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Natural Wonders

Within Pocahontas County are priceless treasures of natural wonders that leave visitors amazed at their indescribable beauty.

Discover the enchantment of three spectacular, cascading waterfalls or walk through a pristine area of unique plants descended from seeds that took root 10,000 years ago. Or become captivated by unusual rock formations in one of the most intriguing scenic areas in the state.

All of the fascination is waiting for you as you visit these rare and precious gems of nature.

Cranberry Glades Botanical Area
The Cranberry Glades Botanical Area is the largest area of bogs, or acidic wetlands, in West Virginia, a unique and exotic ecosystem on 750 acres.  There is a special beauty and tranquility found here as you walk the half-mile, handicap accessible boardwalk where you can observe the fragile community without disturbance.

The Cranberry Glades is located on Highway 39/55 just west of the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center, which is at the junction of Route 150 and Route 39/55.

Falls of Hills Creek
One of the hidden treasures of Pocahontas County is the Falls of Hills Creek, a 114-acre area with three waterfalls that cascade 25, 45, and finally 63-feet, the second highest waterfall in West Virginia. 

A ¾ mile walk along paved trails, steps and a boardwalk leads visitors to spectacular views of the three waterfalls.  The Falls are located 5-miles west of the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center on Route 39/55.

Beartown State Park
A natural area of 107 acres located on the eastern summit of Droop Mountain, Beartown State Park is noted for its massive boulders, overhanging cliffs and unusual rock formations.  A boardwalk allows easy access and interpretive signs provide insight into this fascinating “town of rocks”.  The park is located 7-miles south of Hillsboro on U.S. Route 219.

Monongahela National Forest
Within the border of Pocahontas County is more than one-third of the 900,000-acre Monongahela National Forest.  It is a vast paradise of forest land and natural wilderness areas. 

The Monongahela has hundreds of miles of hiking trails, warm water fishing and trout streams. It provides habitat for nine federally listed endangered or threatened species and fifty other species of rare plants and animals. Approximately 75 tree species are found in the forest.

The headwaters of six major river systems are also located in the forest: Monongahela, Potomac, Greenbrier, Elk, Tygart, and Gauley. The forest is noted for its rugged landscape with spectacular views, blueberry thickets, highland bogs, and open areas with exposed rocks.

Both the Cranberry Glades Botanical Area and the Falls of Hills Creek are located within the Monongahela National Forest.