This Abandoned West Virginia Amusement Park Is One Of The Spookiest Places In The Country | Travel expert
There’s something particularly unsettling about an abandoned amusement park – the crowds, excitement and laughter that once filled the park seem to linger long after its doors have closed. In southern West Virginia, you’ll find what was once a popular lakeside destination now decaying in the middle of the woods. Keep reading to learn more.
Shawnee Lake Amusement Park was built in the 1920s to serve the needs of local coal miners and their families living in the Princeton, West Virginia area, located along the Virginia border in Mercer County. People didn’t know it at the time, but the amusement park was actually built on top of a sacred Native American cemetery.
Visitors have come to Shawnee Lake for the many rides and games on offer, however, the amusement park has actually been the scene of many tragedies during the years it was open.
A number of bizarre child deaths in the pool and lake have occurred in the amusement park’s 40 years of operation. Those who visited when they were younger reported that there was a strange presence in the water there, some even claiming to have felt a hand tugging at their legs in an attempt to drown them. The park finally closed permanently in 1966.
The amusement park, which was untouched by new owners who reopened the park unsuccessfully, has been featured on shows such as Travel Channel’s “dead files” and many websites have articles dedicated to the abandoned park.
It is unclear whether or not the strange deaths that have occurred here may or may not contribute to the fact that this park sits atop a sacred graveyard. Either way, there’s no denying that some of the most tragic and confusing deaths in the state have happened here.
If you want to explore this abandoned amusement park further, the park now operates as a haunted attraction open throughout October. To learn more, be sure to visit their official Facebook page here.
Address: Abandoned Lake Shawnee Amusement Park, 470 Matoaka Rd, Rock, WV 24747, USA