Lake Shawnee Amusement Park

Abandoned and extremely haunted

4213 Beckley Road
Princeton, WV 24740 US

4stars based on 93 votes

Lake Shawnee Amusement Park - This place is on private property. Listing for informational purposes only. Please do not visit without express permission from the land owner.

UPDATE: Open October 25th – October 31, tours begin at dusk. Bring your own flashlight! For more information call 304-487-1819 or 304-921-1580. 

This abandoned amusement park is pretty overgrown these days. It shut down in 1966 and has been derelict ever since. Lake Shawnee was the site of both a Native American burial ground and the massacre of the Clay family. 

The Clay family were settlers who were attacked by Native Americans. Two of their children were killed in the attack and the third was burned at the stake. 

The land was later bought in the 1920s and developed into an amusement lovely.

Several tragic accidents happened at the park when it was in operation. A little girl died on the mechanical swings, when a truck backed out from a stand and struck and killed her. The second accident was a boy drowned in the lake. After this the park was closed down. 

It's believed you can still hear children laughing, and some people claim they see a swing moving all by itself.

This location was featured on the Travel Channel’s Most Terrifying Places in America, the Discovery Channel’s Ghost Lab, and ABC’s Ten Most Haunted Places in the World. Digital cameras and audio recorders are welcome. You must bring a flashlight.

"Lake Shawnee is a closed amusement park with some attractions still visible. It was constructed on the site where some early settlers were killed by Indians. Supposedly, several people died at the park over the years also. Around 2004, a television show filmed an episode of "Scariest Places On Earth" at the site and re-ignited interest. Today, catfish tournaments are held at the site weekly. Otherwise, do not trespass. A monument to the early settlers is visible from the road as are several old rusting amusement rides."

Lake Shawnee Amusement Park 4213 Beckley Road Princeton, WV 24740 US


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gaberiel.akers gaberiel.akers
I used to live about 3 miles away from this place and my mother remembers going to the park .... people from all over used to come here and have a blast .... i myself did not have the pleasure of enjoying the rides because i was not born yet when the rides closed down but it is a spooky place to visit at night time .... also the Clay family's house still stands right next to the parks location ..... if you have a chance please ask some of the older locals to tell you storys of the place they are the most welcoming people in the world ... know wonder they call call west va. almost heaven because i honestly believe that heaven is filled with people like us!!!
6 months ago Lake Shawnee Amusement Park
helloiamprince helloiamprince
It looks nice and peaceful and I would love to go there. Seriously, I love the view. Hmmm... perhaps in broad daylight.
6 months ago Lake Shawnee Amusement Park
angela.wernerward angela.wernerward
I noticed that you stated in your review that there is a monument to the early settlers. What about the NATIVE AMERICANS! This area is THEIR SACRED GROUND and should not have been settled on. Perhaps a memorial to them is in order?
6 months ago Lake Shawnee Amusement Park
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