Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park, Summersville

#17 of 62 in Historic Sites in West Virginia
Battlefield · State Park
Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park is an American Civil War battle site that commemorates the Battle of Carnifex Ferry. It is located on the rim of the Gauley River Canyon near Summersville, a town in Nicholas County, West Virginia. The 156-acre (0.63 km2) park features Patterson House Museum, three views of the Gauley River, hiking trails and picnic facilities. It is one of the oldest state parks in the United States. A Civil War re-enactment takes place on a weekend after Labor Day. As Carnifex Ferry State Park, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
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  • There is not a lot to do here other than picnics, but it does have a nice overlook by the back shelter. The tour of the house was free and was an interesting part of civil war history.  more »
  • My wife & I "stumbled across" this park while "chasing the foliage" in West Virginia. I'm a bit of a history buff, so this was a great choice to expand our viewing. And the overlook of the old ferry.....  more »
  • Well maintained and clean. Shelters are in well located areas. There is a playground for the children. The scenic overlooks are beautiful. Plenty of trails to follow. There are multiple history markers throughout the grounds and an 1800's home you can tour. Don't forget to walk across the field to look at the cannon. Takes you back in time if you can just visualize the journey.
  • This is an out-of-the-way gem, beautifully maintained by the WV State Park system. This is the site of one of the earliest Civil War land battles. The original farmhouse that was caught in the crossfire still stands. For more historical context, you may be interested in the historical fiction novel Panther Mountain: Lydia's Story, available on Google Books.

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