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Cass Scenic Railroad – A West Virginia Treasure

By on April 19, 2018

Cass Scenic Railroad

Cass, West Virginia is a quaint little town that is only a ten minute drive from Snowshoe WV. Although this region is best known for it’s winter time skiing, the warmer months have much to offer the visiting tourist. Originally a logging company town for the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company, Cass has managed to preserve the look and feel of an old time neighborhood. Visiting Cass is like stepping back in time.
 
The old company houses have been restored, and they can be rented out as vacation cottages. While staying in town, guests can tour the train depot and museum to better understand this town’s historical charm. The Company Store is a great place to find unique gifts and crafts as well as souvenir items.
 
The hot spot for dining in Cass is The Last Run Restaurant. Housed in one of the town’s oldest buildings, diners have an excellent view of the Greenbrier River and the railroad tracks. The big windows not only offer amazing views, but they let in plenty of natural light. Down home favorites are served with a large variety of desserts and ice cream to finish with.

The main attraction in this cozy little town is Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. Here one can ride a steam-driven locomotive through some of the area’s most beautiful countryside. Located in the West Virginia mountains, this historical trip lets passengers get an up-close view of the wilderness.

Cass Scenic Railroad

Built in 1901, this is the same railroad route used to haul lumber long ago. In fact, the trains themselves are original. The flat bed logging cars have been refurbished into passenger cars for this scenic ride. The highlight of the trip is a stop at Bald Knob. Dress warm. This is West Virginia’s highest point at an altitude of 4,700 feet.
 
For those who want to venture just outside of Cass, there are many more attractions waiting. Five miles away is Snowshoe Mountain Resort. During the winter months guests will discover the best skiing and snowboarding in the area. Promoted as a four seasons’ resort, summer time brings opportunities to golf, zip-line, archery, or go mountain biking. There is also the Handley Wildlife Management Area that has both tent and trailer camping with plenty of fishing and boating on their lake. No matter what your interests, you’ll find plenty for everyone to enjoy.
USA Cycling Snowshoe WV

Mountain Biking in Snowshoe – Downhill Fun!

By on April 3, 2018

snowshoe wv mountain bikingSnowshoe Mountain Biking Park is at the top of its class, offering almost 40 trails, with a total of 1,500 feet of descent among them. Miles of gutsy downhill slopes or smoother, rolling hills are all found in the park. One can choose to take a predominately downhill, or a more cross-country route; it’s up to the rider. Navigate your own ideal mountain biking experience.

The idea of flying down mountain trails may seem daunting to a beginner. For such riders, the park offers guided tours, or private bike lessons, to warm one up to the sport. Experience level is not a factor at Snowshoe; everyone is confident and having a blast by the end of the day!

snowshoe wv mountain bikingRegardless of skill level- seasoned mountain biker, intermediate hobbyist, or thrill-seeker looking for a fun challenge- Snowshoe WV is home to one park that has everything one could look for. Take in the beauty of Pocahontas County from some of its most exciting downhill slopes.

Summer in Snowshoe is one of the most magnificent scenes any artist could portray. Clear mountain air, a beautiful lake, pine trees and prairie grass all meet up to form a breathtaking backdrop for your mountain biking experience, and the well-kept dirt trails add a rugged and athletic touch to its natural beauty.

Mountain Biking is Affordable at Snowshoe WV

snowshoe wv mountain bikingThe rush of mountain biking is affordable and easy in Snowshoe WV. You don’t have to be a mountain bike owner to be a mountain biker! One adult can hit the trail and ride all day on a professional downhill bike for only $149, and bring a child along for just another $59. Bike gear is available to rent for the day, maximizing your ride. Exciting hours of intense, athletic fun doesn’t have to hurt your wallet!

For more information on mountain biking in Snowshoe WV, visit the park’s website. For trail-side lodging at affordable pricing, visit Mountaintop Condos for great deals.

Green Bank Telescope

Green Bank Telescope – NRAO

By on March 4, 2018

Green Bank Telescope

Less than 16 miles and 25 minutes away from Snowshoe WV lies the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank. Hosting a staggering 40,000 visitors each year, the NRAO in Green Bank is host to the largest maneuverable astronomical telescope in the world, the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope. With guided bus tours of the telescopes, a StarLab planetarium, and hands-on activities, the NRAO in Green Bank, WV is an astronomical adventure for guests of all ages.

