Coal Heritage Trail

National Scenic BywayWest Virginia

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  • Roadside Fall Colors

    Fall color brings natural scenic beauty to the byway roadside.

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  • Chimney Corner

    A small country store on the right side of the curving road is surrounded by hills and rugged landscape at Chimney Corner.

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  • New River Company Cranberry Store

    Constructed of brick with a stone lintel inscribed with “New River Company Cranberry Store,” the building has fallen upon hard times, as witnessed by the numerous bathtubs and radiators positioned on the porch and in front of the building, as well as piles of unknown materials inside.

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  • Bank of Glen Jean

    The Bank of Glen Jean, built by Thomas McKell in 1909, is constructed of random broken ashlar stone in a soft yellow color and emanates a strong and solid presence due to its excellent construction (28-inch thick walls) and history of operation by the McKell family.

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  • Empire Coal & Coke Company Miner's Clubhouse, Landgraff, WV

    Built in 1922 by Empire Coal & Coke Company as their Miner's Clubhouse, the building was saved and restored after the floods of 2001 and 2002 by Dan and Elisse Clark, who opened their home as the Elkhorn Inn & Theatre Bed-and-Breakfast in 2003.

  • The Halfway House in Ansted

    Also called Tyree Tavern, the gray-roofed, white-walled Halfway House would have been much more active during the time travelers such as Daniel Webster, Henry Clay and John Breckenridge sought the shortest east-west route between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains.

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  • Pocahontas Cemetery

    Bare trees line the way to the final resting ground of Pocahontas.

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  • McDowell County Courthouse

    A picture of the McDowell County Courthouse on the Coal Heritage Trail.

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  • Itmann Company Store

    Light catches the stone facade of the Historic Itmann Company Store.

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  • UMWA Hall

    The United Mine Workers of America Hall gives a history of the struggle to establish collective bargaining in American industrial life in the twentieth century.

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  • The Depot in Bramwell, West Virginia

    This reconstructed train depot serves as an information center and the southern interpretive center for The Coal Heritage Trail.

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  • Pinnacle Rock on The Coal Heritage Trail

    Pinnacle Rock State Park showcases this unique geological formation located along the Coal Heritage Trail.

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  • The Coal Heritage Trail

    Sunlight filters through fall trees, speckling the road with light.

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  • The World’s Second Longest Single Arch Steel Span, the New River Gorge Bridge

    An engineering feat and regional icon, the New River Gorge Bridge connects the flourishing, green east and west banks of the river between two previously isolated communities.

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  • Looking at the New River from Hawk's Nest State Park

    Displaying a wealth of fall reds, yellows, and golds in the deciduous trees in the surrounding mountains, the view from an overlook at Hawk’s Nest State Park provides a look far into the West Virginian distance.

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  • New River Gorge Bridge From Above

    The massive steel structure supporting the bridge is visible under US 19 as it travels into the distance on a misty and foggy day.

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  • A Road Through Mount Hope Historic District

    An empty street runs between the redbrick buildings of the Mount Hope Historic District on a gray day.

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  • Inside the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine Visitor Center

    Children and adult visitors look at miner tool exhibits at the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine Visitor Center.

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  • Thurmond Historic District’s “Main Street”

    Thurmond’s “main street” consists of railroad tracks laid parallel to the fronts of the commercial buildings.

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  • Whipple Company Store Front

    The Whipple Company Store’s main entrance is prominently marked by a large arch, adding to the unusual architecture of the building.

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  • Buildings of the Fayetteville Historic District

    Along an unpopulated street in Fayetteville stands many historic structures still in use today. The Fayette County National Bank was constructed in 1906-1907 from native stone hauled from the Cotton Hill area.

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  • Canyon Rim Visitor Center

    With lush green trees and a sidewalk lined with people, the Canyon Rim Visitor Center for the New River Gorge National River provides interpretive exhibits about the historic relationship between the New River and the members of the area's mining communities.

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  • Fayette Station Road

    A pull-off on Fayette Station Road showcases the New River Gorge Bridge through the leafy foliage of summer.

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  • A Millionaire's Mansion, the Goodwill House in Bramwell

    The Goodwill House overlooks historic Bramwell, home to many coal barons who began the coal industry in southern West Virginia.

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  • Historic Main Street in Bramwell

    Main Street in Bramwell remains virtually unchanged from the days when coal was king, and Bramwell was home to 14 millionaires.

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  • Bluestone Lake

    Surrounded by softly lit hills, the calm water of Bluestone Lake mirrors orange and pink light from the sun.

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  • Looking Towards New River Gorge

    The blue water of the New River Gorge National River flows through rolling hills of vibrant foliage.

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  • Little Girl with a Big Fish

    A little girl holds up her prized catch of the day along the New River in West Virginia.

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  • Two Men Fishing along the New River

    Two men are enjoying a day of fishing along the New River in West Virginia.

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  • Pinnacle Mountain State Park

    Rocks and fallen leaves line the way on this user hiking trail.

  • Pinnacle Mountain State Park

    Glimpses of a mountain can be seen behind the leafless trees.