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Cranberry Glades Botanical Area

Cranberry Glades is the home of the largest bog and acidic wetlands garden in West Virginia. Here unique and exotic plants thrive on 750 acres that is protected by the United States Forest Service. Many of the over 60 varieties of plant species are especially rare, some even coming from seeds that took root in this area over 10,000 years ago. Visitors can walk through the Cranberry Glades bog trail and see flowers such as the fuchsia colored Wild Orchid, Bishop’s Cap, Jewelweed, False Hellebore, Indian Pipe, Turtlehead, Wild Raisin, and Sundew. Special bog lands devoted to sphagnum varieties exists as well as a carnivorous and insect eating plant garden at Cranberry Glades. In addition to the unique flowers and rare plants visitors also delight in seeing numerous wild animals including Black Bears, Flying Squirrels, Red trailed Hawk, American Bald Eagles, Red Fox, and White Tailed Deer. The boardwalk is wheelchair accessible. Visit this Attraction in West Virginia in season April through November.

Falls of Hills Creek

The Falls of Hills Creek is one of the best known Attractions in West Virginia. This 114 acre area is tucked away in the Monongahela National Forest and is easily accessed via Route 39. Visitors can venture into the thick forest and discover the three falls that cascade down the mountain, each more stunning than the last. Flowing from Hills Creek, which is one of the cleanest streams in West Virginia, these West Virginia Waterfalls create some truly spectacular scenery. Visitors can walk to the boardwalk and look out at the first waterfall which drops 25 feet, and continue down the wooden steps to see the second waterfall which crashes a staggering 45 feet to the creek below. The last set of falls cascades down 63 feet and is the most beautiful of all three. In addition to the waterfalls, this area has an abundance of blooming flowers, with over 40 varieties of wildflowers growing in this region. Be sure to bring your camera when visiting this beautiful area in the Monongahela National Forest in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia. First Tracts specializes in West Virginia Monongahela National Forest Real Estate and Cabin Rentals in the West Virginia Mountains. Contact us for all of your real estate and rental needs near Snowshoe Mountain Resort.


Cass Scenic Railroad

Nestled in the mountains of West Virginia, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park offers excursions that transport you back in time to relive an era when steam-driven locomotives were an essential part of everyday life. Trips to Cass are filled with rich histories of the past, unparalleled views of a vast wilderness area, and close-up encounters with the sights and sounds of original steam-driven locomotives.

Once you board the train, the real excitement begins! The great pistons of the carefully restored Shay locomotive will start pulsing, driven by hundreds of pounds of steam pressure. The shaft begins turning, the wheels find traction, and the locomotive begins to move. With thick, black smoke belching from its stack, the train pulls away from the station, passing the water tower from which the locomotive tanks are filled. As the train rounds the curve up Leatherbark Creek, you'll pass the Cass Shop, where the locomotives are serviced and repaired, and a graveyard of antiquated but fascinating equipment on sidetracks.

Droop Mountain Battlefield

Located near Watoga State Park and Beartown State Park, Droop Mountain State Park is the site of the last Civil War battle fought in West Virginia. Offering a museum, day park, hiking trails, and play areas, this park is a great, educational opportunity for all ages.

Beartown State Park

Beartown State Park is a natural area of 107 acres located on the eastern summit of Droop Mountain, seven miles southwest of Hillsboro, West Virginia. The land was purchased in 1970 with funds from the Nature Conservancy and a donation from Mrs. Edwin G. Polan, in memory of her son, Ronald Keith Neal, who lost his life in the Vietnam War. Development of the park has been minimal to preserve the natural attractions of the area. However, basic facilities are provided, and a boardwalk permits easy access. Interpretive signs along the boardwalk guide visitors and provide insights concerning the ecology of the area. The park is open daily from April to October.  During the closed winter season foot travel to the boardwalk area is welcome, with parking available at the closed entrance gate.  No fee is charged to visit Beartown State Park.

Watoga State Park

Watoga State Park is in the mountains of Pocahontas County just 14 miles south of Marlinton, West Virginia. The park consists of 10,100 acres filled with a multitude of recreational activities including hiking, swimming, fishing and boating. Watoga visitors that bike and hike take advantage of the access to the Greenbrier River Trail in addition to the miles of hiking trails located on the state park.  A multipurpose building, CCC museum and observation tower are a few of the unique features you’ll find at Watoga State Park.