FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WVNS) – At Babcock State Park in Fayette County, visitors can now sit in the Almost Heaven Swing and pose for a photo or just enjoy the swing and the breeze.
The swing is located near the Glade Creek Gristmill. It’s one of nine “larger-than-life” swings the West Virginia Department of Tourism and Gov. Jim Justice added this weekend to nine scenic spots across the state.
Students at the Nicholas County Career and Technical Center built the oversized wooden swing sets. Work crews sited them in front of stunning views of West Virginia.
Local tourism officials say visitors to Babcock have posed for photos in the swing which sits in front of the flour mill. They seemed charmed by the swing and the idea of sharing photos on Instagram.
“They chose these locations based on where people take the most photos,” said Lisa Strader, director of Visit Southern West Virginia.
Strader and those from New River Visitors and Convention Bureau threw a party to celebrate the 159e state “birthday” on Monday. They handed out blue and gold cupcakes and party hats to those who stopped by their tent and sat on the swing.
“We all know it’s a beautiful place and gets a lot of photography,” Strader said of the flour mill.