A Grant County Gem
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The Nature Conservancy is a private non profit conservation organization whose mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends, Greenland Gap preserve is just one of a series of nature preserves that are owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy across the state of 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.
Two trails, one on each side of the Gap, take visitors to the top of the cliffs for dramatic views. Both trails begin near the car pull-off and main entrance sign on the east side of the Gap. The trails are very steep and rocky and are difficult unless you are in good physical condition. Do not attempt to hike these trails without water, hiking shoes, kicking stick, and well conditioned legs and heart.
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. Take extra care on the trails in wet and snowy weather.
FOR MORE INFORMATIONThe Nature Conservancy
Person Interviewed: Andrea Brandon
Title: Central Appalachian Program Coordinator
Location: Grant County, West Virginia
Address: PO Box 250 Elkins, WV 26241
Phone: 304 637-0160
Fax: 304 637-0584
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