Boardwalk Repairs Continue at the Cranberry Glades Botanical Area on Monongahela National Forest

Contact(s): Kelly Bridges, Public Affairs Officer

RICHWOOD, W.Va., September 1, 2020 – Staff on the Gauley District of Monongahela National Forest have been working this summer on repairs to a 680-foot section of the boardwalk at the Cranberry Glades Botanical Area. The repairs include re-connecting and raising sections of the boardwalk, and fixing uneven walkways.

“These repairs will ensure that visitors can continue to safely enjoy the beauty of the Cranberry Glades Botanical Area,” said District Ranger Richard Raione. “The Glades are very popular with the public, and providing access while protecting this sensitive ecosystem is crucial. I’m proud of our staff for the work they have done on the boardwalk.”

Before and after pic of a rpaired boardwalk shows signifcant progress in flatness and durability.

: A before and after photo of a portion of boardwalk at the Cranberry Glades Botanical Area.

The project was started in 2019 with help from the Gauley District Youth Conservation Corps and the residential Youth Conservation Crew, and continued in 2020 by the district’s trail crew. These repairs are expected to be wrapped up by late September.

The public is asked to stay on the boardwalk at all times when visiting the Glades, and obey all caution signs. This will protect the fragile ecosytem and also prevent wet feet. The area is home to beavers and gets lots of rain, which is common in wetland areas.

The Cranberry Glades Botanical Area is a designated National Landmark. At 750 acres, these are the largest acidic wetlands in West Virginia. The area includes four bogs that are home to plant and animal species similar to those found in more northern climates and glaciated landscapes. The Glades are also the headwaters for the Cranberry River and are adjacent to the Cranberry Wilderness.

Cranberry Glades is located 18 miles west of Marlinton and 21 miles east of Richwood at the intersection of Routes 39/55 and Forest Road 102. For more information call the Gauley Ranger District at (304) 846-2695.