West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Leaf peepers find horseback riding at Babcock State Park a fall foliage treat

9/19/2013
Horseback riding at Babcock State ParkPhoto Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.
Horseback riding at Babcock State Park
CLIFFTOP, W.Va. - Horseback riding through the shaded and beautiful trails of Babcock State Park is a pleasant and peaceful journey.

“Riding a horse on the trails is a different experience in the fall than in the summer, because the park’s elevation means the leaves turn color earlier than other parts of the state,” said Supt. Clinton Cochran, who noted that the leaves turn about two weeks earlier at Babcock than in the lower valleys. 

Montgomery’s Outdoor Adventures provides this outdoor recreation opportunity at Babcock. The guided trail rides at the park feature a unique creek crossing and nice views of rock formations, peaceful wooded pond settings, and very frequent wildlife sightings.

Guided trail rides are offered for ages 8 and older. Family and child-friendly horse riding experiences range from ½ hour rides to two hours. Fall hours are Friday - Sunday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and reservations are encouraged by calling Montgomery’s at 304-860-7834. 

Babcock State Park is located in Fayette County in Clifftop West Virginia and is one of West Virginia’s oldest state parks. The Glade Creek Grist Mill is the well-known iconic feature that attracts tourist to the area. Vacationers at Babcock 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 accessible cabins. Standard cabins feature a wood burning fireplace, fully equipped kitchen and bath with shower.

A 52-site campground, Boley Lake, fishing, hiking and picnicking also are popular with visitors. A webcam focused on the mill showcases the weather and scenery on the parks’ website, www.babcocksp.com. The park is open from mid-April through the end of October.

To learn more about Babcock State Park call 304-438-3004.

Contact Information

Clinton Cochran, Supt.
304-438-3004
babcocksp@wv.gov