Babcock State Park, Sewell, WV

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    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.
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    Some cabins in the park to rent.
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    Foot bridge across Mann's Creek.
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    Some parts of the tracks remain
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    Looks like part of the steam locomotive.
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    At Sewell, WV
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    Building foundation.
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    Another foundation
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    Remains of the old Mining Office
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    What's left of the Mine Office Vault.
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    The engine house where they worked on the locomotives.
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    The coke ovens
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    Close up of coke oven
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    200 years ago a ferry was here to get people across the New River
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    New River Gorge
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    Shaerks Terrashark
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    Bear or Sasquatch maybe
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    Photos not working for me.
     
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    They are from Google Photos.
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    I re-added them.
     
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    Looks like a fun time. I would like to explore there... Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Cool place man, thanks for sharing.
     
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    nice outing. would love to take a metal detector around the foundations as they're old as hell
     
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    Wow. That place is a dream for learning history! Amazing is is all still standing!
     
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    Today I went back to Babcock State Park to do some little trails I didn't get to do last time.
    There was some drizzle and mist/fog, 40 Deg. Made a good Silent Hill vibe. Some people were there looking at the old Mill and fishing, but I didn't see anyone else on the trails. I did 4 miles.

    The old Grist Mill
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    Pump House #1
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    Natural Arch Trail
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    Stone Steps
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    Looked like a Spring coming out of the mountain
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    Swinging Bridge - Had some bounce to it.
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    Lots of rain lately
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    Looking back towards the Spring and Stone Steps
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    Cabin #13 - Supposed to be Haunted. In 1996, a Preacher, allegedly, killed his Wife there.
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    Good thing I don't have Kids - Could have turned out bad.
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    The Trail
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    Some Ladder/Steps to help climb the Rocks.
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    Nice Shelter at the Overlook.
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    Not much to see tho.
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    I had Lunch in the Shelter. Add water and the element heats of the food. You can see some Steam coming out of the top.
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    Babcock Lake - With Creepy Silent Hill Mist.
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    Beautiful are man, thanks for sharing. The grist mill is too cool. There's one that looks similar at New Salem State Park here in Illinois.
     

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