WV Top 3: Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park


Welcome to our second installment of WV Top 3! We decided to explore one of West Virginia’s smaller parks, Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park located in Summersville. However, don’t let it’s size fool you, there is still plenty to see and do at this little park.  This park is part of the Civil War Discovery Trail and is one of West Virginia’s oldest state parks.

Visit the Patterson House

Patterson House
Visit the Patterson House and museum.

The one thing you can’t miss while visiting the park is the Patterson House. The still standing homestead of Henry Patterson that was built in the 1850’s.  It still bears the bullet hole scars from the battle leading to the Confederate withdraw from West Virginia.  Located inside is a small museum with a collection of bullets from the battle and other relics relating to the Civil War.  The museum is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day on Weekends and holidays 9 AM to 5 PM.

Hike the Patterson Trail

Hike the Patterson Trail
Copperhead Overlook located on the Patterson Trail

This short, 2-mile trail can be accessed from a few different places in the park, but we found it easiest to start on the trailhead located at the Patterson House.  This easy to moderate trail loops around the entire 156-acre park and has three overlooks to enjoy. We especially enjoyed the beauty, design, and view from Copperhead Overlook!

Picnic in the Park

Picnic in the park
Enjoy a lovely picnic in the park and let the little ones enjoy the playground.

In addition to exploring the Patterson House and hiking the Patterson Trail stop by at one of the many picnic shelters for a relaxing lunch with your family.  There are grills available, a playground for the kiddos, restrooms, and just about anything else you could think of to make your picnic perfect.  It can get a little busy during the open season so if you’re planning a picnic be sure to call and reserve one of the four available shelters.

We hope you enjoyed our second installment of WV Top 3; we know that we sure did! Finally, if you ever find yourself visiting Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park be sure to let us know what you enjoyed.

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