Monday, April 10, 2017

Cranesville Swamp, Jim Sconyer's Back Yard Hike

April  15, 2017, 10:00 am
Cranesville Swamp, Jim Sconyer's Backyard Hike

Located in north eastern Preston County, the Cranesville Swamp is a unique mountain peatland created by a rare mixture of altitude, temperature, and precipitation.  It is home to a spectacular range of plants, birds, and mammal and it was home to the late, great Jim Sconyers, WV Sierra Club leader and mentor to many.  His remembrance  will be felt on this hike.   We'll walk the boardwalk and look at plants (including carnivorous) , bog, trees, etc. and then complete the walk on woods trail.  Expect a couple of muddy spots.  Rated easy on relatively flat landscape.  Hiking distance is 2 or so miles.  We should be done by noon.  This is a Nature Conservancy site.  Pets are not permitted.  Among your essentials, bring rain gear and  insect repellent.  Long pants tucked into socks are recommended to deter ticks and poison ivy.  After the hike, we can consider lunch at the Water Street Cafe in Friendsville, a 30 minute drive.
To preregister and for directions,  contact outings leader Ann Devine-King, 304-594-2636, atdking@gmail.com

Nearest Town:  Terra Alta, WV
Web info:  Cranesville Sw
Parking is limited and car pooling is recommended.

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