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Summersville - 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.


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.

Jordan Manning

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018
Trails are great. Lots of History. Very clean. Clean playground.

Amber Gregory

Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017
I love the history here and learning many things about the area in just this one spot. Nice play ground for all the kids and many different trails for exploring. We always have our family reunion here using one of the gazebos

Karla Jean

Monday, Aug. 28, 2017
Absolutely gorgeous lookouts over the Gauley. There are three along the two-mile hiking loop, which is an easy-to moderate trek. The trail is lush with ferns, wild mushrooms (don't forage these), and unique natural formations. The grounds are well-kept with picnic and recreational areas. There are also historical monuments and markers related to the battle that occurred here during the Civil War.

Anita Adkins

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
This is a small scale historic battlefield during the beginning of the Civil War. It is very family oriented. Several very nice hiking trails and some beautiful views of the Gauley River. I would suggest packing a picnic lunch. Anyone interested in Civil War history I think would enjoy the visit.

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