What is Radio Astronomy?
In order to properly appreciate your visit to the NRAO, you must first have a proper handle on what you are visiting. Radio Astronomy is a branch of astronomy that deals with radio frequencies emitted from celestial objects. The first detection of radio waves from a celestial body was in the 1930s by Karl Jansky. Since that time, many various sources of astronomical radio waves have been discovered including stars, quasars, galaxies, and many more.

What makes Green Bank special?
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia features the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope, the largest maneuverable radio telescope in the world. At 485 feet (148 meters) tall and 17 million pounds (7.7 million kilograms), the GBT is the largest moving object on land. Despite its sizable mass, over the course of a year, it is able to see 85% of the celestial sphere. The GBT receives signals in the staggering range of 3 millimeters (1/8 inch) to 3 meters (9 feet) in wave-length. The Observatory is also used for training for both students and teachers, various public outreach and educational programs, and assorted other scientific research.

So why should you visit?
Green Bank TelescopeFeaturing a science center, tours, gift shop, cafe and special events, the NRAO is scientific fun for the whole family. Begin your visit to the NRAO at the Green Bank Science Center where you experience fascinating science demonstrations; you then head to the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope where your personal tour guide leads you on an up-close and personal view of the world’s largest maneuverable telescope. Following the tour, participate in kid-friendly, interactive exhibits and discover the displays of the exhibit hall. Make your way to the Galaxy Gift Shop where you can find various astronomical souvenirs and gifts to remember your extraordinary experience. Finally, end your visit in the Starlight Cafe where you can feast on assorted fare from deli sandwiches to soft-serve ice cream. If you’re looking for something truly special, participate in one of the many special events hosted throughout the year.

When should you visit?
Summer – Every day from 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM
Fall – Thursday through Monday 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM
Winter and Spring – Thursday through Monday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

How much does it cost?
Tour fees are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, children age 7 to 12 are $3.50, and children age 6 and under are free. There is no charge, however, for exploring the exhibit hall.

Do you have questions? Would you like to schedule a group tour?
Call (304) 456-2150 or visit the Green Bank Science Center on Facebook

Highland Scenic Highway

Highland Scenic Highway is Unspoiled Nature

By on July 28, 2017

Highland Scenic Highway

If the beauty of unspoiled nature is your passion than the Highland Scenic Highway near Snowshoe WV is for you. The Highland Scenic Highway is entirely surrounded by the 19,000-acre Monongahela National Forest. It is 43 miles of natural beauty. This quiet two-lane highway is not spoiled by houses, businesses or any man-made structures. It is God’s country from start to finish. The elevations along the route have scenic views that will take your breath away. You are surrounded by majestic maple, oak and spruce trees as far as the eye can see.

Hike The Majestic Highland Scenic Highway

If you would like to take a walk during your scenic drive you can take Route 39/55 which leads you to the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center. This road is pristine and has many interesting stops along the way. These include a half-mile wooden walkway that penetrates a 750-acre Cranberry Glades Botanical Area surrounded by blogs. This wooden walkway protects the natural ecosystem of the area while adding beauty.

Highland-Scenic-HighwayNature-made waterfalls can also be found. The Falls of Hills Creek is a gorge that holds three waterfalls. The waterfalls were formed from the unstable layering of shale and sandstone which is exposed adding to their beauty. There is a wide range of plant life as well. Hills Creek is known for its beautiful wildflowers that bloom in the spring.

Grab A Pole And Go Fishing

If fishing is your passion, there are prime trout waters in the Williams River at several points along the route. Hunting and hiking are also possible along the Highland Scenic Highway. If you are lucky enough to be able to stay for more than a day there are three designated campground areas where you can stay and enjoy natures unspoiled beauty as long as you would like.

Due to the undisturbed nature of the Highland Scenic Highway it is not advisable to take this route in the wintertime. It is not snow plowed or disturbed in any way so traveling could be treacherous.

Treasure on the Mountain

Treasure on the Mountain Returns to Snowshoe WV

By on July 24, 2017

Treasure On The MountainImagine a place where the beauty of the outdoors meets a vibrant mountain community. Look no further than Snowshoe Mountain Resort in Snowshoe WV. Snowshoe Mountain Resort is “the” destination for adventurers during both summer and winter! Skiing and snowboarding in the winter, as well as ziplining, hiking, and a camp for kids in the summer. Snowshoe also features activities like golf, yoga, mountain biking and an onsite spa.
 
