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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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  • Carnifex Ferry was an 1861 engagement that had an important impact on control of western Virginia in the first year of the Civil War. There is not much left of the battlefield but its compact size sti...  more »
  • One of the most well maintained State Parks in West Virginia. The facilities are modern, the history is intriguing, and the trails are rich with views of the river.  more »
  • Was quiet and very peaceful and the grounds were well kept. Loved the overlook. Didn't have time to do a lot of hiking but will definitely be back to do so.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Awesome for family outings! Beautiful, peaceful!