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Paranormal Guide to Moundsville

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Moundsville, WV, is one of the spookiest places in the United States to visit. Not only can you see the historic Grave Creek Mound, a massive burial site, but you can also enter the former West Virginia Penitentiary, at your own risk.

As Paranormal Challenge host Zak Bagans discovered, the prison was a gothic monument of pain and suffering ranked by the Department of Justice as one of the most violent prisons in America. The prison had only one rule: kill or be killed. This gritty reality left plenty of tortured spirits behind; today, that past makes it the perfect site for a lockdown or your next haunted vacation.

Before planning your trip to Moundsville, WV, check out all the places Zak Bagans and the Paranormal Challenge crew visited, along with other must-see destinations in West Virginia.

Getting There
Moundsville, WV, is ripe for a road trip. If you find yourself too far away, as the Paranormal Challenge crew did, the most convenient airport is Pittsburgh International Airport located just 16 miles west of downtown Pittsburgh. Afterwards, rent a car and drive about 2 hours to find yourself in wild, wonderful West Virginia.
Where to Eat
The Pointe
After a night out at the casino, members of the crew and production company enjoyed dinner at this steakhouse on the resort. Reservations are recommended.
Address: 1 S Stone St, Wheeling, WV 26003
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Alexander’s on 7th

The shoot was catered, and while the crew loved lots of local places, this was one of their favorites. You can visit the “friendly casual dining” spot, you guessed it, on 7th Street.
Address: 508 7th Street, Moundsville, WV 26041
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What to Do
Wheeling Island Casino
A large group of producers and the crew went to the Wheeling Island Casino. Hopefully you’ll have as much luck as they did; one lucky production coordinator walked away $1,000 richer. The resort also features the No.1 Greyhound track in the United States.
Address: 1 S Stone St, Wheeling, WV 26003
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West Virginia State Penitentiary
While you can’t go on a lockdown like our crew, you can explore the gothic-style structure and its spooky history on a 90-minute tour.
Address: 818 Jefferson Ave, Moundsville, WV 26041
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Grave Creek Mound
A National Historic Landmark, the Grave Creek Mound is one of the largest conical-type burial mounds in the US. Built by the Adena culture between 250 and 150 B.C., many remains and artifacts have been discovered in the 60,000 tons of dirt. The Delf Norona Museum is open year-round to visitors. It features the construction of Grave Creek Mound and other archeological exhibits.
Address: 01 Jefferson Avenue, Moundsville, WV 26041
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Where to Stay
SpringHill Suites Wheeling
Address:
908 National RD, Wheeling, WV 26003
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Hampton Inn
Address:
795 National RD, Wheeling, WV 26003
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