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CARNIFEX FERRY STATE
Carnifex Ferry Battlefield site is located just
minutes from Summersville Lake, on the rim of the
Gauley River canyon. Step back in time to September
10, 1861 and visit the place where Confederate
Brigadier General Floyd retreated from Union
Brigadier General Rosecrans.
While here, you may
want to reserve one of the four shelters, and play
horseshoes, volleyball, and softball or simply have
a grilled picnic lunch with your family and friends.
Every other year in September there are battle
reenactments with living history demonstrations. At
Carnifex Ferry, you have access to over 156 acres of
land, which provide hiking, and three overlooks of
the Gauley River.
The Patterson House
was located between Union and Confederate lines
during the battle of Carnifex Ferry. After
restoration to its original condition, the house
serves as a museum containing civil war items of the
era and a large map of the battle area indicating
both Union and Confederate lines and movements.
Battlefield is an official Civil War Discovery Trail
site. The Civil War Discovery Trail links more than
300 sites in 16 states to inspire and to teach the
story of the Civil War and its haunting impact on
America. The Trail, an initiative of the Civil War
Trust, allows visitors to explore battlefields,
historic homes, railroad stations, cemeteries, parks
and other destinations that bring history to life.
For more information on the Civil War Discovery
Trail and other programs of The Civil War Trust,
availability is seasonal
NEARBY STATE PARKS
BABCOCK STATE PARK
HAWKS NEST STATE PARK
THE MONONGAHELA NATIONAL
The Monongahela National Forest was established
following passage of the 1911 Weeks Act. This act
authorized the purchase of land for long-term
watershed protection and natural resource management
following massive cutting of the Eastern forests in
the late 1800s and at the turn of the century.
In 1915, 7,200
acres were acquired to begin the forest, called the
Monongahela Purchase, and then on April 28, 1920 it
became the Monongahela National Forest. Today the
forest is over 909,000 acres in federal ownership in
10 counties in West Virginia, making it the fourth
largest National Forest in 20 northeastern states.
It is within one dayís drive of one-third of the
population of the United States.
The forest hosts
approximately 3 million visitors annually. There are
23 campgrounds, 17 picnic areas, and 500 plus miles
of hiking trails. The extensive backwoods road and
trail system is used for hiking, mountain biking and
horse riding, with many miles of railroad grades
that are a link in the recreation use of the Forest.
The longest is the Glady to Durbin West Fork
Railroad Trail, which is 23 miles long. Recreation
ranges from self-reliant treks in the wildernesses
and backcountry areas to the challenges of mountain
climbing to traditional developed site camping.
NICHOLAS COUNTY VETERANíS
Nicholas County Veteranís Memorial Park began as a
large, local farm. In the early 1940s, it was
donated to the county with the stipulation that it
be used to honor our World War II Veterans and for
recreation for our children. Today, it is used in a
variety of ways for our community. The Nicholas
County Fair is held annually the second week of
July. The historic Red Barn is original to the park
and grounds the small amphitheatre with a large
shelter for picnicking. The Nicholas County 4-H
holds its annual weeklong camp at NCVMP in June and
has serviced over 60 years of children and young
adults. The park houses 2 baseball fields, a girlís
softball field, and a t-ball field which entertains
hundreds of children and parents in the typical
spring baseball season. With the wonderful central
location of Summersville, the park has been a great
draw for state baseball and softball tournaments.
New to the park in 2011 is a skateboard park!
We invite you to
bring the whole church, business office, or
organization to Nicholas County and stay at our
park. It is economical and close to everything you
wish to experience. As a county park we wish to
provide a great way for you to join us in making a
Our park offers the
following rental areas: dining hall with full
commercial kitchen, Horse arena, Pool, Fire pit with
bleachers, Entertainment stage, Picnic arena, Golf
course, Tennis courts, Basketball court, Softball,
Baseball fields, Lodging cabins, Soccer fields,
Theatre, Kitchen, Banquet Room.
For more information,