Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park, Summersville

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 156acre 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 reenactment 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.
Accessibility for the disabled was assessed by West Virginia University. The assessment found the picnic shelters and concession stand to be accessible. The 2005 assessment identified issues with parking lot signage, slippery sidewalks, and insufficient handrails.
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  • I just recently was made aware of the location of this hidden gem. The park itself is quite beautiful with great areas to walk, hike and take photographs at some of the easily accessible overlooks. I ...  more »
  • If we lived in the area, we would be frequent visitors. Museum was informative and had excellent artifacts and photos. I didn't feel like it was all the same old same old, either. Friendly volunteer. ...  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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