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 »
  • We went on a Sunday morning. I guess because of the Covid situation everything was closed (office, museum, etc.) so we did not spend much time here. My son is infatuated with history and he found all....  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.
  • A beautiful area with so much historical influence and information, and such amazing views. If you're feeling a bit carsick from the wicked turns of the road on Droop Mountain, head up to the lookout tower and soothe your stomach by making friends with the many other travelers and gazing far and wide for miles and miles before you look down and get a bit nauseous again. All jokes aside, the view from the lookout tower is one of the most breathtaking offered in this beautiful state and should be crossed off of every bucket list. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Pocahontas and Greenbriar county as you pass by this amazing piece of history.
  • Nice and clean park. Park provided lots of info about the area.. lots of spots for photo opportunities... Our family enjoyed the area.
  • Beautiful view! Museum was very informative and thorough. It is a pitiful shame the people who have disrespect for public spaces by destroying them with graffiti. It made me angry to see this damage to a national treasure.

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