Babcock State Park is located in Danese, West Virginia. The park features over four thousand acres of forest, with trails that are ideal for seasoned hikers as well as new explorers. The park offers excellent opportunities for fishing, including a stream for fly-fishing. The park is surrounded by mountain foothills that provide opportunities to view wildlife. For those interested in the region's industrial history, the park includes a fully-operable grist mill. Glade Creek Grist Mill was built in 1976 and was modeled upon a historic mill that was located nearby.
State Park offers 4,127 acres of beauty and a fast flowing trout stream to its
guest. It also has several overlooks where visitors can view the mountain
vistas. The park is nearby the heart of the whitewater rafting industry, New
River Gorge National River.
flowers can be seen by visitors to the park from later spring to early summer.
Paddleboats, rowboats, and canoes are available for rent at the marina at the 19-acre Boley Lake where good fishing abounds.
rustic administration building which is built of native sandstone is a good
place to start a tour of the park. It is the home of park headquarters and a
small gift shop. Across from the administration building parking lot is the
Glade Creek Grist Mill.
Glade Creek Mill was built at Babcock State Park in 1976. The mill was built as
a recreation of the Cooper’s Mill that was located where the current
administration building parking lot is. The Glade Creek Mill is fully operable.
The combination of parts and pieces from several old mills throughout West
Virginia played a role in its creation.
Creek Grist Mill, which dates back to 1890, provided the basic structure. It
was dismantled and moved, piece by piece, from Pocahontas County to Babcock. A
fire destroyed the Spring Run Grist Mill located in Grant County. The only
part of the mill that could be saved was the waterwheel, which is now powered by
the Glade Creek at Babcock. Some of the other parts that made up the mill came
from Onego Grist Mill which was located near Seneca Rocks in Pendleton County.
Creek Mill is a living monument to over 500 mills that once thrived in the
state of West Virginia. It also provides visitors to the park the opportunity to purchase
freshly ground cornmeal and buckwheat.