Stanley Heirs Park – Dorothy, West Virginia - Atlas Obscura

Dorothy, West Virginia

Stanley Heirs Park

This small West Virginia park is a land trust holdout against mountaintop removal mining. 

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Sitting near Kayford Mountain, the Stanley Heirs Park used to be the lowest point (a saddle pass) in a range of West Virginia mountains. Now, it’s the highest. This is because the large mountains near Kayford have been leveled by mountaintop removal mining. A local man named Larry Gibson turned the site into a land trust held by family members so that it could be saved from surface mining. From the campsite, you can see huge mountaintop removal sites and reclamation zones.

Know Before You Go

Call or get in touch with Friends of Mountains (304-542-1134) or Coal River Mountain Watch (304-854-2182) before going. The site is remote and difficult to get to. It may be untravelled for several months out of the year (December through February).

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