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The bridge replacement at Babcock State Park is complete and the park is open for the 2013 season.

The structure, which was rebuilt during the closed season last winter, spans Glade Creek of Manns near the much-photographed Glade Creek Grist Mill at the park. The bridge provides vehicular and foot traffic access to the majority of facilities at this Fayette County destination, including rental cabins, Glade Creek Grist Mill, Boley Lake, swimming pool, and the entire Sugar Camp Run Picnic Area.

Babcock State Park superintendent Clinton Cochran expressed his gratitude to the West Virginia Division of Highways for on-time completion.

"Having this work completed prior to our spring vacation season opening is wonderful for us and for the thousand s of visitors who enjoy the park each year," Cochran said.

Babcock's cabin and campground rentals resumed April 12.

Cochran also compliments anglers who understood the need for delay in trout stocking this spring in order to have a safe construction zone at the bridge site where stocking generally occurs.

For the trout stocking schedule of Glade Creek and sites in Fayette County, see the WVDNR website
www.wvdnr.gov. West Virginia fishing licenses and associated stamps may be purchased online at
www.wvfish.com or at a local licensed retailer.

Babcock State Park is best known for the iconic mill scene and Civilian Conservation Corps-built vacation cabins. A live webcam features the mill in real time and is viewable at www.babcocksp.com.