Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cool Springs Park

Hubby and I had an amazing Fourth of July weekend. It was the kind of weekend that reaffirmed our decision to build the WV place.

He mapped out an amazing Saturday ride for us. We had picture-perfect weather. The first leg took us west from Romney on Route 50 to Grafton, WV. An approximately 90-mile ride with sweeping curves, crazy switchbacks, 3,000+ foot mountains… Get the picture? A perfect motorcycle road.

About 20 miles east of Grafton, we stopped at quirky Cool Springs Park. It’s one of those weird, “only in America” roadside attractions. It's right on US-50, southwest of Rowlesburg, West Virginia.

Next time, we’ll have to linger a bit. We were both anxious to get back on the road.

When we hit Grafton, we turned south toward Tygart Lake State Park, where we’d planned on stopping to enjoy our picnic lunch.

I never knew there was such a big, beautiful lake in West Virginia.

Speaking of not knowing stuff... I had no idea that ten of West Virginia's state parks and forests operate major lodges and hotels. Every lodge features restaurant(s), conference and meeting facilities, and a variety of other amenities and are open year-round.

Tygart Lake State Park is one of the parks with lodges. We didn't see it during our visit, but we did ride through the cabin area and, I gotta say, it was lovely.

After leaving there, we meandered through the mountainous countryside on some very cool, scenic back roads that were sometimes more farm lane than road, but the scenery was gorgeous.

Do yourself a favor and check out the WV State Parks web site for more information. There are campsites, too. But there are also almost 20 state parks with cabins/cottages available for rent. The prices are typically pretty reasonable, too.

1 comment:

Fuzzygalore said...

You should send your cow on the roof to! It's perfect.

Gotta love those places you can buy nightcrawlers, a scarecrow and a 5lb brick of peanut brittle :)

Another great post~