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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.

174 Main St., Thurmond, WV
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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Narrow roads.

Coal Mining Ghost Town

This place was absolutely gorgeous. We went to Thurmond in November and were able to enjoy the Fall foliage. We went to the train station and also traveled up the mountain to explore. It made some beautiful pictures. Be careful, the roads are really narrow and wind around the mountain. I would not visit after dark.

[Lisa From US, 11/08/2018]

Thurmond ghost town.

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]

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