Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park, Summersville

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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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  • If you like learning more about the civil war this is your chance. In school you learn about all the major battles but here you get to learn about a battle that helped West Virginia become a state. 
    If you like learning more about the civil war this is your chance. In school you learn about all the major battles but here you get to learn about a battle that helped West Virginia become a state.  more »
  • 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. 
    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 »
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  • We walked one of the trails to see the pillow rock falls - Class V Rapids...we did a guided rafting trip last summer and wanted to just hike the trails and experience the rapids from a view from the top - This was the perfect place! If you go at the right time you can watch rafters try and make their way down the falls. The park is beautiful and well maintained. I would 10/10 recommend stopping here!
  • A nice park with a museum. Near the back of the park is a kids play area with picnic tables and a beautiful overlook.

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