A few weekends ago, we went on a little getaway vacation to Coopers Rock State Park in Bruceton Mills, WV. I was mainly excited for the cabin in which we were staying and the hot tub it advertised on the back deck. Never did I imagine how cool the park would be. More about that later.
So, we got to the cabin after navigating the
Grand Canyon road back to the place. The cabin itself was nice and did in fact have a hot tub. The kids jumped right in as Emily and I unpacked and prepared for supper. I am not sure why, but the power went out and we were without water or AC. When you are not prepared, both are pretty important. Anyhow, several hours later, it came back on and all was well…even the well. We could shower and do dishes, etc.
On Saturday morning, we gorged on cheap powdered sugar donuts and Doritos then headed to Coopers Rock (it seems like there should be an apostrophe in there but there isn’t). Little did we know, but there was a celebration of the anniversary of the founding of the park. The place was teeming with things to do as all sorts of groups offered nature talks, projects, and hikes.
The kids built cool birdhouses and painted rocks. We played on the play ground (where I tried my best to dislocate my shoulder). We saw rescued birds of prey from the West Virginia Raptor Rescue Center and even got to touch a red tailed hawk who was very friendly. It turns out, she was essentially raised in captivity so was not bothered by people. The other rescued hawk and owl were not so friendly. Still, they were awesome!
I think the best part of the park though, was walking the trails under the rocks. We explored some and saw great rock formations. The kids and I walked into a cave/tunnel and went all “Dora the Explorer”. Abigail fell in the dirt and got muddy. It was perfect and cool and a great time to be together as a family.
If you ever pass through the northern part of WV, stop in at Coopers Rock. Its views are breathtaking and there is all sorts of fun to be had there. It turns out that the hot tub was very popular, but it paled in comparison (for me at least) to the beauty of our state, just as it is!