I had only ever been to this park one other time and it was mainly driving around. In a hiking book I have they said this park had a great 2 mile hike that had skirted the outer parts of the park that I wanted to check out. And this was a fitting hike for the 150th Birthday of WV this past weekend. Here is a little blurb I took from the park website:
"Nestled on the rim of the Gauley River Canyon near Summersville, West Virginia, Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park is an important Civil War battle site. On September 10, 1861 Union troops led by Brigadier General William S. Rosecrans engaged the Confederates and forced them to evacuate an entrenched position on the Henry Patterson Farm which overlooked Carnifex Ferry. The Confederate commander, Brigadier General John B. Floyd retreated across the ferry to the south side of the Gauley River and on eastward to Meadow Bluff near Lewisburg. This Civil War battle represented the failure of a Confederate drive to regain control of the Kanawha Valley. As a result, the movement for West Virginia statehood proceeded without serious threat from the Confederates."
They have more information on the website for those interested in more history of the site.
Now ... onto the pictures ...
|Heading down to the first overlook.|
|Gauley River is home to some world class white water rafting in the fall. The rapids you see here are called the Pillow Rapids, a Class V set.|
|Zoomed in on Pillow Rapids.|
|Second Over Look|
|Taking a short break ... it was hot.|
|Rhododendron, WV State Flower|
|Randy up ahead on the old road coming in behind the Patterson House|
|Patterson House Museum|
And to finish up this long post I leave with a cool video shown during our states 150th celebration this past weekend. This was a 3D Movie projected onto the actual Capitol Building.