There are few places in West Virginia that are as iconic as Babcock State Park. The park’s famous grist mill is one of the most photographed places in the state and fall is one of the best times to visit and snap a picture of your own. But while you might visit Babcock for a photo, you’ll want to stay for the incredible scenery and outdoor adventures. Peak color comes around the middle of October. For live updates on fall color at Babcock, visit WVtourism.com/fall. Here’s everything you need to know to plan a trip.
The main attraction at Babcock State Park is the Glade Creek Grist Mill, a fully functional replica of the original Cooper’s Mill, which once stood on the grounds. Other popular activities you can enjoy in the park include hiking, mountain biking and fishing. There’s also plenty of things to do in the surrounding area. Located 20 miles southeast of the New River Gorge Bridge, Babcock is a perfect launching point for whitewater rafting, rock climbing and other outdoor adventures in the New River Gorge.