A follower of US history and the Civil War especially, we came here originally for the battlefield and the Patterson House Museum. Unfortunately, the battlefield sights are very limited and the museum is only open on Sat, Sun and holidays, days we could not time our visit for. However, this park does offer many recreational opportunities including a couple hiking trails that include excellent views of the Gauley River, a playground, ball fields, horseshoe pits and extensive picnic facilities including tables, pavilions, restrooms and grills. However, the day we visited was very hot and humid and the swarming gnats were unbearable so all we could stand to do was to take a short walk to a nearby platform providing an excellent view of the Gauley, take a quick look at the Patterson House grounds then seek the shelter of the car and leave.
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