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If West Virginia has caught your eye and you plan to take your RV camper to the historical Mountain State, you should check out Babcock State Park in Clifftop, WV. Just under three hours west of Lynchburg, VA, one and a half hours east of Charleston, and two hours east of Huntington, this is a 4,127-acre beauty of a park.
Originally separate camps (Camp Beaver and Camp Lee), Babcock State Park was built when the CCC combined the two in the 1930s. In the ‘70s, the National Park Service built what would become the most famous part of the park: the Glade Creek Grist Mill. This fully functioning mill is a monument to the hundreds of mills that West Virginia housed at the turn of the century. It was built from pieces of other nearby mills that have broken or burned down.
RV campers at Babcock State Park can enjoy a bit of hiking and fishing on the premises, but just outside the park, they can brave the waves at the New River Gorge for some highly rated whitewater rafting, or try their luck at bagging some deer or turkey in the nearby hunting grounds. Book an RV in Fayette County today and discover the breathtaking natural beauty that characterizes West Virginia.
Planning to do some motorhome camping at Babcock State Park this year? This park is woven with over twenty miles of hiking trails which range in difficulty, so everyone in your group can find a route that's right for them. Some of the pathways are paved or gravel and therefore perfect for bikers. An additional ten dirt trails welcome mountain bikers as well.
Who doesn’t love a good scavenger hunt? Babcock State Park is equipped with geocaching, the technological scavenger hunt that uses your phone's GPS to show you hidden treasures around the park. Turn it on and start searching. You never know what you’ll find!
If you’re looking to do some boating, Babcock State Park has you covered. Bring your electric or paddle boats down to Boley Lake. Didn’t have room in your RV camper for your boat? Boley Lake Marina has rentals available from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Babcock State Park RV campers have 52 campsites to choose from. Twenty-eight of these sites come equipped with electrical hookups and 24 are non-electrical. Half of the sites are open for reservation, while the other half are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. A limited number of pull-through sites are available, so be sure to book in advance if you require one.
No motorhome camping trip is complete without the creature comforts of home. That’s why visitors will be happy to learn that Babcock State Park has Wi-Fi and fairly good phone reception. The park also has drinking water, a dump station, showers, public toilets, and sewer hookups. Much of the park is also accessible for visitors with disabilities.
If you have a dog or cat, they’ll love it here! Pets are welcome to join you for your stay as long as they're well-behaved and on a leash.
Is there a thrillseeker in your group? Just north of the park, up the New River, you’ll find Adventures on the Gorge. Book a spot on their whitewater rafting tours and splash through the rushing river. Climb to great heights and zip-line down. There are even spots for paddle boarding and fishing. Adventures on the Gorge has it all and is less than half an hour away.
Summerville Lake is also a popular destination because of its crystal clear, warm waters. Locals call this place the Little Bahamas. The lake offers a scuba diving instructor who can teach you the ropes and get you exploring under the water in no time. At some points, visibility is up to 45 feet, and you can swim down to 327 feet below the surface. There's a huge variety of sea life to observe, as well as giant underwater rock cliffs and formations.
If you’re an American history buff, check out the Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park, which is a mere half an hour away. This park is part of the Civil War Discovery Trail and is jam-packed with Civil War history. There's a museum on the premises, historical reenactments, and even some hiking trails to explore.
Once you’ve seen all there is to see and it’s time to go, make sure to fill up your tank at any of the many gas stations on Route 60. Then, Highway 64 is ready to take you east or west, and Highway 79 can take you north or south.