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Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park
IUCN Category III (Natural Monument)
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Observation tower overlooking the Greenbrier River valley.
Location Pocahontas, West Virginia, United States
Nearest town Hillsboro, West Virginia
Area 287 acres (116 ha)
Elevation 3,104 ft (946 m)
Established July 4, 1928
Named for Battle of Droop Mountain
Governing body West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Website
Droop Mountain Battlefield
Nearest city Marlinton, West Virginia
NRHP reference No. 70000664
Added to NRHP January 26, 1970

Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park is a state park located on Droop Mountain in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. The park was the site of the Battle of Droop Mountain, the last major battle of the American Civil War in the state taking place on November 6, 1863. John D. Sutton, a West Virginia private in the Union Army at the battle, became the leader in the movement to create the park when he served in the West Virginia House of Delegates. Dedicated on July 4, 1928, Droop Mountain Battlefield became the first state park in West Virginia.

The battlefield was transformed into a historical, outdoor recreation area by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. Public reenactments of the battle have been conducted in October of some even-numbered years by the West Virginia Reenactors Association.

The park was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.

Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park is located about 25 miles (40 km) north of the Lewisburg exit of I-64 on U.S. Highway 219 and about 15 miles (24 km) south of Marlinton on US 219. The park is also near Beartown State Park and Watoga State Park.

Features

  • Droop Mountain Museum with battle artifacts
  • Lookout Tower
  • hiking
  • Picnic areas with shelters
  • Tots playgrounds

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