Babcock State Park

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Babcock State Park

West Virginia

(304) 438-3004

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Things To Do

Overview

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. A unique feature of Babcock State Park is the Glade Creek Grist Mill. This mill was built as a re-creation of one which once ground grain on Glade Creek long before the Babcock area became a state park.

Map of Babcock (WV)

Latitude, Longitude: 37.992639, -80.952807

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Activities

  • Boating

    Paddleboats, rowboats, and canoes are available for rent at the marina at the 19-acre Boley Lake where good fishing abounds.

  • Camping

    Vacationers at Babcock State Park may select from among 13 standard log cabins located by Glade Creek (trout stream) - (may require access by as many as 65 steps), five standard cabins of frame construction, eight bungalow cabins and two deluxe handicap accessible cabins. Each standard cabin features a woodburning fireplace, fully equipped kitchen and bath with shower. All cabins feature electric lighting, modern appliances, and are completely equipped for housekeeping including cooking utensils, dishes, flatware, bed linens, and towels. Bungalow cabins are a combination of living/dining/bedroom with built-in double bunks or single size bunks, small bath with shower, and a screened in porch. Deluxe accessible cabins are very modern and have heating/air conditioning as well as fireplace. All cabin's open in Mid-April and close the last week of October, weather permitting. Dogs and cats are permitted in a limited number of cabins, call for reservations with pets. No alcoholic beverages allowed in the cabins or campground area. Babcock State Park offers a 52-unit campground (includes 4 accessible sites) complete with tent or trailer campsites, picnic tables, ground grills and a central bathhouse with toilet facilities, hot showers and coin-operated washers and dryers. Two potable water fill-up stations and two sewage dump stations are available for campers and RV's. Nearly 25% of the campsites at Babcock are available for reservations, while the remainder are rented on a first come, first- served basis. Reservations may be made by mail, phone, or in person up to seven days in advance and must be secured by payment of a deposit for the entire rental fee, plus a handling charge. The campground opens in mid-April and remains open until October 31st (weather permitting). When considering dates in April or October, please contact Babcock State Park for actual opening and closing dates.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is available in the park's cool rushing stream.

  • Hiking

    Babcock has over 20 miles of trails with the scenic overlooks popular among many hikers.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding and pony rides for children are available at different times and lengths throughout the summer season at the Babcock Riding Stables.

  • Picnicking

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  • RVing

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  • Tennis

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  • Water Sports

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Seasonality/Weather

All of the Babcock State Park cabins open in Mid-April and close the last week of October, weather permitting.

Park Partners

Babcock Riding Stables

Directions

Driving

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.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(304) 438-3004

Campground reservations

(304) 438-3004

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