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Things to Do

Visitors to Babcock appreciate the wide variety of recreational facilities maintained at the park for fun and enjoyment.  From hiking trails to paddleboats, there is something to suit most every taste.

Game Courts

  • horseshoe pits
  • volleyball court
  • tennis court
  • basketball court

*A nominal fee is charged for all recreational facilities. These are open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

paddle boats at boley lake at babcockLake and Boating

Paddleboats, rowboats, and canoes are available for rent at the marina at the 19-acre Boley Lake where good fishing abounds.


Babcock State Park’s swimming pool opens Memorial Weekend through Labor Day from 10:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. except on Monday and Tuesday.  From May 29 – June 15 and August 10 - 31, the pool is closed from Monday-Friday and is open on weekends, Saturday and Sunday only.

Fishing = Fun

Fishing is available in the park's cool rushing stream.  For WV fishing license purchase go online,

Hiking Trails

Babcock has over 20 miles of trails.  The scenic overlooks are wonderful.
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Horseback Riding

Horseback riding and pony rides for children are available at different times and lengths throughout the summer season. 

Montgomery’s Outdoor Adventures is the horse stable operators at Babcock State Park.  Learn more

Summer Naturalist & Programs

The summer park naturalist conducts nature tours, slide and movie presentations, special sport activities and get-togethers.  You can also take part with young and old park visitors alike in nature interpretation programs and learn about the trees, ferns, wildflowers, and wildlife of the park.

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View Traveling West Virginia – featuring Babcock The Traveling WV Video features the Glade Creek Grist Mill at Babcock State Park. Large file - high speed access   Small File - 56K internet access

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