This preserve has a lot of unique and beautiful plants and animals to see. View All
Bring plenty of drinking water, sun protection (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), rain gear, and bug protection. View All
Why You Should Visit
A window into ice ages past, Finzel Swamp is located in a "frost pocket," an area where the surrounding hills capture moisture and cold air that conspire to create a landscape more reminiscent of habitat found much further north in Canada. Finzel is open to the public for birdwatching and nature walks year-round. Admission is free.
Three-and-half hour drive from Baltimore and Washington, D.C., past Cumberland.
The preserve is open year-round during daylight hours.
Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
In addition to the shrub swamp, the preserve contains three other distinct plant communities, and is the headwaters to the Savage River. The mountain peatlands created by this rare mix of altitude, temperature, and precipitation are home to a spectacular range of plants, birds, and mammals.
What the Conservancy Is Doing Here
What to See: Plants
What to See: Animals
How to Get the Most from Your Visit