Snowshoe Mountain Resort is also known for its jam-packed event calendar. For the summer, there is an upcoming 5k run, music, and a brewery event. In the midst of this active resort is a giving spirit. The Snowshoe Foundation raises funds for initiatives that support local communities. These funds get distributed by way of scholarships.
 
Treasure on the Mountain is a large summer event that serves to engage visitors and the community alike. The Snowshoe Foundation is holding its annual Treasure on the Mountain raffle on August 5th, 2017.Treasure On The MountainDesigned to benefit Snowshoe WV, proceeds from the raffle will go back into programs that focus on children, youth, and family. The Snowshoe Foundation aims to improve the lives of residents and make Pocahontas County a better place to live.
 
The event features great food, music, local vendors, and enthusiastic patrons. The party is a great time that ensures that everyone in attendance will have fun regardless of if they have a winning ticket or not. It features vehicles, trips, and other items like a hot tub and jewelry thanks to the support of sponsors. It is the raffle of all raffles! Just a few of the prizes that will be given away include:
 
  • 2017 Jeep Renegade 4×4
  • Craftsman Pro Series Tractor w/ Bagger & Mulching Kit
  • 2017 Dodge Challenger V6
  • 2017 Sportsman 450
  • Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4×4
  • Hot Springs Rhythm 7 Person Hot Tub
  • 2017 Polaris General 1000
  • 5-night Bahama Cruise for 4 People
  • Ford F150 Crew Cab 4×4
Treasure On The MountainTickets for the event are $105 each and can be purchased online or from locations around town. View the list of participants here. Ticket holders need not attend the event to win. Treasure on the Mountain is one of three fundraisers that the Foundation hosts to raise money that benefits communities in the Pocahontas, Randolph and Webster Counties of West Virginia.
 
The Snowshoe Foundation is still accepting volunteers to help with the treasure on the Mountain event. They also accept donations through their website. Visit the Snowshoe Foundation to learn more about the work they do.
camp wildcat

Adventure Awaits at Camp Wildcat in Snowshoe WV

By on July 20, 2017

Set in the midst of 11,000 pristine acres of wilderness, Snowshoe WV is famous as one of the region’s top spots for skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports and activities. However, the truth is that Snowshoe Mountain Resort offers up endless possibilities for fun and adventure all year around. While the adults are enjoying a round of golf or a relaxing day of fishing on the nearby Elk River, the kids can immerse themselves in the all-day excitement of the Camp Wildcat children’s programs.

Snowshoe – The Perfect Spot for Camp Wildcat!

Situated in the heart of Snowshoe WV, Camp Wildcat is a children’s day camp program that runs every Thursday to Sunday until August 20. Children can either sign up to take part in a single-day program or a three-day package. The day camp is open to all children age 4 to 15, and when you sign up one child, any siblings that take part will receive special discounted rates. Even better, Camp Wildcat is entirely free for any children of current Snowshoe Lodging guests.
 
camp wildcatCamp Wildcat gives children the opportunity to explore, play and experience the fantastic mountain environment first-hand. The experienced camp guides accompany the children throughout the day to ensure a safe and entertaining environment with a focus learning, creativity and adventure. Depending on their age, children will be able to enjoy a wide range of fun and exciting activities, including nature hikes, swimming, canoeing, mountain biking and arts and crafts.
 
What’s in Store at Camp Wildcat? Camp Wildcat is split up into three separate age groups to ensure children can enjoy spending time with their peers and take part in age-appropriate activities.

Four to Six Year Olds.

The program for the younger kids is all about inspiring them to take an interest in nature and become more self-reliant. The Eurobungy and rock wall climbing activities allow the kids to push themselves in a safe, encouraging environment. A guide will lead the young ones on an educational nature hike that ends at the lake for an afternoon of swimming and lakeside games.

camp wildcatSeven to Eleven Year Olds.

The slightly older children get to take part in more adventure-based activities. Archery and horseback riding are sure to be a hit, and kids can also look forward to the excitement of downhill mountain biking, hiking and swimming in the lake.

Twelve to Fifteen Year Olds.

