Cranberry Glades
Near Richwood, Cranberry Glades Bogs is within The Cranberry Wilderness Area.  ( Boardwalk )  Attractions Near Richwood!
Cranberry Glades
Submitted by: Judy and Billybob
The Cranberry Glades Botanical Area protects the largest area of bogs in West Virginia. Bogs are acidic wetlands more commonly found in the northern tundra of United States and in Canada.
Cranberry Glades Botanical
Submitted by: Judy and Billybob
The Cranberry Glades Botanical Area offer a close up look at a northern tundra peat bogs. Their are three rare carnivorous ( insect-eating species ) of plants plus many more rare plants more common to the northern tundra of United States and Canada in this high mountain wilderness

Cranberry Glades Botanical

Is a place where a wide variety and unusual plants continues to grow and the Cranbery Glades consists of four bogs whose plant and animal life is similar to that found in the bogs or "muskegs" of the north.
The ground in a bog is spongy and consists largely of partially-decayed plant material known as peat. The Botanical Area encompasses 750 acres.
For Some visitors the bowl-shaped valley of Cranberry Glades and vicinity, is a bird-watcher's and nature-lover's paradise, where you can go on a bird behavior walk and learn about bird behavior and nesting habits or you can do bird photography. Birds include Northern Harrier, Black-Throated Blue Warbler,Louisiana Waterthrush, Swainson's, Black-Throated Green,Hermit Thrushes,Wood Thrush, Chestnut-Sided Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, Veery, Cerulean Warbler and Red Crossbill, Nashville and Mourning Warblers and the Purple Fincha and etc.
Also often seen are Black Bear. The largest of the Cranberry Glades and vicinity carnivores, the Black Bear is found in and around the Cranberry Glades,Backcountry and the Wilderness Areas. There are an estimated 8,000 individuals Black bears in West Virginia, range in color from blonde to black, with cinnamon brown being the most common color. If you are lucky enough to see a bear, remember that West Virginia bears are wild. Please do not approach them and never give them food.
The Glades are most colorful from late June to the first frost. In late June or early July the rhododendrons colorful display peaks. Colorful wildflowers and cotton grass present vivid contrast and they are most noticeable in early summer. Spectacular leaf color in Fall and the deep wine-red and brilliant orange, of the sphagnum hummocks make the autumn a favorite time for many visitors and residents alike.

Guided tours are conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer months or can be specially arranged by contacting the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center.

Directions: Access to the Cranberry Glades Botanical Area is from Route 39/150 just north of the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center. From Route 150 take Forest Service Road 102 north approximately one mile.
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Information is available during the summer months at the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center at (304)653-4826 and during the winter months at the Gauley Ranger District at (304)846-2695

Closest Town: Richwood, West Virginia.
If you think you have seen a mountain lion, or cougar in Cranberry Glades and vicinity, you are not alone.


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Cranberry Glades Botanical,Cranberry Wilderness and Backcountry is a great escape from the city. Attractions Near Richwood!

Some of America's Most Scenic Natural Treasures is the Monongahela National Forest and the Mountains surrounding Nicholas County and the Cranberry Glades and vicinity.
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