Thurmond, West Virginia: Coal Mining Ghost TownAbout 20 buildings remain in the former coal town of Thurmond, where less than 10 residents still live in the hills. The train line is actively used, and the National Parks maintain a museum in the old train depot.
- HIghland St., Thurmond, WV
- New River Gorge National River, US Hwy 19 Glen Jean exit north of Beckley, and follow the signs on SR 25 about 7 miles to Thurmond.
- Jun - Aug. (Call to verify)
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Careful! The road up the mountain is very narrow, muddy, and very steep, with no guardrail. We had to park at the church and walk to see the houses. Worth it though -- a beautiful view![megan, 01/07/2013]
A former coal town -- now a ghost town. Original main buildings standing, and a CSX train still goes through town on the one lane bridge! It is rumored 7 people live there in the houses on the hills. This was a neat treat to see...very beautiful![Joy, 05/24/2011]
Thurmond, which includes about 20 buildings along the railroad line, is part of the National Parks system. The old train station is a visitor center and museum.