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“More for Recreation than History”

Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park
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Avon, Ohio
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1,249 reviews
832 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,555 helpful votes
“More for Recreation than History”
3 of 5 bubbles 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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41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Beautiful views!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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106 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Family Reunion at the Park”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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39 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Don't Let The Name Fool You”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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Parkersburg, West Virginia
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29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Beautiful area!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2013

Beautiful area, nice picnic and restrooms. Very nice (new) overlook as well, with ample seating. Historical value,

Visited May 2013
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