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Places We Protect

Greenland Gap Preserve

West Virginia

Greenland Gap is ringed by Oriskany Sandstone cliffs, which rise above the waters of the creek.

The primary feature of the preserve is the well developed, symmetrical water gap formed by the North Fork of Patterson Creek.  The entire Gap is ringed by Oriskany Sandstone cliffs, which rise 800 feet above the cool, clear waters of the creek.  The gap was also the site of an April 1863 battle between a small band of federal troops and General Jones’ cavalry.

TNC and partners use this preserve for research in the ecology of the Allegheny woodrat, which is declining throughout its range. 

Two trails, one on each side of the Gap, take visitors to the top of the cliffs for dramatic views.  Both trails begin near the car pull-off and main entrance sign on the east side of the Gap.  The trails are very steep and rocky and are difficult unless you are in good physical condition.

Do not attempt to hike these trails without water, hiking shoes, kicking stick, and well conditioned legs and heart.

While October with its fall foliage is the most dramatic and colorful time to visit, every season is beautiful at Greenland Gap.  Hundreds of turkey vultures and ravens can be seen in the summer circling in the Gap’s warm updrafts.  Take extra care on the trails in wet and snowy weather.

Support Our Work at Greenland Gap Preserve

You can help us protect West Virginia's diverse plant and animal communities. The Nature Conservancy is working to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends at Greenland Gap and beyond.