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T H E G O O D WA L K

Droop Mountain

WEST
VIRGINIA'S
FIRST STATE
PARK

Offers Easy Walk, Tastes of History
The 2.5-mile circuit provides glimpses of the Civil War.

Text by LEONARD ADKINS | Photos by LEONARD & LAURIE ADKINS

ABOVE:
The Civilian
Conservation
Corps built the
tower atop Droop
Mountain.
INSET: Briery
Knob Overlook
provides a
glorious view of
Hill Creek Valley.

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WORTH
THE DRIVE

n outing to West Virginia's Droop
rest of the national conflict.
Mountain Battlefield State Park
Decades later, John D. Sutton, a surnot only lets you enjoy nature
vivor of the battle and member of the
Laurie and I decided
and a couple of grandstand views,
House of Delegates, introduced legislaLocust Hill Pub's
but also provides a chance to visit
tion calling for a Droop Mountain me(locusthillwv.com) dill
the site of a historical last and a
morial. On July 4, 1928, 125 acres were
and honey mushistorical first.
dedicated as Droop Mountain Battletard grilled salmon
In hopes of severing a Confederate railfield, West Virginia's first state-owned
and trout topped
with crab made it
road supply line in Virginia, Union forces
park.
worth driving the 30
marched southward in West Virginia and
Laurie and I began our exploration
minutes to Marlinton
encountered Southern troops on Droop
by descending a service road to the Minfrom the state park.
Mountain. The armies clashed throughout
nie Ball Trail. Rising out of a ravine, the
the day of November 6, 1863, with the Contrail is so lightly used today that vegfederates retreating as night approached. (A
etation is growing in the middle of it;
reenactment of the battle will take place in the park in yet, during the battle, hundreds of Union soldiers had to
October 2021.) Not only was this West Virginia's largest climb this hillside while facing Confederate fire.
Civil War skirmish, it was the last major battle in the
Ascending the six-sided log lookout tower built by
state, which remained in federal hands throughout the the CCC atop Droop Mountain, we found Sutton's

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