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. In 2015, the Shindig will be held Sunday, September 27, 2015 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.
At a Glance
The nature center closed for the winter on Saturday, October 18. We will reopen mid-April 2015. Nature center merchandise is available through the winter at the Gauley District office. If you need information while the nature center is closed, or wish to order merchandise, please call or stop in at the Gauley District office office Monday-Friday, 8 to 4:30 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.