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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.

Covid-19 Update (June 3, 2020)

West Virginia’s public preserves remain open, with the exception of Ice Mountain Preserve. We ask all visitors to please follow any local restrictions put in place for your safety as well as guidance from the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), including maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from others (social distancing).

Parking may be limited at many of our preserves. If parking areas are full, or if you find you can’t social distance at any trail or preserve, it may be best to visit the area at another time.

Thank you for helping us in our efforts to protect our visitors’ health and well-being. Together, we can each do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19 so we can continue to do the important work needed in West Virginia.

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. 

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. Access to the preserve can be found at the pullout and welcome sign on the west side of the Gap of Greenland Gap Road (County Road 3/3). This road continues through the preserve and gives great views of the geology of the gap and of Patterson Creek that flows beside the road. Please note that there are no upkept trails at this preserve. Take extra care 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.