The West Virginia. Cyclopedia
Shady Spring, West Virginia
Shady Spring, WV (map) -- 10 miles southeast of Beckley, WV -- is a community in southeastern Raleigh County named for a spring that bubbled beneath the shade of a White Pine through the 1800s and early 1900s. The pine and spring stood near the present-day intersection of U.S. 19 (US-19) and W.Va. 3 (WV-3). Shady Spring is a popular residential and vacation destination community.
Elevation: 2,696 feet
The community is sometimes called "Shady Springs" and lends its name to the surrounding county district, which also includes the communities of Ghent, Daniels, Cool Ridge, WV, Beaver, and Grandview. The region is a bedroom community of Beckley. though it yet enjoys a rural atmosphere. Glade Springs Resort is located just south of Shady Spring. Five golf courses, a state park, and parts of the New River Gorge National River are located within the Shady Spring area. Winterplace Ski Resort is located about six miles south at Ghent. The area has historically and prehistorically served as a crossroads. Prior to European settlement, natives encamped at the spring, which rose along a busy north-south trail, part of the Paint Creek Trail. Two important Virginian-era turnpikes joined at the spring in the mid-1800s, shadowing today's WV-3 and US-19. The West Virginia Turnpike (I-77) was completed through the area in the 1950s, and I-64 expressway, to the north in the 1980s. The Raleigh County Memorial Airport is located about five miles north of Shady Spring.
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Lack of forsight has led to a loss of many historic sites in the Shady Spring area, including the site of the Shady Spring itself. The Raleigh County Historical Landmarks Commission maintains a list of historic sites for Shady Spring.