Babcock State Park

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Coordinates: 37°59′18″N 80°56′38″W / 37.98833°N 80.94389°W / 37.98833; -80.94389
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 m)
Coordinates 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
Nearest city Clifftop, West Virginia
Location of Babcock State Park in West Virginia
Website: Babcock State Park

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.

Located near the park headquarters, the Glade Creek Grist Mill is among the most photographed tourist sites in the state.[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.

Features[edit]

  • 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
  • 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[edit]

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.

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