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. In 2016, the Shindig will be held Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Juanita Fireball and the Continental Drifters will provide the music, and Appalachian Country Cloggers will be performing also. There will be over 40 crafters and demonstrators, as well as food. All merchandise in the nature store will be on sale at 20% off on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Shindig weekend.
The center also features 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.
At a Glance
||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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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||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.
||Hillsboro, WV (7 miles to the east); Richwood, WV (22 miles to the west); Marlinton, WV (16 miles to the east)
||America the Beautiful passes are available during regular hours of operation.
||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.
Located at the junction of Route 150 and Route 39/55, 16 miles from Marlinton and 22 miles from Richwood.