Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park
Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park is located on the rim of the Gauley River Canyon, minutes from Summersville Lake. This official Civil War Discovery Trail site offers picnicking, reservable picnic shelters, hiking trails, three overlooks of the Gauley River, softball field, volleyball court, horseshoe pits, and the Patterson House Museum. The park is seasonal in nature. This is the site of the Sept. 10, 1861 battle in which confederates failed to regain control of the Kanawha Valley. West Virginia's statehood proceeded without serious threat as a result. THE PATTERSON HOUSE MUSEUM The museum is open seasonally, on Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For park map and travel directions, open hours, reenactment events, and area history, visit the park web link below.