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Babcock Scenic Trail

Babcock State Park is one of the most photographed places in West Virginia for a good reason. With the historic and picturesque Glade Creek Grist Mill, miles of trails, cabins and a pool, you could spend a few hours or a few days. Babcock is also located near several other cultural and natural attractions, and the route is along two scenic highways. This trip couldn’t be more relaxing and beautiful.

Stop 1 – Ansted

A quaint little town with lots of history.

Stop 2 – Babcock

This state park boasts over 4,000 acres of rugged outdoor beauty adjacent to the New River Gorge. Babcock offers numerous activities to entertain the whole family, including paddleboat, canoe, and rowboat rentals on Boley Lake. There’s also a swimming pool, fishing, hiking, and pony and horseback riding. Also, be sure to check out the operational Glade Creek Grist Mill. Hours Activities and cabin rentals are available seasonally from April to October. Cost- Free to enjoy the park. There are rental fees for the boats, cabins, swimming pools and horseback riding. Tips Glade Creek Grist Mill is one of the most photographed icons of southern West Virginia. It was assembled from several other grist mills around the state and is operational. Guests may purchase freshly ground buckwheat flours and cornmeal.

Stop 3 – Prince

Prince is a little railroad town that still boasts an active Amtrak stop. This retro train station is quaint and picturesque. If you cross the bridge over the New River, you will find Glade Creek, a camping and hiking area that is part of the New River Gorge National River. Hours The station is open Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Tips- There is a train tunnel slightly down the road from the station, going towards the river. It is often photographed by those who visit Prince. Be careful stopping, however; the best view is on the bridge crossing the tracks.

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