Journey back in time this summer at Babcock State Park in scenic Clifftop.
written by Natalie Sypolt
The legacy cabins at Babcock State Park were constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps—President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal program that put young men to work improving America’s public lands. Several of West Virginia’s state parks, Babcock included, were originally CCC camps, but have grown to become important and beloved parts of the West Virginia landscape.
While much of the original camp at Babcock State Park is gone, the legacy cabins remain true to the original look and build of wood frame and stone construction. These cabins vary in capacity from two to six people, and each is equipped with a kitchen, a bathroom with shower, linens, a wood fireplace, and an outdoor grill. As with all of the cabins at Babcock State Park, the legacy cabins have modern conveniences like wireless internet access, and some also have central heat and air conditioning. Select cabins are designated pet-friendly, too.
Babcock State Park has much to offer. The park is made up of 4,127 acres of scenic landscape. One of the most popular features is the historic Glade Creek Grist Mill, a fully functional replica of the original Cooper’s Mill that once stood on the grounds. Today, guests can tour the mill and even purchase a bag of freshly ground cornmeal.
In the Neighborhood
Visit the nation’s newest national park: the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve
- Ride the jet boats at nearby Hawks Nest State Park
- Explore the Civil War-era Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park
- Swim in Summersville Lake
- Brave the rapids with ACE Adventure Resort in Oak Hill
- Check out the charming community of Fayetteville
During their legacy cabin stay, visitors can also enjoy over 20 miles of hiking trails, fishing, hunting, mountain biking, and even premium whitewater rafting in the nearby New River. Seek out the two geocaching sites at the park and pick teams for horseshoes, volleyball, tennis, or basketball. In the summer months, partake in nature tours and movies. Whatever your pleasure, there’s truly something for everyone at this West Virginia jewel of a park.
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