West Virginia State Parks

Civil War History Comes Alive at West Virginia State Parks

You don’t have to be a history buff to be moved by a visit to a Civil War battle site, a war that transformed the future of our nation and our great state. In fact, West Virginia originated from the Civil War, breaking away from Virginia and gaining admission to the Union on June 20, 1863.

With fall foliage in full swing, now is the perfect time to experience the history of our state that surrounds you at a few of our historic state parks!

Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park

Confederate and Union soldiers converged on the little community of Summersville in September 1861, now home to Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park.  Armies clashed until the Union won a strategic victory that forced the Confederates to withdraw. Rebel forces never regained control of the Kanawha Valley.

Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park

The last significant Civil War battle in West Virginia took place at Droop Mountain, north of Lewisburg. On November 6, 1863, Federal troops combined forces to raid Confederate railways. The Union’s success collapsed Confederate resistance in the area.

Pick your park, pack your bag and discover history at West Virginia State Parks.