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“Love this location” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park

Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park
Rt. 2, Summersville, WV 26651
304-872-0825
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Type: Battlefields, State Parks
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Love this location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Wonderful piece of history to visit. This location has a wonderful park area for kids of all ages to play along with covered shelters for a family picnic. Also, this park has clean bathroom facilities on site which is a plus when you have little ones that always seem to need a bathroom stop. If you are in the area this is a great place to stop when the weather is nice to take in some local history and scenery that's free!

Visited August 2013
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Avon, Ohio
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444 attraction reviews
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“More for Recreation than History”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

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.

Visited July 2013
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WV
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8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Beautiful views!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

This is a really nice park with a lovely hiking trail and two overlooks with a gorgeous view of the Gauley river. There are a few historic markers relating to the civil war battle that took place at this site. It's a nice place for a picnic. There is a playground and a softball field as well.

Visited July 2013
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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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66 reviews 66 reviews
22 attraction reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Family Reunion at the Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

This park was beautiful. There are pavilions to rent for events. We rented one for the family reunion. The pavilions have ceiling lights and outlets if you need electricity for anything. The public restrooms are very clean and there is a soda machine which worked out for us when we started running low on drinks. There is a playground and trails and a beautiful overlook where you can see the river and the mountains. Absolutely beautiful. A must see park.

Visited July 2013
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Limerick, Pennsylvania
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Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Don't Let The Name Fool You”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

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.

Visited July 2013
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