Our Spring run at Babcock, the Gristmill Grinder has become such a favorite we decided that it was time to introduce a Fall run- the Sticks and Stones 15K! This course too is already a classic. Starting at the historic Camp Washington Carver runners will run into the park and along the rim of the Mann's Creek Gorge before dropping down into the deep canyon. We have added another 2.2 miles of trail to the big loop from the Grinder course and have taken away a mile of road. This leaves you with 9 miles of trail that is so spectacular, it may leave you breathless. Enjoy the beautiful fall colors, rhododendron tunnels, waterfalls, cliffs, bridges and always amazing scenery. The only road section on this course is as you run up to the famous Gristmill and then turn left toward Skyline and the Finish.
So, what are you waiting for? Reserve your spot today- this run will have a smaller cap than the Grinder, only 200 slots, and fill quickly. Babcock in the Fall is Almost Heaven! See you in October--
Event details and schedule
Sticks and Stones 15K Event Schedule
Friday evening in Fayetteville, WV area, location TBA, 5:30-6:30pm
Saturday morning at the Finish Line are, Mann's Creek Picnic Area from 8-9:15am
Directions to Finish area:
Enter Babcock State Park from Route 41 at the main entrance. Immediately turn right toward Mann's Creek Picnic Area (there will be signs). Once at the picnic area, there will be plenty of parking below the picnic area on the right. This area has many resources, tennis court, volleyball net, picnic shelter, playground for the little ones, restrooms AND an amazing overlook at the finish!
This is a point to point race. We will be shuttling runners to the start area at 9:30 . Race will start at 10:30. The shuttle from the finish up to the start is about a 10 minute ride.
This is fall in the mountains! Along with beautiful changing leaves you can also expect cool weather. Actually the average weather in October here can be anything so keep an eye on forecasts and pack accordingly. We will update you as we are close to the day.
Lodging and more info:
Lodging is available at the park with cabins and camping. There are many other options as well in the area. For more info go to our site, we have links to some of our recommended partners.