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Cranberry Glades: A unique ecosystem

June 28, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

The Cranberry Glades is the largest area of bogs, or acidic wetlands, in West Virginia, offering a unique and exotic ecosystem on 750 acres. This spectacular and beautiful area was established by the United States Forest Service in 1965, to protect and preserve more than 60 unique plant species, many of them descended from seeds that took root here more than 10,000 years ago.

Keep a watchful eye as you walk through the area and you might spy some of these wild animals: American black bear, West Virginia northern flying squirrel, red-tailed hawk, American bald eagle and more.

As you walk along the boardwalk, you might see some of these plants: bishop's cap, jewelweed, false hellebore, sundew, grass pink orchid and the pitcher plant.

The wheelchair-accessible boardwalk is available for self-guided tours. Guided tours must be scheduled in advance.

Perched nearby on the edge of Cranberry Mountain in the Monongahela National Forest on Route 39/55 is the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center. Operated by the U.S. Forest Service, the Nature Center features live programs on birds of prey as well as poisonous and nonpoisonous snakes of West Virginia. An exhibit hall and audio visual programs provide interpretation of forest ecosystems and history.

More information is available at 304-653-4826.

 
 

 

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