At Cranesville Swamp, the elements of wind, water, mountains, and temperature have created a landscape that is both beautiful and rare. The hills surrounding Cranesville Swamp channel precipitation and chilled air into the valley, which makes the preserve one of the coolest and soggiest spots in West Virginia. This is an astonishing arboreal bog harboring plants and birds that usually occur much farther north. 1,774 acres protected by The Nature Conservancy. 10 miles south of I-68 on the border with Maryland. Just east of Cranesville on State Route 42, turn south onto the unpaved Burnside Camp Road. After 1 mile turn left onto a country road and follow the Nature Conservancy signs into the parking area.