The permanent cool, wet setting of the preserve has created a peat bog – consisting of wet spongy ground and decomposing vegetation with poor drainage.
Cranesville Swamp The permanent cool, wet setting of the preserve has created a peat bog – consisting of wet spongy ground and decomposing vegetation with poor drainage. © Kent Mason

With your help, The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 120,000 acres of critical natural lands in West Virginia.

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    Murphy Preserve

    Older oak-hickory forest on a rolling topography of hills and coves. Visit

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    The Nature Conservancy’s network of protected lands host rare plants and animals and serve as living laboratories for conservation innovation. Many preserves are open for recreation including hiking. Explore the Map