West Virginia Preserves

Come along to explore The Nature Conservancy's preserves throughout West Virginia

Charlotte Ryde Preserve: Located in a remote part of Cheat Canyon in Preston County, the Charlotte Ryde Nature Preserve protects approximately 3 river miles of the Cheat River and is open to the public as the Cheat Canyon Wildlife Management Area (WMA). For water lovers, the Cheat River is one of the premier whitewater rafting locations in the state. Those interested in staying on land can search for interesting plant and animal species on the Allegheny Trail—8 miles of which run through the WMA. Learn More

Brush Creek Preserve: This 124-acre preserve in Mercer County features a wide foot trail that traverses the property and leads to the mouth of Brush Creek and the Bluestone River. Adjacent to the preserve is Brush Creek Falls, the largest falls in southern West Virginia. Learn more

Bear Rocks Preserve: Visitors to this spot in Dolly Sods experience a flat, windswept expanse of subalpine heath barrens and rolling mountains. Trails wind through unique plant communities, leading hikers through a variety of shrubs like blueberry and rhododendron. Learn more

Greenland Gap Preserve: Grant County’s Greenland Gap Preserve boasts Oriskany Sandstone cliffs, which rise 800 feet above the cool, clear waters of the creek below. Two trails, one on each side of the Gap, take visitors to the top of the cliffs for dramatic views. Learn more

Pike Knob Preserve: Hikers looking for seclusion will enjoy this out-of-the-way preserve and its mountaintop pasture, Nelson Sods. The four-to-five hour, round-trip hike features stunning views, unusual plant communities and magnificent wildlife like the golden eagle. Learn more

Cranesville Swamp Preserve: This 2000-acre preserve straddling Maryland and West Virginia is a beautiful and rare “frost pocket” that collects moisture and features cooler temperatures. There are five trails to explore, including a 1,500 foot boardwalk. Learn more

Eidolon Preserve: Named for the phantom women Zeus created from mist and light, this preserve in Morgan County features dense mountaintop forests and commanding views of the Potomac River. The preserve includes three trails and walkable roads, totaling about four miles. Learn more

Hungry Beech Preserve: The 124-acre Hungry Beech Preserve in Roane County features rolling meadowland, a steep-sided cove and nearly 30 acres of outstanding cove hardwood and oak-hickory forests. A loop trail takes visitors through a variety of habitats. Learn more

Ice Mountain Preserve: This National Natural Landmark in Hampshire County gets its name from the refrigeration effect that takes place inside a sloping mass of boulders at the mountain’s base. Two trails allow visitors to explore the rare plant community, native forest and North River. Learn more

Murphy Preserve: Donated by the Murphy family, this 276-acre preserve in Ritchie County consists of older oak-hickory forests, and boasts two ponds and a large number of amphibians. There are no formal trails but hikers are welcome to explore the open understory. Learn more

Slaty Mountain Preserve: Located in Monroe County, this 153-acre preserve is comprised of a dry hardwood and pine woodland and features a high-quality shale barren. A small dirt road allows good views of rare shale barren species and surrounding mountains. Learn more

Yankauer Preserve: This popular preserve in Berkeley County features a oak forests surrounded by glades of red cedar and dense thickets of fast-growing shrubs and trees. The mixed habitat makes the area ideal for birding, which can be done on three well-marked trails. Learn more

Where will you go? Learn more and plan your visit to one of our open preserves today.


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