Glades

The Cranberry Glades Botanical Area is one of the special sites visitors to the Cranberry Shindig can explore.

RICHWOOD — Everyone is invited to the 32nd annual Cranberry Shindig Sunday, Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center on Monongahela National Forest. Bring the whole family to enjoy a day of mountain music, clogging, artisans and fall color.

This year’s Shindig features music by The Bing Brothers and Jake Krack. The Appalachian Country Cloggers and the Old Dominion Cloggers will showcase traditional dancing. Craft demonstrations include blacksmithing, pottery, spinning wheel demonstrations, traditional dancing, wood turning and more. Crafters will display and sell their wares, and a variety of vendors will have food available for purchase.

Take some time to check out the new features at the Nature Center, including new signage along the interpretive trail, new snake and scat displays inside the building, a hummingbird display outside, and a new pavilion. The Nature Center’s store is well stocked with field guides, outdoor gear, books and souvenirs.

Enjoy these special scenic areas while you are in the area:

• Cranberry Glades is especially beautiful during the fall when cotton grass is blooming, and plants and trees are displaying their fall colors.

• View three cascading waterfalls from the boardwalk at the Falls of Hills Creek.

• Take a scenic fall drive on the Highland Scenic Highway. Complement your Highland Scenic Highway drive with an audio tour. CDs can be purchased at the Cranberry Mountain Nature center, Gauley and Marlinton Ranger District offices, Richwood CVB office and Pocahontas CVB offices in Marlinton and Cass.

The Nature Center is located 16 miles west of Marlinton and 23 miles east of Richwood at the intersection of Rt. 39/55 and Rt. 150 (Highland Scenic Highway). For more information call the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center at 304-653-4826. The Nature Center is open Thursday to Monday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Oct. 15, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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