Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park

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Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park

West Virginia

(304) 872-0825

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Overview

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.

Map of Carnifex Ferry (WV)

Latitude, Longitude: 38.210080, -80.932936

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Activities

  • Hiking

    The park features hiking trails.

  • Historic Sites

    The Civil War Discovery Trail links more than 300 sites in 16 states to inspire and to teach the story of the Civil War and its haunting impact on America. The Trail, an initiative of the Civil War Trust, allows visitors to explore battlefields, historic homes, railroad stations, cemeteries, parks and other destinations that bring history to life. For more information on the Civil War Discovery Trail and other programs of The Civil War Trust, call 1-800-CWTRUST.

  • Picnicking

    The park has four shelters.

Directions

Driving

From Rt. 19, south of Summersville, take Rt. 129 west for approximately 5 miles to left turn on Carnifex Ferry Road. It's then 1 mile to park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(304) 872-0825

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