Cranberry Mountain Nature Center

Area Status: Open
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Cranberry Mountain Nature Center

Come visit Cranberry Mountain Nature Center this season, we have many fun events planned! Excuse our dust as we are upgrading a nature trail, constructing a picnic pavilion and updating a few displays. Watch this site for an events calendar or call the center at 304-653-4826.

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. The center also features a native plant garden, a nature trail, and many events geared toward children. While visiting the nature center, take a few minutes to walk the interpretive trail around the grounds. Signs will point out tree species and 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.

Contact Information

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. Contact Cranberry Mountain Nature Center Director Diana Stull at

For information outside of normal business hours, call the Gauley Ranger District office.

Popular Activities

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 annual event is the Cranberry Shindig, which is a celebration of Appalachian culture. The Shindig is held each year the last Sunday in September.

Additional Area Information

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: Thursdays through Mondays (closed Tuesdays/Wednesdays), 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through the open season.
Rentals & Guides: Special programs and guided tours can be arranged.
Open Season: Mid-April - mid-October
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.
Operated By: Forest Service

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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