THURMOND, WV (LOOTPRESS) – Many go to the old railroad town of Thurmond in the New River Gorge to explore the history, spend time on the river, or catch trains.
Some may not be aware that the quaint little town along the New River features a picturesque light display during the Christmas season that can be another good reason to visit the town.
Located about seven miles from Glean Jean, the drive down along freshly-paved Thurmond Road makes for a peaceful night drive to the seldom-seen Christmas lights in the town as most people visit the town during the day.
The few residents that remain in Thurmond take pride in putting up lights for the holiday season each year. Lights are lined across the Thurmond bridge, all around the depot, and throughout the town itself.
The sound of the train horns, added in with the lights and some snow will make you feel like you’re at the North Pole.
While you’re in the area, be sure to check out Lacy’s Lights at the Fayette County Park in Beckwith. For more information on Lacy’s Lights, please click here.
To reach Thurmond, take U.S. Route 19 to the Glen Jean exit, north of Beckley. Follow the signs to Thurmond, seven miles down WV Route 25 (Route 25 is a narrow, winding road and is not recommended for RVs and trailers).