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  • Dedicated a National Natural Landmark in 2012, Ice Mountain is a 150-acre nature preserve in Hampshire County owned by The Nature Conservancy.
  • Ice Mountain gets its name from the refrigeration effect that takes place inside its talus — a sloping mass of boulders at the foot of a mountain.
  • The cool air flowing from some 60 small holes and openings at the base of the talus sustain boreal plants usually found much farther north.
  • Species such as dwarf dogwood (pictured), Canada mayflower, and bristly rose can be found at Ice Mountain Preserve.
  • The preserve also provides habitat for breeding neotropical birds such as warblers, vireos and thrushes. Hikers may even spot a raven, pictured here, nesting on the outcrops of "Ravens Rocks.”
  • Lucky visitors might catch a glimpse of an otter or mink fishing the North River, pictured here.
  • Two trails traverse the preserve, which is open for guided tours throughout most of the year. Visitors are asked to schedule a visit by calling (304) 496-7359.
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