Ghost towns are fascinating places. Once teeming with life, they now lie abandoned and forgotten by a world that has moved callously on without them. Such is the story of many an overgrown West Virginia settlement, including the long-abandoned town of Spruce, West Virginia, whose ruins are perched high in a mountain meadow in Pocahontas County. Spruce is a particularly fascinating story with a hidden past. When it comes to ghost towns in WV, this is one you have to know about.

Have you ever visited Spruce, West Virginia? Did you hike in from the Snowshoe Resort area or ride through on the train?

If you are as fascinated by West Virginia’s abandoned ghost towns as we are, here’s the long-forgotten story of another, this one on the steep slopes of the New River Gorge: Royal, West Virginia.

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Abandoned Places In West Virginia

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If you enjoy exploring Spruce, WV, consider checking out these other fascinating abandoned places.

  • Lake Shawnee Amusement Park
  • Hilltop House Hotel
  • John's Episcopal Church
  • Virginius Island
  • Old Sweet Springs Resort
  • Lake Shawnee Amusement Park


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If you’re feeling extra gutsy, check out these haunted places in WV while you’re at it.

  • The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
  • The West Virginia State Penitentiary
  • Lake Shawnee
  • Barbour County Historical Museum
  • Camden Park
  • Darkish Knob
  • The Grave Creek Mound Historical Site

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