Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park

1194 Carnifex Ferry Crossing
Summersville, WV - 26651

Type: Parks, History Museums
(304) 872-0825
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Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park, located near Summersville, West Virginia, is a historic site commemorating a pivotal Civil War battle that took place on September 10, 1861. The park preserves the battlefield where Union and Confederate forces clashed, offering visitors the opportunity to explore the site's rich history and natural beauty.

The Battle of Carnifex Ferry was a significant engagement in the early stages of the Civil War, as Union troops under the command of General William Rosecrans successfully repelled Confederate forces led by General John B. Floyd. The battle marked a strategic victory for the Union, helping to secure western Virginia (now West Virginia) for the Union cause and preventing Confederate control of the region.

Today, Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park provides visitors with a glimpse into the events of the past through interpretive signage, walking trails, and scenic overlooks. The park features a museum and visitor center where guests can learn about the battle and its impact on the Civil War, as well as the broader historical context of the conflict in West Virginia.

In addition to its historical significance, Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park offers opportunities for outdoor recreation and nature appreciation. The park's trails wind through wooded areas and along the rim of the Gauley River Canyon, providing stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Picnic areas and shelters are available for visitors to relax and enjoy a meal amidst the tranquil surroundings.

Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park operates year-round, with guided tours and special events held periodically to further enhance the visitor experience. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply looking for a peaceful retreat in the heart of West Virginia, the park offers a rewarding and educational experience for visitors of all ages.

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Year Established 1935

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