The schedule for the teenagers offers even more excitement and adventure. In addition to horseback riding, swimming and mountain biking, kids in this group can also take advantage of Segway and RZR tours, sporting clay shooting and stand-up paddleboard clinics amongst many other activities.
Camp Wildcat is the perfect place for children to gain a greater appreciation for nature, make new friends and learn new skills—all while having an absolute blast. Of course, with the kids gone for the day or weekend, all that’s left is to figure out how to spend your time. Luckily, Snowshoe has an almost endless array of opportunities for adults as well—no matter whether you’re looking for relaxation or excitement and adventure.
USA Cycling Snowshoe WV

Snowshoe WV Hosts 2017 Cycling Event

By on July 9, 2017

USA Cycling Snowshoe WVThe 2017 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships will be held at Snowshoe Ski Resort in Snowshoe WV, between July 17 and July 23. The championships include downhill, dual slalom, enduro or cross-country, and short track cross-country events. Three courses will be laid out on Cheat Mountain at the Snowshoe Ski Resort: the pro downhill course, the amateur downhill course, and the endurance course. Racers qualify at state and regional events throughout the year. Competitors are separated by male and female, age groups, and skill levels. Levels 2 and 3 compete in the non-championship events. Level 1 competitors are vying for the championship. The top 15 competitors in each group qualify to compete.

Race To Feature Variety Of Biking Styles

If you are not completely familiar with any of these events, here is a little background. Competitions at Snowshoe, WV are either endurance events or gravity-oriented such as the downhill. In downhill, competitors are timed as they race downhill individually. The person with the fastest time wins. The rough course includes jumps and drop-offs. Downhill bikes have a full suspension to provide a smooth ride, and the riders wear body armor, pads, and full-face helmets.

Dual slalom events pair two riders against each other on identical side-by-side courses. Riders weave in and out of gates as they descend the course. Then riders exchange courses and make a second run. The rider with the best time after two runs moves on to the next round. The other rider is eliminated.USA Cycling Snowshoe WV

In Cross-country events, all the competitors line up at the start line and take off at the same time. The course varies from unpaved fire roads to single lane areas with ruts, rocks, roots and changes in elevation. The course length is usually 16 to 22 miles for women and 22 to 28 miles for men. A race lasts about two hours. A cross-country bike has wide knobby wheels. Cross-country racing requires being alert to your surroundings, good bike-handling skills, and a driven, competitive nature.

Short Track Cross-Country is off-road racing on a short circuit It is an endurance event that gives spectators a chance to see more of the action. Short track races last about 20 minutes.

Schedule Of Events In Snowshoe WV

    July 17 – Practice
    July 18 – Practice, Qualifying for the non-championship Dual Slalom, and Finals for non-championship Downhill and Dual Slalom.
    July 19 – Practice, Finals for non-championship Cross-country, Qualifying for Dual Slalom championship, and Endurance championship stages 1 through 4.
    July 20 – Qualifying and Finals Dual Slalom championship, Cross-Country finals for some championship groups, and Endurance Championship stages 5 through 8.
    July 21 – Cross-Country finals, Seeding for Downhill finals, Finals for Dual Slalom Championship and Finals for Short Track Cross Country.
    July 22 – Finals for Downhill and Cross-Country in some age groups.
    July 23 – Finals for Downhill and Cross-Country.

Snowshoe Mountain Resort – Pocahontas County, WV

USA Cycling Snowshoe WVSnowshoe Ski Resort, in Pocahontas County, WV, is a great location for the 2017 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships because it is more than just a ski resort. It is a year-round destination with off-road tours, horseback riding, golf, swimming, other water activities, concerts, a spa, weddings, shopping, dining, lodging, and, of course, mountain biking. The bike park on Snowshoe Mountain has a 1,500 vertical foot descent and almost 40 trails with trails designed for first time riders, cross country lovers, and pro downhillers. They have trails for everyone. So plan to attend the 2017 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships and make Snowshoe WV your destination spot year-round.

 

WVU Mountaineer Camp

WVU Mountaineer Camp at Snowshoe WV

By on June 24, 2017

WVU Mountaineer campThere is no reason that the good times have to end when you leave Morgantown as the West Virginia Alumni Association makes it easier to ensure you can carry on all your favorite Mountaineer traditions long after you graduate. In fact, it seems that the Alumni Association has created a new tradition of its own with the exciting new WVU Mountaineer Camp.
 
The WVU Alumni Association has partnered with Snowshoe Ski Resort to hold two distinct styles of camps this summer, both of which are packed full of a huge array of outdoor activities and are sure to provide ample opportunities for singing ‘Country Roads’ along with your fellow Mountaineer alumni. These camps are a unique chance for alumni to reconnect with friends and former classmates, while enjoying the fantastic amenities of one of West Virginia’s top ski resorts and summer destinations.

