The Cranberry Mountain Nature Center has many interesting features that appeal to visitors of all ages and backgrounds, including an exhibit hall, auditorium, events and programs. One of the most popular features is the live snake display and program. Live snake shows are held most Sundays at 1 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend to early October. Following the snake show is a guided tour of Cranberry Glades at 2:30 p.m. Cranberry Mountain Nature Center is open, hours for 2016 season are: Thursdays through Mondays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed Tuesdays/Wednesdays). We have many events planned for this season, including a summer music series. Click here for a schedule of events.
Our next event, Mushroom ID presentation and tour. by Ken Springer, will be held on Saturday, July 16 at 10 a.m. No registration necessary.
Saturday, July 23 is Cranberry Fun Day at the nature center. We have events for kids of all ages starting at 11 a.m. There will be live snake shows at 11:30 and 12:30, a birthday party for Smokey Bear at 1:30 and fun activities during this period. From 2 to 4 p.m., a group of young musicians, The Young and Restless Pickers, will be performing on the lawn.
Visitors' favorite event is the Cranberry Shindig, which is a celebration of Appalachian culture. In 2016, the Shindig will be held Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.. The center also features a nature store, a native plant garden, a nature trail, and many events geared toward children.
For information about all the exciting opportunities in the local area, check out the Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Also check out the Richwood Area Chamber of Commerce for activities in nearby Nicholas County.
Encompassing 100,000 acres, the scenic Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area (NRA) contains the highest peak in West Virginia, some of the best rock climbing on the east coast, outstanding views and a chance to enjoy America's great outdoors.
Congress established the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area in 1965. This area is unique because it was the first NRA to be designated in the USDA Forest Service. Read full article...
The Highland Scenic Highway, a designated National Scenic Byway, is a beautiful corridor through the National Forest. This Byway extends 43 miles from Richwood to US Route 219. It has four developed scenic overlooks. Each site provides a comfortable rest stop, with a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The Highway traverses the mountainous terrain of the Allegheny Highlands and Plateau, and rises from Richwood, elevation 2,325 feet, to over 4,500 feet along the Parkway.
The Highway is a paved two-lane road, designated as State Routes 39 and 150. Rt. 150 is a 23-mile Parkway section that is not maintained in the winter. Travel is discouraged on Rt. 150 between November and March, sometimes April. The road travels from Richwood, WV to US Highway 219, north of Marlinton, WV. Speed limits are 55 mph for the State Route 39/55 section and 45 mph for the Parkway section. Commercial truck traffic is not allowed on the Parkway.
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The Seneca Rocks Discovery Center is located at the base of Seneca Rocks. It has an outstanding and majestic view of the vertical wall of Seneca Rocks dominating the scene. Read full article...
Tucked away in a narrow gorge just off the Highland Scenic Highway is a hidden treasure known as the Falls of Hills Creek Scenic Area. This popular 114 acre area contains three waterfalls - 25 feet, 45 feet, and 63 feet. The lower falls, at 63 feet is the second highest waterfall in West Virginia.
The Cranberry Glades Botanical Area 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. Read full article...