Babcock State Park

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Babcock State Park
West Virginia State Park
Glade Creek Grist Mill.jpg
Glade Creek Grist Mill
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Fayette
Elevation 2,510 ft (765.0 m)
Coordinates 37°59′18″N 80°56′38″W / 37.98833°N 80.94389°W / 37.98833; -80.94389Coordinates: 37°59′18″N 80°56′38″W / 37.98833°N 80.94389°W / 37.98833; -80.94389
Area 4,127 acres (1,670.1 ha)
Established October 11, 1934 [1]
 - Opened July 1, 1937 [1]
Owner West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
IUCN category III - Natural Monument
Nearest city Clifftop, West Virginia
Location of Babcock State Park in West Virginia

Babcock State Park is a state park located along the New River Gorge on 4,127 acres (16.7 km2) wooded[2] in Fayette County, West Virginia. It is located approximately 20 miles away from the New River Gorge Bridge.

Located near the park headquarters, the Glade Creek Grist Mill is commonly photographed.[3][4][5] It was named in honor of Edward V. Babcock. Completed in 1976 by combining parts of three other West Virginia mills, it is a replica of the original Cooper's Mill that was located nearby. The park's web site describes the Glade Creek Grist Mill as a living, working monument to the more than 500 mills that used to be located throughout the state.


  • 28 cabins
  • 52 campsites
  • gift shop
  • More than 20 miles of hiking trails
  • outdoor sports facilities (basketball court, tennis court, volleyball court, horseshoe pit)
  • 19-acre (77,000 m2) Boley Lake
  • rental watercraft (paddleboats, rowboats, canoes)
  • swimming pool
  • fishing (lake and stream)
  • horseback and pony rides (closed)
  • naturalist-led hikes and presentations
  • picnic shelters
  • corn meal and buckwheat flour made at the Glade Creek Grist Mill are available for sale
  • scenic overlooks


Accessibility for the disabled was assessed by West Virginia University. The assessment found the campground, picnic shelters, restrooms, and ramps and doorways to public buildings to be accessible.[6] The park also has accessible fishing access and two accessible cabins. During the 2005 assessment some issues were identified concerning parking lot signage and slippery stairways.

See also


  1. ^ a b Where People and Nature Meet: A History of the West Virginia State Parks. Charleston, West Virginia: Pictorial Histories Publishing Company. April 1988. ISBN 0-933126-91-3. 
  2. ^ Babcock State Park website, accessed March 19, 2008
  3. ^ Nature Photographers web site
  4. ^ Park Photos web site
  5. ^ MountainMade web site
  6. ^ Guide to Accessible Recreation and Travel in WV, WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities web site, accessed July 31, 2006 Archived July 20, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.

External links

  • Official website
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