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Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park, Summersville

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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 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.AccessibilityAccessibility 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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  • Great view of the Gauley from the lookout. Easy walk to the lookout with other trails as well. We didn't get explore them because it started to rain. There is picnic areas and a shelter. Worth the sto...  more »
  • This is a very nice little battlefield park. It is well explained with the markers that are here. The reconstructed house at the battlefield is nice to go inside.  more »
  • Love this place. So beautiful and quiet. Hidden at the end of the little country road. Upkeep is wonderful withy a new playground and bathroom area. Love it!  more »
  • Beautiful park well maintained, amazing scenic overlook, quaint museum that takes you back in history, plenty of parking, covered picnic shelters, very nice trails must see if you are I the area
  • I love visiting Carnifex Ferry. I grew up having family outings here every summer. I brought my own children here and it's one of our favorite places.
  • It's worth the stop if you are close and you like civil war sites, otherwise not worth going out of your way for.
  • Hiked down from this historical site to the Gauley river beautiful place!
  • Nice place a lot of history.

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