Cranberry Glades Botanical Area

The Cranberry Glades Botanical Area, located in the Monongahela National Forest, protects the largest area of bogs in West Virginia. Bogs are acidic wetlands more commonly found in the northern areas of this country and in Canada. The ground in a bog is spongy and consists largely of partially-decayed plant material known as peat. Because of its unique conditions, some unusual plants grow in bogs, including carnivorous or insect-eating plants. The Botanical Area encompasses 750 acres and features a half mile accessible observation boardwalk.

quick facts:

  • half mile accessible boardwalk
  • Largest area of bogs in West Virginia
  • Over 60 plant species
  • Over 60 miles of trails adjacent and near Glades
  • School field trips and motor coach group tours available
  • Nature programs seasonally