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Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park
1194 Carnifex Ferry Road
Summersville, West Virginia 26651
Voice: 304-872-0825

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.

The State Park features the Patterson House Museum. There are three overlooks of the Gauley River and hiking trails. Picnic facilities have tables and grills and there are four shelters that you can reserve. There are horseshoe pits, softball and volleyball areas, and playground equipment.



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