Located along the New River Gorge in West Virginia, Babcock State Park is home to over 4,100 acres of rhododendron-lined trails, streams, and the Glade Creek Grist Mill, a functional replica of the nearby Cooper’s Mill. The mill remains a popular destination for photographers and now, with their increase in popularity, drones. Drone users must check in at the park office in advance.
For overnight guests, visitors can camp at one of 52 sites, 28 of which have electric hookups. There is a central bathhouse with coin-operated laundry, two fill-up, and two dump stations, as well as wireless internet. The park also offers a group camping area that can hold up to 20 tents and has a covered picnic area.
The campground is open from the third Friday in April until the fourth Monday in October. Some of the campsites may be reserved in advance, but the rest are first-come, first-served. Reservations start on the Friday before Memorial Day and end on Labor Day.
The park has over 20 miles of hiking trails, which range from easy to challenging. The park office provides a trail map, or you can find one on the park’s website. Bikers may explore any road with gravel or pavement, as well as several other trails as marked.
The park also offers ample opportunities for other outdoor recreation activities. Visitors to the park may camp, hike, bike, geocache, boat, fish, and more. On the water, park visitors may boat and fish, as long as proper licenses are current and valid. The park rents out paddleboats, rowboats, and canoes from the marina between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Dogs and cats are the only pets permitted in West Virginia state parks but must be kept under physical control at all times. Always clean up after your pets, bring your own waste bags, and do not allow your animals to become a nuisance to other park guests. If you bring your dog hiking with you, always come prepared with enough water for you and your pet.
If you are looking to explore some trails or take in scenic views, consider stopping by Babcock State Park with your family or furry companions.