Snowshoe Ski Resort

Snowshoe WVLocated in Snowshoe WV, Snowshoe Ski Resort isn’t just for skiing as anyone who attends one of the WVU Mountaineer Camps will immediately realize. The mountains around Snowshoe West Virginia offer a beautiful, tranquil setting and absolutely endless possibilities for outdoor adventures. The resort itself is also home to fantastic restaurants, a world-class spa, fantastic golfing and a huge range of other modern amenities.

WVU Mountaineer Summer Camps in Snowshoe WV

This summer the WVU Alumni Association is offering two different camps geared towards different alumni audiences. As the name suggests, the WVU Mountaineer Family Camp is designed for alumni and their families and offers a variety of activities for the kids, the parents and the whole family. On the other hand, the WVU Mountaineer Adventure Camp is geared more towards a younger audience of more recent graduates and is more focused on action, adventure and adrenaline.

What You Need to Know About WVU Mountaineer Family Camp

Snowshoe West Virginia will be the site of two different WVU Mountaineer Family Camps, both of which offer seven action-packed days of family fun and adventure. The first camp is held from July 2 – 9, while the second session runs from August 6 – 13. Both camps are all-inclusive and limited to a total of 80 families.




Blues-and-Brews Snowshoe WVAlumni and their families will be staying in Center Village, right in the heart of the mountaintop resort and surrounded by numerous opportunities for shopping, dining, drinking and dancing. Families are free to design each day however they please, choosing from a huge number of available activities.




Start the day off with a delicious, hearty breakfast buffet before heading off to enjoy some of the area’s spectacular hiking or mountain biking trails. From there, ride the chairlift down to picturesque Shavers Lake, where you’ll disembark on a beach full of fun activities and games to test your skills. At night, the lakeside bonfire makes an ideal spot to roast a few s’mores before heading back to watch the nighttime movie under the stars.




Family yoga classes, children’s GeoCache treasure hunts, adult RZR trail riding and a family golf tournament are just a few of the many other highlights. You and the kids can test yourself on the climbing wall or Eurobungie or brush up on your cooking skills during the Mountaineer Chef Class and Family Cook Off.




blues.brews.bbq.snowshoe.wv4All these activities are sure to make you hungry, but luckily you’ll be served three fabulous, filling meals a day. The kids are sure to love the lunchtime sundae bar, while everyone will fall in the love with the world-class BBQ ribs served at dinner. As an added bonus, you and your spouse can take advantage of the resort’s babysitter service to enjoy a romantic cuddle under the stars.

A World of Excitement Awaits at WVU Mountaineer Adventure Camp

From July 13 to 16, up to 300 WVU alumni will converge on Snowshoe for the Mountaineer Adventure Camp. This promises to be four of the wildest, most action-packed days of your life.

Mountain biking classes, hiking, off-road riding and plenty of food and drink are just a few of the many things participants can look forward to. After enjoying breakfast with your long-lost friends, you can head over to the lake to try your hand at stand-up paddleboard yoga or hit up the links for a quick 18 holes.




Breakfast is provided every morning, while you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy chef-prepared lunches and dinners at some of the resort’s outstanding restaurants. Try your hand at shooting sporting clays before heading over to the afternoon craft-beer happy hour. In the evening, trade stories and take turns buying rounds as you and your friends listen to the stylings of the WVU Bluegrass Band and other WVU musical ensembles.




The sheer number of activities on offer in and around the resort makes Snowshoe WV a blast no matter when you visit. However, the chance to enjoy all of these amenities alongside your friends, family and fellow Mountaineer alumni is sure to make the event that much more memorable. For this reason, it seems certain that these WVU Mountaineer Summer Camps are sure to be your new favorite alumni tradition.

GNCC Snowshoe

2017 GNCC Race Returns To Snowshoe WV

By on June 20, 2017

gncc logoThe GNCC Racing Series is back in action this weekend, and this time it’s heading back to its roots. Held on June 24 and 25, the GNCC Amsoil Snowshoe promises to one of the best events of the year as riders from all over the country put their ATV skills to the ultimate test in the toughest race of the GNCC tour.




The event is held at Snowshoe Mountain resort in Snowshoe WV; just a stone’s throw away from where the original GNCC race, the famed Blackwater 100, was held. To pay homage to the original, the GNCC Snowshoe begins in town in the picturesque Snowshoe village before continuing on up the mountain and traversing some of the most challenging off-road tracks in the country. Riders will be tested by steep hills, huge tree roots, sticky mud and massive bogs that threaten to put a premature end to many riders’ race.

