Most People Have Long Forgotten About This Vacant Ghost Town In Rural West Virginia

West Virginia is rich in both natural beauty and history, and often the two coincide. Many historical treasures can be found along the beautiful New River Gorge, and one of the most elusive is the long-abandoned ghost town of Sewell, West Virginia. Today almost absorbed by the surrounding forest, Sewell was once the hub of a flourishing coking operation, and before that, a stop on a major east-west land route. 

If you’re in the area enjoying the breathtaking New River Gorge, and you’re feeling adventurous, take a detour to check out the ghost town of Sewell, a gradually disappearing relic of glory days gone by. A park service road along Mann’s Creek Railway in Babcock State Park leads to the remnants of the town, but it’s a five-mile trek that’s best done on foot unless you have a vehicle that handles rough roads well (the road is open to vehicular traffic seasonally). And as always, explore safely! And if you love old ghost towns, West Virginia’s got plenty more.

Address: Sewell, WV 25831, USA

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