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Roaring River

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Roaring River, near Fayetteville, WV, is a gated, private residential community of more than 3,700 acres located above and along the western wall of New River Gorge. When opened in spring 2007, the master-planned development was one of 13 designed and managed by Land Resource, of Orlando, FL, a pioneer developer of residential communities near rare ecosystems in the southeastern U.S.

The Roaring River development drew great criticism when first publicly proposed, largely as a result of its location adjacent to the New River Gorge National River. National Park Service officials and other Fayette County interests were concerned that residences along the rim would be visible from within the national park. Fayette County residents were also startled at the sudden appearance of a community as large in land area as the combined towns of Fayetteville and Oak Hill, WV, the latter being the largest incorporated community in the county.

Land Resource officials emphasized their record of careful residential development in other scenic areas and pointed out that three recent HGTV Dream Homes had been located within their developments.

Home sites at Roaring River, which begin at $60,000, include lots from a half-acre to two-acres, located near the rim of the gorge and throughout the adjacent forest. Scenic overlooks, underground utilities, and miles of nature and fitness trails ensure the scenic integrity of an investment in the development, which will include more than 2,000 acres of preserved forest.

Roaring River development plans have also included a grand lodge, sports fields, tennis courts, an amphitheatre, a village pavilion, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

Roaring River is one of two master-planned communities being developed along the rim of the gorge. New River Gorge Preserve, located some four miles to the northwest, is similarly situated as well as dedicated to a conservation-based development standard.

Official Website: http://www.roaringriverwv.com/

See also: New River Gorge Resort Communities