Nothing excites us more than peeking into the past by looking at old, forgotten places, and as luck would have it, there are plenty of abandoned places in WV. Personally, we would love to explore each and every one of these spooky abandoned places in West Virginia! Check them out… if you dare:

These are just fifteen of the MANY forgotten and abandoned places in West Virginia! We would absolutely love to go through and explore these old places, wouldn’t you?!

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If you’d enjoy taking an up-close look at some of these long-forgotten sites, take this haunted road trip in West Virginia. Gas up the RV (or rent one from RVShare) and hit the road.

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Abandoned Places in West Virginia

How many abandoned places in West Virginia are there?  

Though an exact, literal number of abandoned places in West Virginia is almost impossible to come up with, it certainly seems like there are hundreds – if not more – hidden all over the state. You’ll find everything from abandoned West Virginia ghost towns (like Thurmond, which is easily one of the most well-preserved ghost towns in this section of the country), a creepy abandoned amusement park in Lake Shawnee where six patrons met their ends back when it was in operation, and numerous eerie abandoned schools in West Virginia, too. The possibilities are really only as limited as your ability to investigate!  

What are some famous abandoned places in West Virginia?  

Some famous abandoned places in West Virginia include:


Some of the abandoned places in West Virginia are pretty infamous for, well, being abandoned. Perhaps the single most infamous abandoned place in this little state is the aforementioned amusement park. Lake Shawnee Amusement Park originally opened in the 1920s, though at the time, the owner was blissfully unaware that he was building his attraction over a literal Native American burial ground. Naturally, mishaps and disasters quickly became the norm, and no less than six people met untimely deaths on the grounds. A little girl was killed on a swing ride, and a young boy drowned in the lake on the premises. Today, it’s not only one of the most infamous abandoned places in West Virginia – it's one of the creepiest places in the United States!  

What are some of the creepiest places in West Virginia?  

Some of the creepiest places in West Virginia include:


West Virginia is a state with centuries of history going back to long before European colonizers came along, and as a result, it’s brimming with creepy places that you might or might not be able to find histories for. Other than the amusement park, there are plenty more; some of the scariest places in West Virginia include the old Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, which was built in 1858 and served as a hospital for the mentally unwell until its peak in the 1950s. It officially closed in 1994, but there are occasional tours to this day. There’s also the whole cryptid tale revolving around Point Pleasant, where “The Mothman” sightings occurred in the 1960s leading up to a series of disasters. Yikes.  

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