The Cardinal is one of the most scenic trains in the country, and sometimes there are history guides aboard from the rail history societies. Thurmond was a setting for John Sayles' 1987 movie "Matewan" since the town of Matewan itself had become too modern for the 1930s story.
Amtrak’s Surprisingly Small Stop
The entire population of Thurmond, W.Va., could fit into one Superliner bedroom suite--with room to spare. That's because the quiet stop along the Cardinal route, which runs between Chicago and New York City, only has five citizens. By comparison, a bedroom suite holds six people.
But passengers who come to Thurmond aren't visiting to meet with the few remaining locals. No, they're there to go white water rafting.
Despite the town's dwindling population (it's highest peak in the last 100 years was in 1930 when 462 people lived there), it's become a booming destination for thrill seekers.
In fact, if you're looking for a place where you can go canoeing, hiking (50 miles of trails!), rock climbing 1,400 established rock climbs), fishing, hunting, bird watching, camping, picnicking, biking, and enjoy the solitude of the natural world, this is the perfect place!