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.
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.
Babcock State Park
is a state park located along the New River Gorge on
4,127 acres 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
The Glade Creek Grist
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.
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.
20 plus miles of hiking
outdoor sports facilities
(basketball court, tennis court, volleyball
court, horseshoe pit)
19-acre Boley Lake
(paddleboats, rowboats, canoes)
fishing (lake and stream)
horseback and pony rides
naturalist led hikes and
corn meal and buckwheat flour
made at the Glade Creek Grist Mill are available