When one reads "Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park," he or she may think it's akin to Valley Forge in Pennsylvania. While there is historical significance it's really not like that. I went there just to check the place out. There are trails you can hike, well marked and maintained, that take you to overlooks of the Gauley River canyon. They also have facilities for softball, picnics, and other activities. The only refreshments available in the park come from a single vending machine near the rest rooms. The park's location less than two miles from the beach and campground at Summersville Lake makes it feasible to do both this and that in one day trip. If you budget your time wisely, you could even get down to the New River Gorge Bridge the same day.
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