Roof Cows, Rust and Donkeys at Cool Springs Park

Roof Cows, Rust and Donkeys at Cool Springs Park

The very first time that I ever saw any reference to the Cool Springs Park store on Rt 50 in West Virginia was on Kathy’s blog – Appalachian Tours.

I had no conscious intention of visiting, it just happened to be on the route we were following for the day. When we pulled into the lot and I saw the cow on the roof, I thought, “Heeeeey, I know this place!” So thanks, Kathy!

Cool Springs Park Roof Cow

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Cool Springs Park is near a sweet set of switchbacks, there is a cow on the roof and what I didn’t know was that there are far more interesting things that this place holds in its bosom.

Cool Springs Park

bear traps at cool springs parkAs you might imagine judging by the laundry list of items that are posted on their sign outside, they sell a loooot of interesting wares. It’s the kind of place that will make your husband say “Oh, no” when you pull up.

Their shelves were a haphazard hodgepodge of stuff piled up everywhere. It was no surprise to find that they held typical fare like magnets, rubber sharks, t-shirts, ceramic chickens,… bear traps. Natch.

Just like your local 7-11, right?

Outside behind the building they had some old machinery contraptions like mining equipment, tractors, small steam engines, antique cars that were returning to the Earth in the form of rust flakes.

Kenny on the tractor
Kenny considers a new line of work. ::beep:beep::

But the absolute BEST part of our stop there – donkeys. Yes, two crazy cute, scruffy heehaws.

donkey at cool springs park

This one in particular took a shine to me. When I walked away after giving it some love it got up and followed me, leaning hard in to me begging for more scratchins.

donkey at cool springs park

I kind of loved this donkey a little too much. I wished I could’ve taken it home.

Wouldn’t it look cute wearing a helmet and goggles on the back of my bike?

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13 Replies to “Roof Cows, Rust and Donkeys at Cool Springs Park”

  1. Thanks for the shout-out. I can’t believe I missed the donkeys. Of course, we haven’t been there for a few years. Did you continue east on 50 and cross Cheat Mountain? VERY cool twisties. Or did you go up through Rowblesburg?

    1. I haven’t the slightest which towns we were in because everything just zipped by in a blur. We actually came from the east and kept on going west past Cool Springs Park.

      The only town name I remember was west of there – Grafton. I remember it because there is BEAUTIFUL Mail Pouch wall ad which I stopped for. The fellas had the hammer down so I was just hanging on 🙂

  2. Donkeys are sooooo cute. Even better when they come to you and you carefully scratch the inside of one ear. Just put one finger on the inside, like the index finger so that the back of the finger is towards the inside of the ear, thumb outside, and carefully start scratching … what you’ll see is the look of total pleasure and a dropped lower lip … super funny and cute. Love donkeys!

      1. Yeah … I just like donkeys. Great animals. And so susceptible for affection and kind handling. They certainly have their own will but are easy to make friends with.

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