Babcock State Park offers its guests 4,127 acres of serene, yet rugged beauty, a fast flowing trout stream in a boulder-strewn canyon and mountainous vistas to be viewed from several scenic overlooks. All of this variety is located adjacent to the New River Gorge National 'River and the heart of the whitewater rafting industry of West Virginia.

Very fun short trail

Nice set of trails. Well marked with blazers. No trash was visible during my trip. There is overgrowth in some areas so I would recommend long sleeves and pants (you can easily research tips on what type of clothing is recommended for hiking).

we enjoy this one with our dogs.

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5 months ago

Starting from behind the mill gives you a steeper climb than if you start from the entrance off the road. The view was nice. Trail was overgrown when I went.

This trail was wonderful! It actually has two entrances, if you take the one behind the mill, it is a very interesting hike.

Also has a climbing area. Well worth adding it to your trail.

Short and sweet. Lots of Rhododendrons.

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7 months ago

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Friend and I hike this trail a while back. Even with the leaves gone the view is beautiful. Steady incline for the first part of the trail then FANTASTIC rocks around the base of the "island." Wrapping around the rock wall it gets a little funky but then once on top of the mountain it's perfectly flat!

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Came to Babcock on a day trip with a friend and this was easily my favorite trail. Easy but fun climb up the mountain, and if you're someone who's into neat rocks and unique geologic features, Babcock State Park is and excellent choice.

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Beautiful vista on the Skyline Trail, but quite a long way up. Didn't manage to finish the entire trail, but had lunch at the vista where Skyline meets the Old Pond Trail and ended up walking the road back to where we had parked the car.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Easy with some elevation. Meets up with Long Point trail.

Monday, July 24, 2017

This trail should probably have two difficulty ratings. From the road access, it is a remarkably easy walk with mild elevation changes. From the trailhead by the GristMill, it is a rocky, steep (fun!) climb. We took this trail to the Wilderness Trail, then down the Three Creeks Trail back to the road. Nice day hike with the kids!

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Monday, July 24, 2017

started on timber ridge and branched into the loop. lots of uphill downhill. at the bottom is a nice creek with a huge hole, i assume for swimming. running the trail back to connect to long point is wide open and pretty.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

We found this trail while at Glade Creek Gris Mill and we were pleasantly surprised at what a cool fun trail it was. a little steep at times but really pretty easy.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Found this to be a beautiful trail. Moderate difficulty. Beautiful views of the creek as well as a couple short side trails to scenic overlooks.

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Friday, December 02, 2016

Nice hike a lot of up and down. Extended additional distance at the end. Would like to come back and complete the top trail.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Beautiful vista!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Wonderful short hike...tons of beautiful scenery

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Continuing from the Island in the Sky trail across the road I walked the Wilderness Trail from the beginning to the other end. The trail was quite easy with no long or steep hills. There were a couple of downed trees but it was easy to get by them. Using a bike would be fine on this trail but be aware there are blind spots where trail users might be encountered with short sight distance. Also lots of leaves on the ground make for slippery slopes. I saw several deer. Upon reaching the end of the trail I did an about face and walked back to the Triple Creek Trail. The hills were a little steeper and footing was more hazardous but still was no problem. Several more deer were encountered on this trail, mainly toward the far end near the swimming pool. Upon reaching the road by the swimming pool parking lot I went to the right and the main road then took a left down hill toward Boley Lake. Walking down to the lake boat dock I began the Lake View Trail toward the right. The trail was not marked as frequently as the preceding trails but was still fairly easy to follow. In most cases the correct path is nearest the lake. I encountered some beaver activity near the big rocks at one end of the lake. Upon reaching the dam near the boat dock I walked down the spur trail to my right before crossing the dam. It was not marked at the beginning but I soon encountered an orange trail marker which denotes the Lake View Trail. This trail was mostly down hill from here and ended just inside the gate on the road just above the grist mill.

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

By itself, I would give this hike 3 stars. When combined with the Wilderness Trail and the Triple Creek Trail and the Lake View Trail including the spur which takes you on about a 6 mile total circuit hike beginning and ending at the parking lot at the Glade Creek Grist Mill I would add another star. Beginning at my vehicle at the parking lot I hiked across the bridge and hiked up the Island In The Sky Trail. The hike starts out going uphill which is not difficult until you reach the rockier portion. It was still not hard but you need to be careful of foot placement to avoid a turned ankle. A hiking stick was helpful for me. Reaching the first wooden steps I was concerned of their integrity but they held up my 220 lbs. quite easily. Although my backpack scraped the overhead rock I had no problems. If you take children, you need to give them very close attention as there are many trails at the top that lead to overlooks with no railings. When I reached the other end of the trail I walked straight ahead to begin hiking the Wilderness Trail.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

I know it's super short, but it was so much fun. There's a little bit of scrambling, and we went in the Fall so the colors were amazing. A great hike.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

This trail has some very unique rocks along the way. The view is somewhat limited, but if you go past the shelter at the top there is a rock ledge where you can see somewhat better. This is a fun trail in a beautiful park.

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Friday, August 16, 2013

I only did the Narrow Gauge section. After walking an extremely muddy 1 mile + down Old Sewell Rd I reached the trailhead of Narrow Gauge. Shortly into the trail turned into singletrack with overgrown plants along both sides. We tried to be careful and avoid contact with them but most of the time it was impossible. I knew there was a swinging bridge ahead so I trudged on determined to walk on one for the first time. We made it to the bridge, definitely the highlight of the trek. I tried to go on but after navigating a steep and rocky section, I could see it was more overgrown singletrack. This trail has potential if maintained properly. The intention of the hike was to determine if the trail wasgood for an upcoming mountain biking trip. In its current state, I would not consider taking a bike on it. Call to see if the trail has been maintained before venturing out. Although it didn't turn out to be anything significant, my hiking partner had welts and a rash before we made it back to the car.

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Located in the beautiful Babcock State Park, the trailhead is near the Grist Mill. Rocky and steep in sections, but overall moderate in difficulty. Before making this trek, I had read about the great view at the top. When I arrived at the end, I was disappointed to see visibility was very limited due to trees in every direction. I couldn't see the river below or any of the surrounding mountains. It may not be like this from late fall to early spring, but I would not recommend it in the summer months.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

This trail is alot of fun if you enjoy climbing around on some big boulders and rock faces. The trail is well maintained and at the time went the rhody's were in full bloom. It's a very scenic trail for all ages but it's pretty steep so watch the little ones! There's a new overlook at the top with a small shelter for a mountian view picnic.

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