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West Virginia and North Carolina Vacation – Day 2 of 9: Babcock State Park

We visited Babcock State Park on May 10th, our second day of vacation.  Located in Fayette County in south central West Virginia, Babcock State Park was easily accessible from our Oak Hill hotel by following US 19 north.  At the US Rt. 60 exit we traveled east 10 miles to State Rt. 41 South.  The main park entrance is 4 miles south, near Clifftop.

If I had a bucket list of places I want to see, Babcock State Park would be on that list.  The highlight of our visit to Babcock State Park was seeing, in person, the much-photographed grist mill located near the park’s administration building.

Please click on the black square displayed below.  A short video, with sound, that Bob created will play!

Babcock State Park - Glade Creek Grist Mill

 

_LG14288_LG14289_LG14290-HDR 4x6According to the Babcock State Park website, the Glade Creek Grist Mill was completed in 1976.

_LG14301_LG14302_LG14303-HDR 4x6The mill was built as a re-creation of Cooper’s Mill, which stood on the present location.

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The Glade Creek Mill is a living monument to the over 500 mills which thrived in West Virginia at the turn of the century.  The Glade Creek Grist Mill provides freshly ground cornmeal, which park guests may purchase.

 

Other noteworthy stops in the park included two scenic overlooks along the road to the Manns Creek Picnic Area, Boley Lake and hiking the Island in the Sky trail.

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Manns Creek Gorge

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Picturesque Boley Lake

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_LG14316 4x6Island in the Sky

We had hoped to enjoy a scenic overlook of Glade Creek on the Island in the Sky trail. Unfortunately, the creek was not visible because there were trees in every direction.

I will be sharing more of vacation day 2 in my next blog post about our West Virginia and North Carolina vacation.

3 Responses to “West Virginia and North Carolina Vacation – Day 2 of 9: Babcock State Park”

  1. seniorhiker

    What a beautiful place! We’ve been to that area before, but we haven’t visited Babcock State Park. We’re going to have to fix that.

    Reply
  2. Eileen

    Hello Linda, I love the shots of the mill. The views are beautiful. Great captures! Happy Memorial Day weekend

    Reply

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