by the borer in the next decade. There have been no forest fires in the 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.
White tail deer, wild turkey, squirrel, rabbit, raccoon, coyote, black bear, fox and many species of songbirds, owls 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 seeds, maple seeds, autumn olive berries and blackberries.
The property has a few ephemeral streams that flow during rain events and snow melt in the spring and creating topographic relief throughout the property.
Public water may be available as a water main is visible near the entrance to the property.
The owner has chosen not to lease out any mineral-oil and gas rights and all rights the owner has will convey with the property.
- Water: Public water may be available to the property
- Electric nearby
- Sewer: Septic systems are used in the area as no public system is available yet
- Telephone: Frontier
- Internet: Frontier
- Cellphone Coverage: Good to fair
There is currently no county zoning in this area of Monroe County. All prospective purchasers are encouraged to contact the Monroe County Health Department for answers regarding installation of septic systems and water wells. Further information on county zoning may be answered by contacting the Monroe County Commission.
LAND USE SUMMARY
99% of the land is in forest with topography varying from moderate to steep with nice rolling benches scattered about. Historically the property has been used for recreation and timber production.
SURVEY & TAX INFO
- The property was completely surveyed and the lines painted with red paint in 2010 by David Holtz, Licensed Professional Land Surveyor, PS 738. Phone # 304.753.4006. The plat is recorded in the Monroe County Courthouse in the Land Records as Plat 48.
- Property is located in Monroe County, Sweet Springs District, Map 23, parcel 40.1. Deed Book 275, page 452.
- The taxes for the year of 2015 were $616.80.
- Google Coordinates Latitude 37.572986N Longitude 080.403038W
- Elevations run from 2360’ to 2824’
From Union, travel Route 3 about 8 miles and just before getting into Gap Mills turn left on the State Route 8 (Moncove Lake Road - Devil’s Hollow Road). Travel 7/10’s mile passing Gap Mills Nazarene Church on the left. Just past the church is a gray-blue house on the right and the property starts just past the house’s drive way. There is a metal culvert by the underground phone line marker and this is the entrance to the property.