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.
Visitors' favorite event is the Cranberry Shindig, which is a celebration of Appalachian culture. This year's Shindig will be held Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Other events planned for this fall include a Wildflower Day on Saturday, September 13 and a guided fall color hike on Cowpasture Trail on October 4. The center also features a nature store, a native plant garden, a nature trail, and many events geared toward children.
At a Glance
The center opens for the 2014 on Thursday, April 10, and will remain open through Saturday, October 18.Hours of operation are: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, open 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays). For information about the nature center, its events or programs, please call 304-653-4826 during business hours, or call the Gauley District office Monday-Friday at 304-846-2695.
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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.
||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.