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Rich Mountain Battlefield Civil War Site

Beverly, WV, USA

Rich Mountain Battlefield Civil War Site includes the battle site, Confederate Camp Garnett, and connecting section of the old Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike. On July 11, 1861, Union troops under Gen. George B. McClellan routed Confederates holding the pass over Rich Mountain. This victory led to General McClellan's appointment to command the Army of the Potomac. It also gave the Union control of northwestern Virginia, allowing the formation of the state of West Virginia two years later. Visitors are strongly encouraged to go to the visitors center in Beverly for directions and information before proceeding to the battle site at the top of the mountain.


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To reach Rich Mountain Battlefield from the East (Beverly): Turn off Rt 250 west onto Rich Mountain Road. Follow the RMBF signs 5 miles to the Battlefield, at the very top of the mountain pass. (Much of this road is gravel-surfaced). Continue following Rich Mountain Road another 1 1/2 miles further west to the bottom of the mountain to see the Camp Garnett area. To reach the site from the West (Rt 33): At the Norton Exit off Rt 33 (1.4 miles east of the stoplight intersection with Rt 250) turn right onto Rt 151. When Rt 151 comes to a T-intersection, turn right and cross the bridge. Just across the bridge, turn left to Norton. Continue 4 miles, then turn left toward Mabie. Continue an additional 2 miles, then bear left onto Rich Mountain Road. Continue about 1.5 miles to Field of Fire Park and Camp Garnett. The battlefield lies another 1.5 miles further, at the peak of the road pass.

Visitor Services

Battle site, trails, lookouts, visitors center, brochures, display, gift shop.

Regular Events

July (odd-numbered years), biennial reenactment/living history.

Plan Your Visit

Admission Fee



Daily: Sunrise to sunset; Beverly Visitors Center hours are seasonal, call ahead for more information.


304-637-RICH (7424)

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