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West Virginia

Blister Run Swamp
Blister Run Swamp, a National Natural Landmark in West Virginia.

There are 14 National Natural Landmark sites located within the state of West Virginia. Natural features represented include the largest cave system in West Virginia, a high altitude balsam fir swamp at its southernmost extension, and one of the largest intermountain karst areas in the country. Thirteen sites received the NNL designation within a ten-year period from 1965 to 1974. Ice Mountain is the most recent addition to the Natural Landmarks Registry, receiving NNL status in 2012. Sites are owned by a variety of landowners including U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and private individuals.

Below is a map of sites in West Virginia.

National Natural Landmark sites are located in the following counties: Greenbrier, Hampshire, Monroe, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, and Tucker.

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West Virginia state map Cathedral Park Big Run Bog Canaan Valley Fisher Spring Run Bog Lost World Caverns Organ Cave System Greenville Saltpeter Cave Cranberry Glades Botanical Area Sinnett-Thorn Mountain Cave System Shavers Mountain Spruce-Hemlock Stand Gaudineer Scenic Area Blister Run Swamp German Valley Karst Area Ice Mountain

Please remember, National Natural Landmarks (NNLs) are not national parks. NNL status does not indicate public ownership, and many sites are not open for visitation.


Last Updated: June 28, 2012