The grist mill in Babcock State Park is one of West Virginia’s most scenic settings. At the advent of the 20th century West Virginia had over 500 such grist mills dotting the countryside. This mill is a recreation formed by combining the parts from three active mills in the state. The structure came from the Stoney Creek Grist Mill that was built in Pocahontas County in 1890.
Babcock State Park was originally built as a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) project in the 1930s, and was one of four such projects in the state. The CCC built 13 log and 13 board-and-batton cabins, which can still be rented today. The park was opened on July 1, 1937.
This is a fully functioning mill – when waters are high enough – and visitors can buy the ground corn in the visitor center across the stream.