This weekend I went to Babcock State Park, then hiked down the old railway to the old coal town of Sewell, WV. The railway followed Mann's Creek down to the New River. The town was in operation from 1886 to 1956. Trains would haul coal from the mines on top of the mountain, to the coke ovens along the river. Then ship the coke on trains to the iron furnaces. My route was about 14 miles, in 5 hours. Weather was in the 30's and Snow flurries. The old mill in Babcock State Park. One of the most photographed spots in WV. Some cabins in the park to rent. Foot bridge across Mann's Creek. Some parts of the tracks remain Looks like part of the steam locomotive. At Sewell, WV Building foundation.