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Cranesville Swamp

Cranesville Swamp

Cranesville Swamp is a boreal bog at the West Virginia and Maryland border that supports unique plant and animal life is similar to that found in the more northern latitudes. Because of its unique natural characteristics, the area was designated as one of the first National Natural Landmarks in the country.

Cranesville Swamp consists of large peat bogs that is highly acidic and support plants commonly found at higher latitudes, including cranberries, larches, several types of sedges, skunk cabbage, speckled alder, sphagnum moss, and sundew. A relic of the Pleistocene Epoch, some of those species migrated to the West Virginia highlands during the last Ice Age. Due to the high elevation and surrounding hills that capture moisture and cold air, Cranesville Swamp features a climate and landscape more reminiscent of that found much further north in New England and Canada.

There are five trails, all less than two miles, within Cranesville Swamp. A 1,500-foot boardwalk allows access over the wettest parts of the bog.

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From I-68 at Friendsville, Maryland, follow MD Route 42 west for 1½ miles. Turn left onto Blooming Rose Road and continue south for 1.8 miles. Turn left onto Trap Run Road and drive for 2.8 miles and then bear left onto White Rock Road and follow for 1½ miles. Turn right onto Cranesville Road and continue on for 5 miles. Bear right onto Lake Ford Road, which becomes Burnside Camp Road and follow for a ½ mile.

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