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Babcock State Park, Clifftop

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Babcock State Park is a state park located along the New River Gorge on 4,127 acres (16.7 km2) wooded in Fayette County, West Virginia. It is located approximately 20 miles away from the New River Gorge Bridge.

Located near the park headquarters, the Glade Creek Grist Mill is commonly photographed. 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.

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  • The park is absolutely beautiful very relaxing. I can’t wait to go back and explore more as we was limited on time 
    The park is absolutely beautiful very relaxing. I can’t wait to go back and explore more as we was limited on time  more »
  • What a beautiful spot - even on a rainy day! Supposedly the Glade Creek Mill is the most photographed spot in WV & it's easy to believe. We came on a rainy day so didn't explore the park much... 
    What a beautiful spot - even on a rainy day! Supposedly the Glade Creek Mill is the most photographed spot in WV & it's easy to believe. We came on a rainy day so didn't explore the park much...  more »
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  • Gorgeous park with excellent trails and a really nice campground. The mill is well taken care of as this is obviously this focal point of the park. Great location to the New River Gorge National Park. I am sure Babcock is seeing a surge in visitors with the newest NP addition right next door. We were happy we chose to stay here during our visit to NRG! Take the time to visit Camp Washington Carver as well. Excellent for history lovers and beautiful building! The staff unlocked the door so we could take a look inside.
  • I made a wrong turn on the way to the Grist Mill as my GPS was not the greatest. I think the wrong turn was a hidden gem bonus. The one lane road takes you to a quiet lookout with benches to sit in peaceful contemplation and view the mountains. The was a nice playground and very clean bathrooms. There were places to pull off the side of the road and access some of the trails. One was Old Pond Trail which leads to a pond. It connects with another trail but it was closed. It’s a bit sad as the trails on this side didn’t seem to get any action on them. They have an interactive loop that is numbered. The loop is nice but internet service in this area is nil so I couldn’t download the guide that goes with the loop. Across from the interactive loop is a small path that takes you to a natural arch. The baths to both are pretty easy to follow for the most part but some of the paths are not as well defined do to lack of human traffic. I still think it is worth a look.

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