West Virginia January 15, 2017
We Dare You To Take This Road Trip To West Virginia’s Most Abandoned Places
Abandoned places intrigue us with their sad histories and hidden stories. Here’s where to find some fascinating abandoned places in West Virginia. Some are slowly returning to nature, so visit soon before they are lost forever.
Some of the locations on this list are on private property. As always, use caution around ruined buildings and be safe, and get permission before entering any buildings on private property.
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1. Hilltop House Hotel
This once magnificent hotel was left structurally unstable after a fire, and has now been abandoned. Watch a video tour of the hotel
2. St. John's Episcopal Church
suffered great damage during the Civil War, and was eventually replaced by a new church. The ruins are now considered part of the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
3. Virginius Island
This island was once home to the Shenandoah Pulp Mill and a surrounding town. The entire town is now in ruins, but you can visit and tour via a bridge in Harpers Ferry.
4. Old Sweet Springs Resort
Sweet Springs was once a popular vacation destination, with guests of the resort finding relaxation and healing in the spring waters. The resort closed in 1930, and the building has been abandoned since 1993. There has been some talk of restoring it to its former glory.
5. Lake Shawnee Amusement Park
This park closed after a couple of tragic accidents resulting in the deaths of children. It's now privately owned, but sometimes
opens for tours
This town is
nearly a ghost town
, with just 5 residents now, but is kept well-preserved by the National Park Service.
You'll have to hike to get to this
abandoned old mining town
, but it's worth it to see the old buildings and mining equipment.
Some of West Virginia’s most creepy attractions aren’t quite abandoned, but are available for tours and ghost hunting. Take a look at
West Virginia State Penitentiary or the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.