Cranberry Glades Botanic Area is a set of unique mountain bogs that constitute the largest bog area in West Virginia. The bogs support plants that are more commonly found much further north. The botanic area consists of 750 acres of land that includes a boardwalk to get a close up view of this special ecosystem. There is also a system of trails that wind from the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center to and around the glades. These include six trails that total over nine miles of hiking around the glades. These trails also feed into the larger Cranberry Backcountry and Wilderness Trail systems.
Cranberry Glades is located east of Richwood, WV, tucked near Cranberry Wilderness, Backcountry and a host of other outdoor wonders. (Google directions below).
One mile east of Richwood on Rt 39/55
Gauley Ranger District. 932 North Fork Cherry Road. Richwood, WV 26261
304-846-2695 (Voice & TDD), 304-636-1800 – Mon. National Forest
Brochure, Books – “Monongahela National Forest Hiking Guide”, “Out There West Virginia A Guide to Backcountry Travel and Adventure”, “West Virginia Hiking Trails”
Hero photo and gallery photos courtesy of Michelle Klishis