Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park, Hillsboro

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Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park is a state park located on Droop Mountain in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. The park was the site of the Battle of Droop Mountain, the last major battle of the American Civil War in the state taking place on November 6, 1863. John D. Sutton, a West Virginia private in the Union Army at the battle, became the leader in the movement to create the park when he served in the West Virginia House of Delegates. Dedicated on July 4, 1928, Droop Mountain Battlefield became the first state park in West Virginia.
The battlefield was transformed into a historical, outdoor recreation area by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. Public reenactments of the battle have been conducted in October of some even-numbered years by the West Virginia Reenactors Association.
The park was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.
Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park is located about 25 miles (40 km) north of the Lewisburg exit of I-64 on U.S. Highway 219 and about 15 miles (24 km) south of Marlinton on US 219. The park is also near Beartown State Park and Watoga State Park.

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  • I didn't get to spend a lot of time in the park, basically I drove up to the Lookout Tower and took some photos. From what I could see driving through, it has a lot of history and would be a good...  more »
  • Quiet serene place and learned that droop is the limestone of which the mountain is formed. Enjoyed going through the museum and learning about the battles and seeing artifacts from this unsettled...  more »
  • The battlefield is well maintained, and has two amazing overlooks. One is the tower, which is amazing. The second is a short walk from the park office which overlooks the opposite side of the mountain. There's a lot of history packed in this little park. They have a nice little museum with items found on and near the park, a play area for kids, picnic areas, and plenty of trails. Great place to spend some time enjoying the scenery and learning about the rich history of WV.
  • I showed up with 4 teenagers and ran into Ranger Parker near the end of his work day. I thought it may be too late to check out the small building of artifacts on site but he not only unlocked it but curated our visit. I had been doing a poor job of adding some history of the area to our trip but Mr. Parker did a splendid job, it was an unexpected bonus for our day out. He also took us for a short hike to that was complimented with a visit to a small cave, an overlook above slots canyons, and an ecology lesson. What stated as a quick stop in for the fire tower turned into the highlight of our day. It is greatly appreciated.

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