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Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park
West Virginia State Park
Country File:Flag of the United States.svg United States
State Template:Country data West Virginia
County Nicholas
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Coordinates 38°12′32″N 80°56′19″W / 38.20889°N 80.93861°W / 38.20889; -80.93861
Area 156 acres (63.1 ha)
Established October 28, 1935 [1]
Nearest city Summersville, West Virginia
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Location of Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park in West Virginia
Website: Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park

Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park is an American Civil War battle site that commemorates the Battle of Carnifex Ferry. It is located on the rim of the Gauley River Canyon near Summersville, a town in Nicholas County, West Virginia. The 156-acre (0.63 km2)[2] park features Patterson House Museum, three views of the Gauley River, hiking trails and picnic facilities. It is one of the oldest state parks in the United States. A Civil War reenactment takes place on a weekend after Labor Day. As Carnifex Ferry State Park, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[3]


Accessibility for the disabled was assessed by West Virginia University. The assessment found the picnic shelters and concession stand to be accessible.[4] The 2005 assessment identified issues with parking lot signage, slippery sidewalks, and insufficient handrails.

See also[]

[[Image:Template:Portal/Images/Default |x28px]] West Virginia portal
  • List of West Virginia state parks
  • State park
  • Summersville Dam
  • Summersville Lake


  1. Where People and Nature Meet: A History of the West Virginia State Parks. Charleston, West Virginia: Pictorial Histories Publishing Company. April 1988. ISBN 0-933126-91-3. 
  2. Civil War Sites Advisory Commission Report, (1993), National Park Service, accessed March 28, 2008
  3. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  4. Guide to Accessible Recreation and Travel in WV, WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities web site, accessed July 31, 2006

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