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Cranberry Mountain Nature Center

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Address: Monongahela National Forest, Marlinton, WV
Phone Number: 304-653-4826
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Description: The Cranberry Mountain Nature Center has many interesting features that...
The Cranberry Mountain Nature Center has many interesting features that appeal to visitors of all ages and backgrounds. The exhibit hall features many interactive displays which are both educational and entertaining to young and old alike. The auditorium offers short films on request on topics, such as Smokey Bear Story, Jewels of the Monongahela, Cranberry Glades, wildflowers, and many others. The nature center is host to several popular events during the open season. Kids Night activities include live snake shows, educational programs, magic shows, wildlife presentations, games and visits by Smokey Bear.
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Educational for children as well as adults. Friendly staff, clean bathrooms. We especially enjoyed the topographical map display, as well as the live snake exhibits (seeing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Pipestem, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Educational for children as well as adults. Friendly staff, clean bathrooms. We especially enjoyed the topographical map display, as well as the live snake exhibits (seeing them under glass where they cannot get to you is a must for myself), and the children enjoyed seeing the scat display.

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Freeport, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 350 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Nice interpretive center. The staff were friendly and helpful, pointing out a terrific place for a dry but scenic picnic on the rainy day that we visited. There were a few displays with live snakes from the area, and plenty of information on the local attractions. The visitor center is centrally located, being at the southern start of the Highlands... More 

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The visitors center is very nice and has many displays. Several live Snakes on display. Good clean restrooms and helpful attendants!

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Hurricane, WV
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

I enjoyed the layout of the center (except the snakes). I especially liked the shop and very clean restrooms. The flowers are beautiful as well.

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Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

This is definitely worth a stop whether you have kids or not! There were a number of well done exhibits, native wildlife and interactive learning opportunities. We meant to pop in for a quick 10 minute visit but ended up staying over an hour.

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Morgantown, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We have taken our kids, then our grandkids, and now our great grandkids. The displays and trails are a best trip for all of them. Easy drive from Watoga State Park, Hillsboro, and Marlinton. There are animal exhibits - bear, deer, snakes, etc. displayed. Some days there are guest speakers to show kids (and adults ) different nature programs. The... More 

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Champlin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

The nature center provided interesting information and the hiking areas offered us some lovely vistas. We enjoyed the variety of trees being labeled and the historical information given.

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Red House, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 via mobile

Young children will love this!! Mine loved making different animal tracts in the sand. Lots of animal displays! Great place for a rest stop before heading back out. Will stop again!!

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Prince William County, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We enjoyed the topographical map display, stuffed animal exhibit, numerous live snake exhibits, interactive "animal tracks" display and even the animal droppings display was interesting. This is a very fun and educational nature center, a great place to educate the kids before heading out for a short hike or drive. I highly recommend the stop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We stopped here on a Saturday afternoon for the facilities but discovered more than we were anticipating! We were surprised to see so many snakes (and spent a bit of time looking at the rattlesnake and the copperhead to make sure we knew what they looked like) at the facility and learned about different animals excrement too haha!

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