Tennis, Basketball, Swimming. Fishing
There is an unheated swimming pool, tennis courts, basketball, horseshoe pits with equipment available to use at the park office. Babcock also has Boley lake that is stocked with Largemouth Bass, Trout and Bluegill. Bait is available at the lake. The lake also has rowboats, paddleboats, and a canoe for rental as well.
The creek by the mill also is stocked with trout several times per year
- Family Travel
Babcock offers lots of beautiful scenery
If moving around on land is more interesting to you, horseshoe pits, tennis, and volleyball and basketball courts are provided. And if the kids want to enjoy the park on four feet instead of their own two, horse and pony rides are available for children throughout the summer. This is also the perfect chance to hike on any one of the 20 miles of trails, leading you to perfect scenic backdrops.
The most photographed building at Babcock State Park, however, is the Glade Creek Grist Mill, a re-creation of one that ground grain in Glade Creek before Babcock became a state park. It was previously known as Cooper’s Mill. To create the new Glade Creek Mill, parts from three different mills across the state were combined. The basic structure came from Stoney Creek Grist Mill; the water wheel was donated from the Spring Run Grist Mill near Petersburg; and other parts of the mill came from Onego Grist Mill near Seneca Rocks.
It is a living monument to the over 500 mills, which thrived in West Virginia during the turn-of-the-century and still provides freshly ground cornmeal and buckwheat, which may be purchased so you have a souvenir of your visit.
Enjoy the Beautiful Babcock State Park
restaurant, cabins, hiking, horse-backing
Beautiful Babcock protects a gorge so deep and rugged that a locomotive lies lost in its depths.
In the wooded highlands beyond the canyon, rustic cabins, a swimming pool, and a working gristmill attract seasonal visitors. Hiking, angling, and cross-country skiing draw sports enthusiasts in winter.
Adventurous hikers may follow a remote park service road to the ghost town of Sewell on New River. Historians will enjoy its CCC-constructed buildings.
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How to get to Babcock State Park
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.
The water and rocks make nice waterfalls to enjoy
Horseback Riding and Pony rides for children are availabe at different times and lengths throughout the summer season.
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.
The grist mill offers tours
Visitors to Babcock will appreciate the wide variety of recreational facilities maintained at the park for their enjoyment. From hiking trails to paddleboats, there is something to suit most every taste.
The park recreation area features:
*A nominal fee is charged for all recreational facilites and they are open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Even the older kids enjoyed the beauty
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
Climbing on the rocks was alot of fun for the kids
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.
The Old Grist Mill on Glade Creek
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
Climbing on rocks in Glade Creek
The kids enjoyed climbing on the rocks in the creek. They are large and easy for them to manevur on.