It's the turn of the decade! Time to explore the outdoor adventure that awaits in Nature's Mountain Playground in Pocahontas County, WV!
Walk the half-mile boardwalk and explore the unique plant species that surround the Cranberry Glades Boardwalk. Stop in and experience the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center, where you can learn more about what makes the area similar to bogs located in areas of the Northern Tundra.
Whether you are looking at an individual fuchsia-colored Wild Orchid or taking in the beauty of the bog plains, there is a special tranquility found only here.
The Glade’s fascinating sphagnum bogs are similar to that found in “Muskegs” of the Artic Tundra. When you first enter the area, you will notice Red Spruce, hemlock and Yellow Birch trees.
Along the left side of the boardwalk you may see a tree that has fallen over. The shallow roots so necessary for survival here do not adequately anchor trees against strong winds. Thus, the very adaptation which allows these trees to live here can also cause their death.
Carnivorous or insect-eating plants also make their home in the bogs. The half-mile boardwalk was constructed so you can enjoy the area without disturbing this fragile community.
Keep a watchful eye as you walk through the area and you might spy some of these wild animals: American Black Bear, WV Northern Flying Squirrel, Red-tailed Hawk, American Bald Eagle, Red Fox, coyote, White-tailed Deer, Cooper Hawk, and Eastern Screech-Owl.
As you walk along the boardwalk, you might see some of these plants: Bishop’s Cap, Jewelweed, False Hellebore, Indian Pipe, Turtlehead, Wild Raisin, Sundew, Grass Pink Orchid, and the Pitcher Plant.
The wheelchair accessible boardwalk is available for self guided tours and pre-arranged tours made in advance.
Cranberry Mountain Nature Center: Open April - October
Cranberry Glades Boardwalk: Open year round
304.653.4826Perched on the edge of Cranberry Mountain in the Monongahela National Forest on Highway 39/55 is the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center. Operated by the USDA Forest Service, the Nature Center features live programs on poisonous and nonpoisonous snakes of West Virginia.
932 North Fork Cherry RoadRichwoodWV26261
from Mill Point, go west on State Rt 39/55 for 5.5 miles, Nature Center on left side.
Latitude : 38.19810N