Babcock State Park

Babcock State Park is a state park located along the New River Gorge on 4,127 acres (16.7 km2) wooded in Fayette County, West Virginia. Located near the park headquarters, the Glade Creek Grist Mill is among the most photographed tourist sites in the state of West Virginia. It was named in honor of Edward V. Babcock.

The Glade Creek Grist Mill is a replica of the original Cooper's Mill that was located nearby. The current grist mill, completed in 1976, was assembled from parts of three other West Virginia mills. 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 set throughout the state.

Features
  • 28 cabins
  • 52 campsites
  • gift shop
  • 20 plus 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
  • 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

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. 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.

Building Activity

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