Charleston, WV (CHW)

Sited on the south bank of the Kanawha River, opposite downtown, the neoclassical station was built for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway in 1905. It houses commercial uses in addition to Amtrak.

350 MacCorkle Avenue – Southeast
Charleston, WV 25314

Station Hours

Annual Ticket Revenue (FY 2021): $406,270
Annual Station Ridership (FY 2021): 5,155
  • Facility Ownership: General Corporation
  • Parking Lot Ownership: General Corporation
  • Platform Ownership: CSX Transportation (CSXT) / General Corporation
  • Track Ownership: CSX Transportation (CSXT)

Derrick James
Regional Contact
governmentaffairschi@amtrak.com
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The Charleston station was built for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O) in 1905, and sits on the south bank of the Kanawha River, opposite downtown Charleston. The principal architects were J.C. and A.L. Pennock. The station is located at the foot of the South Side Bridge, and the track itself sits at the bottom of a shored-up cut into the hillside along the river. The two-story neoclassical style structure is of blonde brick and stone construction. The façade features a shallow single-story portico of paired Roman Doric columns facing the river. The low hipped, terra-cotta tile-covered roof’s deep eaves are supported with brackets. This building is the only railroad passenger station structure remaining in Charleston. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984 and substantially renovated in 1987. Today, it houses offices and commercial space.

Traders and land surveyors made their way into the Kanawha River valley as early as 1760. To protect the settlers from Indian attacks that were common at the time, Colonel George Clendenin organized a fort on some of his land on the Kanawha. The protection afforded by Fort Lee made the immediate area quite popular, and by 1794 the Virginia Assembly was dividing Clendenin’s holdings into lots. When the town was chartered in 1818, it was named in honor of Clendenin’s father, Charles. The shortened form was recorded, to distinguish it from Charles Town in the northern part of the state.

Natural salt brine wells were discovered along the Kanawha River early on, and the first salt furnace constructed at Malden in 1797. While drilling for salt brine, Captain James Wilson struck the area’s first natural gas well in 1815. Two years later, coal was discovered, and these provided fuel for the salt works. Kanawha Valley salt was a major export from Charleston until 1861 when the market tapered off. However, the need for chlorine and sodium hydroxide, both easily obtainable from brine, revived the industry during World War I.

Along with being a center for state government, as the capital, Charleston also expanded into the 20th century due to the growth of the coal, natural gas, and railroad industries. Modern development post-war has relied upon government, culture, medicine, and service industries. Downtown revitalization efforts have also contributed to post-1980 growth.

The Charleston Sternwheel Regatta was founded in 1970 to showcase privately owned riverboats, and for a time took on the proportions of a major fall festival in the city, being held over Labor Day weekend.

Station Building (with waiting room)

Features

  • ATM not available
  • No elevator
  • Payphones
  • No Quik-Trak kiosks
  • Restrooms
  • Unaccompanied child travel not allowed
  • Vending machines
  • No WiFi
  • Arrive at least 45 minutes prior to departure if you're checking baggage or need ticketing/passenger assistance
  • Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure if you're not checking baggage or don't need assistance
  • Indicates an accessible service.

Baggage

  • Amtrak Express shipping not available
  • Checked baggage service available
  • No checked baggage storage
  • Bike boxes not available
  • No baggage carts
  • Ski bags not available
  • No bag storage
  • Shipping boxes not available
  • No baggage assistance

Parking

  • Same-day parking is available; fees may apply
  • Overnight parking is not available
  • Indicates an accessible service.

Accessibility

  • Payphones
  • Accessible platform
  • Accessible restrooms
  • No accessible ticket office
  • Accessible waiting room
  • Accessible water fountain
  • Same-day, accessible parking is available; fees may apply
  • Overnight, accessible parking is available; fees may apply
  • No high platform
  • Wheelchair available
  • Wheelchair lift available

Hours

Station Waiting Room Hours
MonCLOSED
TueCLOSED
Wed07:00 am - 12:00 pm
03:30 pm - 10:30 pm
ThuCLOSED
Fri07:00 am - 12:00 pm
03:30 pm - 10:30 pm
SatCLOSED
Sun07:00 am - 12:00 pm
03:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Ticket Office Hours
No ticket office at this location.
Passenger Assistance Hours
MonCLOSED
TueCLOSED
Wed07:00 am - 12:00 pm
03:30 pm - 10:30 pm
ThuCLOSED
Fri07:00 am - 12:00 pm
03:30 pm - 10:30 pm
SatCLOSED
Sun07:00 am - 12:00 pm
03:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Checked Baggage Service
MonCLOSED
TueCLOSED
Wed07:00 am - 12:00 pm
03:30 pm - 10:30 pm
ThuCLOSED
Fri07:00 am - 12:00 pm
03:30 pm - 10:30 pm
SatCLOSED
Sun07:00 am - 12:00 pm
03:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Parking Hours
Mon24 HOURS
Tue24 HOURS
Wed24 HOURS
Thu24 HOURS
Fri24 HOURS
Sat24 HOURS
Sun24 HOURS
Quik-Track Kiosk Hours
No Quik-Trak kiosks at this location.
Lounge Hours
No lounge at this location.
Amtrak Express Hours
No Amtrak Express at this location.