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Babcock State Park

Babcock State Park offers its guests 4,127 acres of serene, yet rugged beauty, a fast flowing trout stream in a boulder-strewn canyon and mountainous vistas to be viewed from several scenic overlooks. All of this variety is located adjacent to the New River Gorge National River and the heart of the whitewater rafting industry of West Virginia.


 Babcock State Park
486 Babcock State Park Rd.

Clifftop WV 25831

  • Elevation 2,510 feet

  • Coordinates: 38.0024, -80.959

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West Virginia: Wild and WonderfulThe Glade Creek Grist Mill
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.


  • 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 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

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