What to do in Babcock State Park

**Information provivded by West Virginia Division of Natural Resources**

Babcock State Park offers its guests 4,127 acres of serene, yet rugged beauty, a fast flowing trout stream in a boulder-strewn canyon and mountainous vistas to be viewed from several scenic overlooks. All of this variety is located adjacent to the New River Gorge National 'River and the heart of the whitewater rafting industry of West Virginia.

The Glade Creek Grist Mill is a new mill that was completed in 1976 at Babcock. Fully operable, this mill was built as a re-creation of one which once ground grain on Glade Creek long before Babcock became a state park. Known as Cooper's Mill, it stood on the present location of the park's administration building parking lot.

Of special interest, the mill was created by combining parts and pieces from three mills which once dotted the state. The basic structure of the mill came from the Stoney Creek Grist Mill which dates back to 1890. It was dismantled and moved piece by piece to Babcock from a spot near Campbelltown in Pocahontas County. After an accidental fire destroyed the Spring Run Grist Mill near Petersburg, Grant County, only the overshot water wheel could be salvaged. Other parts for the mill came from the Onego Grist Mill near Seneca Rocks in Pendleton County.

A living monument to the over 500 mills which thrived in West Virginia at the turn of the century, the Glade Creek Grist Mill provides freshly ground cornmeal and buckwheat flour which park guests may purchase. Visitors to the mill may journey back to the time when grinding grain by a rushing stream was a way of life, and the groaning mill wheel was music to the miller's ear.

Our park headquarters building contains a gift shop for WV souvenirs and sundries - open on weekends in the spring and fall and daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Picnic shelters are available for rent at a nominal fee for family reunions and events.

There will no longer be a restaurant located at park headquarters. Please email or call the office to get a list of the many different styles of restaurants located in the surrounding area of the park.

Cabins Standard cabin of frame construction Vacationers at Babcock may select from among 13 standard log cabins located by Glade Creek (trout stream) - (may require access by as many as 65 steps), five standard cabins of frame construction, eight bungalow cabins and two deluxe handicap accessible cabins. Each standard cabin features a woodburning fireplace, fully equipped kitchen and bath with shower.

All cabins feature electric lighting, modern appliances, and are completely equipped for housekeeping including cooking utensils, dishes, flatware, bed linens, and towels.

Bungalow cabins are a combination of living/dining/bedroom with built-in double bunks or single size bunks, small bath with shower, and a screened in porch.

Deluxe accessible cabins are very modern and have heating/air conditioning as well as fireplace. All of our cabin's open in Mid-April and close the last week of October, weather permitting.Babcock offers a 52-unit campground (includes 4 handicap accessible sites) complete with tent or trailer campsites, picnic tables, ground grills and a central bathhouse with toilet facilities, hot showers and coin-operated washers and dryers.

Two potable water fill-up stations and two sewage dump stations are available for campers and RV's.

The campground opens in mid-April and remains open until October 31st (weather permitting).

Only one tent or trailer is allowed per site.

Electric sites = $19.00/nightNon-electric sites = $15.00/night

Recreation
Paddleboats, rowboats, and canoes are available for rent at the marina at our 19-acre Boley Lake where good fishing abounds.

For swimming there is a modern pool. Our pool is closed on Mondays except for holiday Mondays.

Fishing is also available in the park's cool rushing stream.

Hiking at Babcock on the over 20 miles of trails may find you at one of many scenic overlooks.

Horseback Riding and pony rides for children are availabe at different times and lengths throughout the summer season.

Rates:One hour: $25.001 1/2 hour: $28.00Two hour: $35.00Half Day: $70.00 - (3 1/2 hours of riding plus lunch) Without lunch: $65.00

Open May-October. Rides may be scheduled throughout the day for your convenience. Walk-ins accepted space permitting.Call (304)438-5046 for more information.

The summer park naturalist conducts nature tours, slide and movie presentations, special sport activities and get-togethers. You can also take part with young and old park visitors alike in nature interpretation programs and learn about the trees, ferns, wildflowers, and wildlife of the park.

Location
Located in Fayette County in south central West Virginia, Babcock State Park is easily accessible from Beckley and points south by following US 19 north.

At the US Rt. 60 exit travel east 10 miles to State Rt. 41 South. Babcock's campground is 2 miles south of Rt.60 at Clifftop, while the main park entrance is 2 miles south of Clifftop.

From Charleston, follow Rt. 60 East to Rt. 41 South.

From the east, follow I-64 to the Sam Black Church exit, then follow US Rt. 60 West to Rt. 41 South.

From the north take US 19 exit off I-79 and follow US 19 to US Rt. 60 East to Rt. 41 South.

Climate
West Virginia experiences four distinct seasons, none of which are extreme. Temperatures in the highlands of the Allegheny Mountains are somewhat more severe than the rest of the state. Generally temperatures during the winter months range from 15 to 40 degrees F. Ample snow accumulation provides for cross-country and downhill skiing opportunities. Spring brings blooming trees and shrubs to the forested regions of the state, as well as warmer temperatures. During this season, March through May, expect mild temperatures between 45 and 70 degrees F. Summers are normally hot with high humidity, especially at lower elevations. Expect temperatures to range from 70 at night to 95 during the dog days of August. Fall brings cool, crisp air to West Virginia and spectacular foliage color changes. Bring a light jacket for this season, which brings temperatures between 35, at night, to 70 degrees F, during the day.

Address
HC 35, Box 150
Clifftop, WV 25831

Phone: 304-438-3004

Email: babcock@mail.wvnet.edu
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