One of West Virginia’s most iconic locations, Babcock State Park has 4,127 acres of stunning scenery. Located 20 miles southeast of the New River Gorge Bridge, the park is most known for the Glade Creek Grist Mill, a fully functional replica of the original Cooper’s Mill, which once stood on the grounds. Other attractions include recreational activities like hiking, fishing and mountain biking, as well as whitewater rafting nearby in the New River Gorge.

Nature and landscape photographers who wish to fly a drone near the Glade Creek Grist Mill, are required to check in at the park office in advance. The use of drones is permitted, but only from 1-3 p.m., daily. Check in at the park office for drone use at other times. Drones may not be flown over buildings or the parking area, and must stay a minimum of 20 feet away from the mill.

Location

Babcock West Virginia
486 Babcock Road, Clifftop, WV 25831

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How To Get There

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 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.

Hours

The campground is open spring through fall, weather permitting

Campsites may be reserved anytime online, by phone, or at the campground office

Reservations may be made for no less than two consecutive nights on weekends (Fri. and Sat.) or one night (Sun.-Thurs.)

There is a 14-night maximum stay.

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Fee

Cabins and Campgrounds may be reserved via this link.

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Contact Details

Phone: 304-438-3004

Official Website: Babcock West Virginia

Email: dnrbabcock@wv.gov

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Area Attractions

Suggested Equipment for Babcock West Virginia:

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The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.

Activities & Tips

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Vacation Cabins

Vacation cabins at Babcock State Park are modern cabins with heat air conditioning, gas fireplaces, television, microwaves, and fully equipped kitchens, linens, and relaxed settings. They are open mid-spring through October 31.

Amenities

  • ADA Accessible
  • Central heat and air conditioning
  • Gas or wood fireplace
  • Kitchen with range, refrigerator/freezer, and cookware
  • Wireless internet
  • Outside grill

Legacy Cabins

Legacy cabins, also known as CCC cabins because they were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, are of wood frame or stone construction and feature various room and bedding arrangements. They come with electricity and water, a fully equipped kitchen, linens, bathrooms with showers, wood fireplace and an outside grill. Legacy cabins close for the season the fourth Monday in October.

Amenities

  • Wood fireplace
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Wireless internet
  • Outside grill

Economy Cabins

Economy cabins are of wood frame construction. They feature electric, water, a fully equipped kitchen, bunk bed combined living/sleeping area, linens, bathrooms with showers and an outside grill. Economy cabins close for the season October 31.

Amenities

  • Combined living, dining room and bedroom
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Screened-in porch
  • Wireless internet
  • Outside grill

Babcock West State Park is a must-visit state park in West Virginia. Check out other state parks in West Virginia here.

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