All aboard Kentucky’s ghost train to creepy, abandoned coal town

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BIG SOUTH FORK, KY (WCMH) — If you like ghost stories and Kentucky, then we have the perfect weekend getaway for you.

The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is once again hosting an eerie weekend at an abandoned coal camp. 

On September 8th, you’ll be able to ride the Ghost Train to the former Blue Heron coal camp. You’ll then be greeted with music and festivities starting at 6pm.

Since it will get dark, you’ll want to bring a flashlight and be prepared to walk a short distance.

The program at Blue Heron is free. There is a train fare to ride the Ghost Train. For more information, contact the Big South Fork Scenic Railway at (800) 462-5664 or Blue Heron Interpretative Center at (606) 376-3787.

Blue Heron, also known as Mine 18, is an abandoned coal mining town that operated from 1937 until 1962. Most of the original buildings are gone, replaced with “ghost structures” that show tourists what the small mining community use to look like. It’s like an open air museum in the day, but the area is said to be haunted by the miners that never really left, making it a pretty creepy place to be at night.

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