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Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park

1194 Carnifex Ferry Rd.

Nestled on the rim of the Gauley River Canyon near Summersville, West Virginia, Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park is an important Civil War battle site. On September 10, 1861 Union troops led by Brigadier General William S. Rosecrans engaged the Confederates and forced them to evacuate an entrenched position on the Henry Patterson Farm which overlooked Carnifex Ferry. The Confederate commander, Brigadier General John B. Floyd retreated across the ferry to the south side of the Gauley River and on eastward to Meadow Bluff near Lewisburg. This Civil War battle represented the failure of a Confederate drive to regain control of the Kanawha Valley. As a result, the movement for West Virginia statehood proceeded without serious threat from the Confederates.


Emily Stern

Sunday, July 15, 2018
Really neat place with hiking trails and history and really pretty views. Public restroom was actually pretty clean which is always a good sign that a property is taken care of.

Jeremy Ray

Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018
Good place to go for a hike, family or group picnic. They usually hold a reenactment of the battle I am thinking every other year, with a pretty good turnout. The grounds are very well maintained along with the various trails. They have plenty of parking, a playground area for the kids, a beautiful overlook of the Gauley River. The house that sets on the property has been used as a museum in the past I am not sure if they still do that or not. They also have breast works built and one cannon on the property. It's an interesting place to spend a few hours if you are in the area and looking for something to do.

Chris Rapp

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
This is where you can learn about the history of the battlefield and also we have our family reunion here every year.

William Lyons

Saturday, April 28, 2018
Nice place for a picnic. Friendly staff. If you go on the trails be prepared.

Ben Meckley

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Beautiful setting. We had family pictures done here and they were lovely.

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