Babcock State Park - 1
Glade Creek Grist Mill
Babcock State Park
New River Gorge National River
I know. I know. Everybody and their aunt has a photograph of the Glade Creek Grist Mill in West Virginia’s Babcock State Park, but being that I’ve shot here once and that was way back in 2009, I was really wanting to spend some time with this beautiful scenic structure. We had spent the morning shooting at Mill Creek and eventually harsh sunlight ran us off. We were a bit surprised because our weather app was saying there was an 85% cloud cover and there was barely a cloud in the sky. After some discussion we decided to head over to Babcock to see if there was better conditions. As soon as we topped out on US 60 it was quite apparent we were sitting under the only hole in the cloud shelf and as we made our way to the park we found ourselves back under a blanket of even light.
Constructed in 1976 of pieces of 3 mills which were located across the state of West Virginia, the Glade Creek Grist Mill it is fully operational and is a recreation of Cooper Mill which stood nearby many, many years ago. For those of you who don’t know about the popularity of this place, in the fall, a line of photographers 5 deep will line up along the road downstream from the mill to capture their own iconic image of it. On this day we visited on a Friday and there weren’t many folks around, which is nice. From my understanding weekends can be ridiculous and if you’re a photographer wanting get some shots without any people in it, it can be quite the challenge. Lucky for us it was Friday and only a handful of folks had been through over the couple hours we spent here. I got a lot of shots here I really do enjoy so this won’t be the last shot of this place you’ll see from me.