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Cranberry Mountain Nature Center

Monongahela National Forest, Marlinton, WV
304-653-4826
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Ranked #4 of 13 Attractions in Marlinton
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Owner description: The Cranberry Mountain Nature Center has many interesting features that appeal to visitors of all...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Owner description: 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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Champlin
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Bluefield, West Virginia
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6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Nice informative place to stop before visiting Cranberry Glades. We enjoyed seeing the snakes and looking at all the displays.

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Sharonville, Ohio
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Stopped in here after walking the boardwalk at Cranberry Glades. Very nice staff and great display. Great live snake display. There was a ranger there letting kids hold different snakes. It was so fun to watch their faces!

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VIRGINIA BEACH
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66 reviews 66 reviews
25 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Wonderful display of mounted native animals and a collection of live snakes. Staff were friendly and helpful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Monongahela is beautiful! The rangers gave us good advice on where to hike with a limited amount of time. Hiked to High Rocks which had a stunning view. The Nature Center had a nice selection of souvenirs, etc.

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San Antonio, Texas
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28 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Stopped in after a lengthy hike nearby. Great staff, friendly, clean restrooms, great area gifts/souvenirs. Wonderful display of wildlife in the area. Fresh hot coffee. Great resting point before your next stop in Wild, Wonderful Weedy Virginia!

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Grove City, Ohio
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We just happened to stop in here. Very friendly staff and very educational displays about the wildlife and plants in the area. Also restrooms and souvenirs.

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