Thurmond, West Virginia: Coal Mining Ghost Town

About 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.
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Coal Mining Ghost Town

This place is unique...eerie and fantastic! Loved it! Thurmond is a must-see when exploring West Virginia.

[ShutterGirl, 05/08/2018]

Ghost town.

Coal Mining Ghost Town

One of the locals (Melissa I think) told me they are trying to save the coal/sand elevator which sits beside the tracks. CSX is worried it might fall onto the tracks and is willing to sell the structure to them, but not the land. At any rate it might not be there too much longerm so get out and see it while you can!

[skk, 01/19/2018]
Coal Mining Ghost Town

Once you get past the Amtrak station, go straight then left at the mailboxes. The hill down to the town is a little scary but not super steep. Keep in mind that the railroad tracks are actively used.

[Lohr, 07/25/2017]

Railroad bridge.

Coal Mining Ghost Town

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]

Thurmond ghost town.

Coal Mining Ghost Town

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.

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