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This Spooky Small Town In West Virginia Could Be Right Out Of A Horror Movie

Kaymoor, also called Kay Moor, WV was a coal camp that operated from 1899 to 1962. The town was actually built in two sections, Kaymoor Top and Kaymore Bottom. Most of the remains of Kaymoor that can be seen today are from Kaymoor Bottom.

In 1960, most of Kaymoor Bottom was destroyed in a fire, and the mine was closed a couple years later. The abandoned remains of the town are now owned by the National Park Service.

Here’s a video about the town from West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

To get to the trailhead: From US 19, follow WV 16 south through Fayetteville. Turn left on Gatewood Road (park signs indicates Kaymoor and Cunard). Follow Gatewood Road 2.0 miles, and turn left at the Kaymoor sign (Kaymoor No. 1 Road). Follow this road about one mile to the “T” intersection; turn left. Parking is 50 yards on the right.

You’ll find the Kaymoor site about a mile down the trail, and the remains of the town can be reached after descending 821 steps.

If you’d like to see another amazing ghost town in West Virginia, check out the mostly abandoned town of Thurmond.

Rachel Whetstone
Rachel is proud to live in wild and wonderful West Virginia. She enjoys nature walks, photography, and discovering new restaurants all around the state.