Before wrapping up last weekend’s whirlwind escapades through Raleigh, Summers, and Fayette Counties, we made one last stop on our way home at probably the most photographed park in the state – Babcock State Park.
We’ve been to Babcock previously at different times of the year, and every single time, the weather-beaten Glade Creek Grist Mill is always worthy of a few photos along with the waterfallsLast weekend’s “in-state” excursion was relaxing, exciting and we simply had a blast seeing just how pretty the mountain state really is.
According to the state, in the 1930s, two CCC camps located in Clifftop, Camp Beaver and Camp Lee became the site of what is now known as Babcock State Park. The original camp buildings are gone today, but Babcock’s Campground is located at the former site of Camp Lee. All plans for the administration building, cabins, and other work were drawn up by park staff at the park and approved by the Department of the Interior. The camps at Babcock, Watoga, Cacapon, Lost River, and Oglebay were operated by the Civilian Commission of West Virginia in cooperation with the National Park Service of the Department of the Interior. Other help included a skilled stonemason foreman who supervised the park’s stone quarry and work on the administration building.