If you want to see, smell, and hear a swamp’s plant and animal life, take a hike through Cranesville. This Maryland and West Virginia preserve offers five trails and a 1,500-foot boardwalk that allows for easy exploration over the boggy sites. In our audio tour, naturalists Rodney Bartgis and Kevin Dodge reveal the swamp’s natural history and how it will likely respond to climate change.
Visit the preserve page to plan your visit and then download the audio tour map (PDF). The numbers marked on the map correspond to the audio files in the tour (note: disregard the number posts on the trail.) Next, download the audio files to your mobile device.
Remember - some of our secluded preserves are spectacular, but you may not get cell service. We recommend you download the recordings and maps before you visit. Need a little help saving the files? Check out our step-by-step guide!
Downloadable Files (mp3 format)
- Introduction to Cranesville Swamp
- History of Cranesville Swamp
- Cranesville Habitat and Man's Role
- Hydrology of Cranesville Swamp
- Red Pines
- Powerline View
- Beaver Pond, Green Frog, and Warblers
- Star Violet
- Origin of Water in Cranesville
- Cinnamon Fern
- Climate Change
- Red Spruce
- Logging the Wetland
- Evaporation and Transpiration
- Maples and Mountain Oak Grass
- Similarities and Differences between Wetlands
- Bristly Sarsaparilla