Cranesville Swamp Nature Preserve

Iconic mountain peatland is a unique treat for nature lovers. A window into ice ages past, Cranesville Swamp is located in a "frost pocket," an area where the surrounding hills capture moisture and cold air to create a landscape more reminiscent of habitat found much further north in Canada. With 2,000 acrea of forest and wetland, it's not surprising that Cranesville Swamp Nature Preserve is home to an exceptional variety of plants and animals. In total, more than 50 rare plants and animals live at Cranesville. Several trails, including a quarter-mile boardwalk, offer visitors the chance to get up close and personal with this unique natural wander. Admission is free. Download maps and an audio tour on our website.

Phone: 301-897-8570 Address: 39.531747, -79.485602 Web: