Babcock State Park Travel Guide

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    Noel on Glade Creek with Mill in...
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  • The Grist Mill on Glade Creek at Babcock
    The Grist Mill on Glade Creek at Babcock
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  • Noel & Paige in the creek on rocks
    Noel & Paige in the creek on rocks
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Babcock State Park Things to Do

  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • Enjoy the Beautiful Babcock State Park

    restaurant, cabins, hiking, horse-backingBeautiful 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...

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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...

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  • The water and rocks make nice waterfalls...

    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...

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  • 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:horseshoe pits volleyball court tennis court basketball court*A nominal fee is charged for all recreational...

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  • 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

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  • Climbing on the rocks was alot of fun...

    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...

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  • 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.

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Babcock State Park Warnings and Dangers

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    At Babcock State Park, you'll find a wide variety of activities. Visit the 19-acre Boley Lake and experience the joy of floating the waters on a paddleboat, a rowboat, or even a canoe. You can also fish on the lake or in a nearby stream, but only with a valid West Virginia fishing license. If you want to swim, then head away from the lake and go to the pool.

    Shari and the kids playing along the creek

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Babcock State Park What to Pack

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Depending on the weather, dress appropriately. It gets chilly near the water if your in the later seasons.

    Photo Equipment: plenty of film for your camera

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If your camping, you know what you need

    Miscellaneous: Tennis shoes!!!!

    Noel at the bridge crossing Glade creek

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