Cranberry Mountain Nature Center


Cranberry Mountain Nature Center

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).

Visitors' favorite event is the Cranberry Shindig, which is a celebration of Appalachian culture. The Shindig is held the last Sunday in September, and is scheduled for Sunday, September 24 in 2017. 

The center also features a native plant garden, a nature trail, and many events geared toward children.

The center will close for the winter on Sunday, October 16, 2016. It will reopen in mid-April in 2017.

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.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: The nature center is open Thursdays through Mondays (closed Tuesdays/Wednesdays) from mid-April until mid-October each year. The nature center will open for the 2016 season on April 11 and will close for the winter on October 16.. For information outside of normal business hours, call the Gauley Ranger District office Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 304-846-2695, ext. 0 or email Cranberry Mountain Nature Center Director, Diana Stull, at
Rentals & Guides: Special programs and guided tours can be arranged. While visiting the nature center, take a few minutes to walk the interpretive trail around the grounds. The signs will point out tree species, give facts on many uses of the trees. There is a beautiful overlook where you enjoy a picnic lunch and view the sites from Stamping Creek, just down the mountain, to the mountains of Virginia in the distance.
Closest Towns: Hillsboro, WV (7 miles to the east); Richwood, WV (22 miles to the west); Marlinton, WV (16 miles to the east)  
Water: Drinking fountain.
Restroom: Full-service restrooms.
Passes: America the Beautiful passes are available during regular hours of operation.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: For information on the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center, its events, programs or other information, contact the Nature Center at (304) 653-4826 during operating hours or the Gauley Ranger District office (304) 846-2695, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

General Information


Located at the junction of Route 150 and Route 39/55, 16 miles from Marlinton and 22 miles from Richwood.

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