Laurel Creek Camp and attendant 70+/- acres offers an excellent hiking, hunting and other recreational opportunities within a mature mountain forest. A bold mountain stream flows through the property and past the cabin on the flat. This property is located in the small farming community of Ramp, in the shadows of Keeny Mountain in Summers County WV.
There is a house now used for a hunting camp along with a barn, storage building and root cellar. The land around the camp is level to rolling suitable for additional building and large garden spot. A well and septic are in place as well as power. There is an abundant deer, grouse, squirrel and turkey population.
Laurel Creek Camp is an easy 15 minutes drive on paved roads to Interstate 64 at the Sandstone interchange. Beckley and Lewisburg offer shopping, schools, theaters, modern medical facilities and airports within a 30-40 minutes drive. A well stocked country store is a 10 minute drive located at Sandstone on the New River.
Within an 30-45 minutes are located some of the finest recreational facilities in West Virginia. Winterplace Ski Resort, whitewater rafting/fishing on the New River and Gauley River, 2000 acre Bluestone Lake, Pipestem State Park and Resort and the 80,000 acre New River National Gorge National Park. Five other area state parks and state forests offer unlimited hiking, horseback riding, ATV riding and rock climbing opportunities.
Elevations on the property run from 2277’ to 2786’. The property’s coordinates are
LAT 037.75895N LON 080.781777W
THE FOREST & STREAM
There is about three acres of open land with the balance in mature forest. There are some nice trails in place to enjoy a quite walk on. Some of the forest was in fields prior to WWII and large piles of field stone are found along the old field edges. These stone piles are a lasting testament of the backbreaking work the early mountaineers put in to create a homestead.
Beechnuts, Hickory nuts, sweet White Oak and Red Oak Acorns provide a sustainable food source for the squirrels, chipmunks, whitetail deer and wild turkey that live in abundance in the forest. The blue line stream provides a water source for the wildlife.
Many species of songbirds and woodpeckers that thrive in the special habitat that large older trees and younger emerging stands make their home in this special forest environ. It is exciting to see and hear the large and very vocal Pileated Woodpecker, with its bright red crest dressed in a black and white tuxedo, sweep through the tall canopy in search of a morning snack.
The bold blue line stream runs through the property just below the camp. Some of the largest trees on the property are found along the stream. The streamside environment provides habitat for crawfish, newts and salamanders. A great place for kids of all ages to turn over some rocks and see what just might be living there.
The Camp is a two story home with a large wrap around deck. It is very livable and with some TLC could be upgraded to a year round residential home.
More description of the interior of the camp coming at a later date.
The mineral rights including all coal, oil and natural gas are that the seller has will be conveyed with the property. There are no current leases on the property.
Summers County has no zoning in this area.
Permits for drilling a water well or installing a septic system need to be obtained from the Summers County Health Department.
There is electric and telephone service on the property. Cell phone coverage is considered to be good. High Speed Internet connection is possible through HuhesNet Satellite or wireless mobile broadband air card. Television reception is possible through DISH or DirecTV satellite.
There is a drilled water well on site but no information is available about the depth of the well or its output.
An in- ground drip type septic system is in place but no information is available regarding its working condition.
ACCESS AND BOUNDARIES
The property fronts on a paved road for 1500’ on WV County Route 7/6 (Keeny Mountain Road Road). There is a graveled private drive that serves as access to the camp. Snow and ice removal is provided by the WV DOH. School buses travel this road when school is in session. Garbage pickup, newspaper, postal and overnight courier service is available.
Some of the boundary lines have old wire fences running along them. The property has not been recently surveyed.
TAXES AND DEED INFORMATION
Property is assessed in Summers County, WV, Green Sulphur District, Tax Map 22, parcels 35,36,37,40 and Tax Map 29, parcel 36 containing approximately 70 acres.
Taxes for 2012 were $499.95.
Deed is recorded in Summers County Courthouse in Hinton WV in Deed Book 236, page 134.
From the Sandstone Interchange on I–64 (Exit 139) travel ¼ mile South on Route 20 and take a hard left on CR 7 (Ramp Road). Travel 5 miles and take a left on CR 7/6 (Keeny Mountain Road). Travel 1.8 miles and take a right at 3 crosses and signs saying “The Willey’s and “Hocum Hollow” onto the private gravel driveway. Travel the driveway for 1/3 mile past all the houses and continue through the woods to the camp at the end of the road.