Howard’s Hole

howards holeOne of the highlights of the event is undoubtedly Howard’s Hole, a huge bog that is often all but impassable if not for the help of fans who aren’t afraid to get a little dirty to help riders overcome this obstacle. The starting line is also a great place to be to experience the thrill the roaring engines and the riders taking off on their way across the course. Unlike typical GNCC races that feature a dead-engine start, the GNCC Snowshoe has a live-engine start that sees five riders taking off every 10 seconds to create a truly impressive scene that further adds to the excitement of this special event.

Of course, holding the event at Snowshoe Mountain also offers a level of amenities and luxuries not typically associated with cross-country ATV races. While the stunning natural beauty surrounding Snowshoe WV offers a wide array of picturesque views, attendees also have the opportunity to enjoy all of the world-class amenities and services offered within the village itself. From fantastic shopping and excellent dining opportunities to luxurious accommodations, lively nightlife, miles of mountain biking trails and an amazing mountaintop golf course, Snowshoe truly has something for everyone.

Blackwater 100 – Gone But Not Forgotten

GNCC SnowshoeIt is only fitting that the GNCC holds an event at Snowshoe Mountain seeing as the racing series got its start in nearby Blackwater. The original Blackwater 100 was considered America’s toughest race, and in keeping with this tradition, the GNCC Snowshoe course presents the biggest challenge racers will face all year. Combine the excitement of the year’s most challenging race with the fantastic surrounds of the resort and you’ve got the makings of one of the best ATV events in the country.
 
All tickets for the event include ski lift tickets to allow visitors to explore the fabulous hills and surroundings, and after the race is over, Snowshoe offers ample opportunities for dining with the family or a few drinks with friends. For all these reasons, the GNCC Snowshoe is the place to be this weekend.
Cranberry Glades

Cranberry Glades – An Ecological Gem Nestled in Pocahontas County WV

By on May 8, 2017

Cranberry GladesCranberry Glades Botanical Area is nestled between the Cranberry, Kennison, and Black Mountains of the Monongahela National Forest, in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. Just a beautiful four hour drive from Washington, D.C., on the Highland Scenic Highway, this amazing ecologically abundant land was established as a National Natural Landmark in 1974. These glades are nestled high in the mountains at the altitude of 3,400 feet, which lend to the unusual eco-system of The Glades.

The Glades, located near Snowshoe WV, claim a collection of five boreal-type bogs. Thanks to the frigid winters and warm summers of the region, and the collection of coniferous trees in the area lent to the development of the healthy bog environs. The bogs found here resemble many of the Canadian Bogs found much further north in considerably colder climes. Right here in the Monongahela area, the bog’s high acidic nature support vegetation usually found at the higher latitudes. The area with its remarkable vegetation has brought many to The Glades for scientific study since the 1930s.

Walking the Boardwalks of Cranberry Glades

Cranberry GladesWooden boardwalks in the botanical area, along with well-groomed hiking paths of The Glades supports a pleasurable hiking experience for veteran hikers and families alike. The southern sites along the way may offer a hiker a chance to view several unusual critters eating the wild skunk cabbage and other vegetation. Despite the area’s northern climate, a hiker can spot some incredible species. Many animals that inhabit this region include the American Black Bear, West Virginian Flying Squirrel, white-tailed deer, coyote, Red fox, and in the evenings the more nocturnal beavers can be heard working away. For birders, the American Bald Eagle, Eastern Screech Owl, Swainon’s, Hermit thrushes, Nashville, Mourning Warblers, Purple Finches, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper Hawk have been known to be sighted. Visitors are asked to stay on the paths and boardwalks to help maintain the highly sensitive ecological environs.

Unusual Flora of the Glades

The list of flora is long thanks to the richness of the soils and climate of the bog plains. Along with the typical mountain conifers, mosses are abundant in the area. They include the sphagnum moss, bird-wheat moss, bog moss, and reindeer lichen. Cranberry vines bloom high above the moss in summer brining fruit in the fall. Over the centuries, two species of plants found in the region are carnivorous. Due to the lack of nourishment from the ground, these plants evolved to survive from food on the surface. Hikers can marvel at the Purple Pitcher plant and the sundew, the carnivorous plants that have survived in the bogs over the ages. The sights, sounds and splendor of natural beauty of The Cranberry Glades are just waiting to attract families, naturalists and students of ecology to the remarkable region in Pocahontas County of West Virginia.