Cranberry Glades/Nature Center

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 

304.653.4826

Perched 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.

An exhibit hall and audio visual programs provide interpretation of forest ecosystems and local history.  Noted guest speakers often visit with programs on wildlife, Indian folk lore, and forest conservation.

Visitors' favorite event is the Cranberry Shindig, which is a celebration of Appalachian culture. The Cranberry Mountain Nature Center hosts the Shindig every September. 

You will find nature books for sale as well as informational brochures and maps.  Thousands of people visit the Center each year from April through October to learn about the area.

Contact Cranberry Glades/Nature Center

Address

932 North Fork Cherry Road
Richwood
WV
26261

Phone

304-653-4826

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Directions

from Mill Point, go west on State Rt 39/55 for 5.5 miles, Nature Center on left side.

GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude : 38.19810N
Longitude: -80.27518W

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