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Babcock State Park Trails

CONNECTOR TRAIL

Distance: 50 yards
Blaze: White Diamond
Walking Time: 5 minutes
Trailhead located along service road where Twin Hollow Trail crosses. This is a short and steep trail connecting Twin Hollow Trail to Ridge Top Trail.

ISLAND-IN-THE-SKY

Distance: .5 mile
Blaze: White Diamond
Walking time: 30-45 minutes
Trailhead at Grist Mill or at small parking lot in the sharp curve along the road to Boley Lake. Trail is moderately difficult and mostly uphill if starting at the Grist Mill; easy and mostly level if starting at the sharp curve.  High cliff areas with beautiful vistas.  Watch your children carefully.

LAKE VIEW TRAIL

Distance: 1 mile loop
Blaze: Orange Diamond
Walking Time: 1 hour
Easy, mostly level loop trail around Boley Lake. Trailhead to Boley Lake parking lot or at gate above Grist Mill. Spur from Grist Mill gate .5 mile long, uphill and moderately difficult.  Metal bridge along this spur was originally a gangplank from the showboat Rhododendron.

MANNS CREEK GORGE TRAIL

Distance: 2 miles (one-way)
Blaze: Orange Diamond
Walking Time: 1.5 to 2 hours
Not a loop trail – return along same trail or walk the Camp Washington Carver Road back to the campground. Trailheads: across from Campsite 26 and at the first parking area at Camp Washington Carver. Moderately difficult; scenic vistas.

MOUNTAIN HEATH TRAIL

Distance: .25 mile
Blaze: None
Numbered posts and a booklet (available at park headquarters) lead the hiker around this .25-mile loop self-guided trail.  Trailhead is 300 yards north of the main intersection on the road leading to the Mann's Creek Picnic Area.  Parking spur on right side of road, trailhead on the left.  Short trail leading to a natural arch leads off from the right side of the parking spur.  No blazes.

NARROW GAUGE TRAIL

Distance: 2.5 miles
Blaze: Yellow Diamond
Walking Time: 1.5 hours (one way) to 3 hours (both ways)
Not a loop trail – hikers must return along the same trail or via park roads.  Easy, gentle grade; follows bed of Mann's Creek Railway that connected Clifftop with Sewell until its closure in 1956.  Railroad ties, telegraph poles, and other remnants of the old railway are still evident.  Trailheads: service road between campground and economy cabins and on Sewell Road approximately .75 mile below Cabin 13.  Mountain bikes permitted but be prepared to carry your bike around several difficult sections of the trail.

NORTH SLOPE TRAIL

Distance: .5 mile (one way).
Blaze: Orange Diamond
Walking Time: 45 minutes - 1 hour
Trailhead is shared with Narrow Gauge Trail and is located next to Mann's Creek Bridge on service road.  First half of trail from trailhead is level and follows Mann's Creek. Second half of trail is VERY steep and a difficult climb connecting to the Ridge Top Trail.

OLD POND TRAIL

Distance: 1.5 miles (one way).
Blaze: Blue Diamond
Walking Time: 1.5 - 2 hours
Trailhead is at parking lot for the Natural Arch or at the gate before the intersection to the Mann's Creek overlook. Trail is moderately difficult with some uphill sections from either starting point.

RIDGE TOP TRAIL

Distance: 2 miles (one way).
Blaze: Green Diamond
Walking Time: 2 – 2.5 hours
Trailhead across from Short Cut Trail or past the Natural Arch parking area on the right, if coming from the main park entrance.  Trail is moderately difficult with some steep uphill sections from either starting point. Trail follows along the crest of a ridge at some of the highest elevations at Babcock State Park.

ROCKY TRAIL

Distance: .5 mile
Blaze: White Diamond
Walking Time: 15 minutes
This short, steep, difficult trail connects Skyline Trail with Narrow Gauge Trail.  Rocky Trial is primarily a stone staircase that was constructed by the C.C.C. boys in the 1930s.  Much easier walking downhill from Skyline.

SHORT CUT TRAIL

Distance: 300 yards
Blaze: Red Diamond
Walking Time: 15 minutes
Trailhead is shared with Ridge Top Trail parking along Mann's Creek road.
Trail is moderately difficult and has a fairly steep downhill section connecting to the Old Pond Trail.

SKYLINE TRAIL

Distance: 2 miles
Blaze: Yellow Diamond
Walking Time: 1.25 hours (one way) to 2.25 hours (both ways)
Not a loop trail – Trailheads:  Mann's Creek overlook in picnic area and across road from Cabin 5.  Hikers must return along same trail or via park roads.  Moderate to difficult, follow natural cliff line; spectacular vistas. High cliff area – Watch your children carefully.

TRIPLE CREEK TRAIL

Distance: 1 mile
Blaze: Orange Diamond
Walking Time: 1 hour
Trail begins at swimming pool parking lot and connects to Wilderness Trail.  Moderate to difficult. Trail features three creek crossings.

TWIN HOLLOW TRAIL

Distance: .5 mile (one way).
Blaze: Red Diamond
Walking Time: 30 - 45 minutes
Trailhead located at the gate before the Mann's Creek intersection.
Trail follows a beautiful hollow on the west side of the service road and main park road. Trail is moderately difficult with a few steep sections.

WILDERNESS TRAIL

Distance: 1.5 miles each way – 3 miles total.
Blaze: Yellow Diamond

Walking Time: 2 – 3 hours
Dead end trail – trail connects with Triple Creek Trail. Trailhead at sharp curve on Boley Lake Road.  Trail moderate, mostely level, remote. 

Message to Mountain Bikers:
Bicycles are welcome on all paved or graveled park roads, including the service road between the campground and economy cabins. Bicycles are also welcome on the Narrow Gauge trail, although bikers must be prepared to carry their bikes around several short, difficult stretches of this trail.
Bikes are NOT permitted on Island-In-The-Sky, Lake View, Mann's Creek Gorge, Mountain Heath, Rocky and Skyline Trails.

Message to Cross-Country Skiers
Several trails and roads are suitable for cross-country skiing although none are maintained strictly for that purpose.  Since the park's facilities close on October 31, most of the park roads are gated after that date and provide the best skiing opportunities on the park. 

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