You asked for a trail race that was shorter than the Gristmill Grinder… and we listened.


Building on the success of the Gristmill Grinder 1/2 Marathon, West Virginia’s most scenic trail run, The Sticks & Stones Trail Run is a point to point 15k trail race that traverses the ridges and gorges of Babcock State Park…. with a slightly gentler route.

This race will immerse you in history and the awe inspiring vistas of the New River Gorge. Descend an old narrow gauge railroad grade flanking a creek gorge? Check. Pass a functioning historic gristmill? Yep. Challenge you with the most beautiful trails you’ll ever hate? Uh huh. It’s not easy, (hey, it’s a trail race) but trust us, it’s worth it.

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Ready to register? Yeah… we know you are. Lace’em & race’em.

REGISTER Sign up online at and pay with a credit card. WARNING! Slots will fill quickly and registration is on a first paid, first-served basis.

2023 Online Registration

Early Bird May 12th-15th of $40
May 15th-31st of $45
June 1st – Oct 10th of $55.

Our cap is 200 runners so – Ready Set Go!!

Course Description & Race Details

A 15k trail race with jaw-dropping views

October 14th, 2023

Babcock State Park,
West Virginia

COURSE DESCRIPTION    The course is a point to point run… starting at Historic Camp Washington Carver runners will take the Mann’s Gorge Overlook Trail to the Narrow Gauge Trail, up Sewell Rd to the Gristmill then over the river and thru the woods (couldn’t resist) on the Skyline Trail to the FINISH at Mann’s Creek Picnic Area!! The finish area is complete with a picnic shelter, tennis court, volleyball net, playground for little ones, bathhouse and an amazing view!

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