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Places to see in the US east of the Mississippi (listed alphabetically)

(Column 1 through Column 5 indicate columns of states from east to west)

Alabama (Column 3)
N Central – Cathedral Caverns State Park, Newsome Sinks Karst Area, Shelta Cave
NE – Little River Canyon National Preserve (forested upland full of waterfalls, canyon rims, bluffs, pools, boulders, and sandstone cliffs.)
NW – Dismals Canyon
Central – Cheaha State Park, Wetumpka Crater at Wetumpka

Arkansas (Column 5)
N Central -Mammoth Spring, Blanchard Springs Caverns SP
NW – Buffalo National River (Hemmed-In Hollow Trail, Big Bluff Trail, Goat Trail), Whittaker Point Trail, Hurricane Creek Wilderness Area (Sam’s Throne), Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area (Hawksbill Crag), Devils Den State Park, Kings Bluff, Natural Bridge of Arkansas, Pedestal Rocks Scenic Area, White Rock Mountain
SW – Crater of Diamonds State Park
Central W – Garvan Woodland Gardens (Lake Hamilton), Hot Springs National Park, Petit Jean State Park
NE – Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center (Jonesboro)
E Central – Mount Magazine

Connecticut (Column 1)
Central – Dinosaur Trackway,
NW – Cathedral Pines
Central N – Talcott Mountain
West – Kent Falls State Park

Delaware (Column 2)
E – Bethany Beach
N – Wilmington Blue Rocks (probably only for geologists)
SE – Cape Henlopen SP

Florida (Column 2)
N – Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park, Florida Caverns State Park, Silver Springs, Wakulla Springs
NE – Castillo de San Marcos State Park, Big Shoals State Park
S – Dry Tortugas National Park (not accessible by car)

Georgia (Column 2)
NW – Cloudland Canyon State Park
NE – Marshall Forest, Tallulah Gorge State Park
N – Stone Mountain
N – Amicalola Falls near Dawsonville, Georgia (70 miles north of Atlanta), towers some 729 feet, gaining it distinction as the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi.

Illinois (Column 4)
SW – Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site (world heritage site), Gateway Arch National Park
S – Little Grand Canyon, Giant City State Park, Ferne Clyffe, Garden of the Gods
Central – Robert Allerton Park (Allerton Natural Area)
N Central – Starved Rock SP

Indiana (Column 3)
N – Indiana Dunes National Park
W Central – Turkey Run and Shades state parks
SE – Versailles State Park, Clifty Falls State Park, Marengo Cave, Wyandotte Caves (SE may be closed)
SW – Lost River

Iowa (Column 5)
NE -Effigy Mounds National Monument, Backbone SP, Pikes Peak SP
Central – Ledges SP
W Central – Maquoketa Caves
E – Wildcat Den State Park

Louisiana (Column 5)
NE – Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point
Central – Chicot State Park

Kentucky (Column 3)
Central – Natural Bridge State Resort Park in the Red River Gorge
Central W – Mammoth Cave NP
SE – Lilley Cornett Woods (old growth), Pine Mountain State Resort Park
N – Big Bone Lick State Park (fossils)
Central S – Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

Maine (Column 1)
Central – Gulf Hagas (and the Hermitage), Mount Kineo, Moxie Falls,
Central N – Mount Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Baxter State Park
Central E – Acadia NP
NW – Rangely Lake SP (see Height of Land), Mount Bigelow, Mount Blue SP, Tumbledown Mountain (near Weld)
W Central – Mount Blue State Park
SE – Giants Stairs, Harpwell
NE – Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land, Machias Seal Island (Puffins)

Maryland (Column 2)
N – Sugarloaf Mountain
Central – Calvert Cliffs
West – Swallow Falls State Park

Massachusetts (Column 1)
SW – Bartholomew’s Cobble (National Nature Landmark), Bish Bash Falls State Park
NW – Cold River Virgin Forest (National Nature Landmark)
NW – Mt. Greylock Old Growth Spruce (Highest point in Mass.)
E – Purgatory Chasm, Sutton, Ma (47° 7’ 44” N, 71° 42’54” W)
E – Boston Harbor State Park (Part of Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area)

Michigan (Column 3)
Central – Grand River Ledges, Grand Ledge, Mi
NW Lower peninsula – Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore
N upper peninsula – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Keweenaw Peninsula and Brockway Mountain Drive
NW upper peninsula – Porcupine Mountains and Lake of the Clouds
Upper peninsula – Isle Royal National Park, and Kitch-iti-Kipi Spring

Minnesota (Column 5)
N Central – Itasca State Park, The Lost 40 (old growth E of Itasca)
E Central – St. Croix Dalles Potholes (Wisconsin-Minnesota border, near Taylors Falls,
SE (Minneapolis) -Minnehaha Falls
SE – Forestville/ Mystery Cave
NE – Tettegouche State Park

Mississippi (Column 4)
Central W – Mississippi Petrified Forest
NE – Tishomingo SP
S – Gulf Island National Seashore

Missouri (Column 5)
SW – Table Rock SP, Marvel Cave,
S Central – Grand Gulf State Park, Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park
Central E – Onondaga Cave State Park
SE – Elephant Rocks

New Hampshire (Column 1)
Central N – Franconia Notch SP,
E Central – Madison Boulder Natural Area
Central – Mt Washington, Flume Gorge
S – Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area (Rte 9, Chesterfield, N of Pisgah)

New Jersey (Column 2)
NE – Great Falls of Paterson-Garret Mountain (near NY City)
NE – Riker Hill Fossil Site (near NY City) (Dinosaur tracks),
NE- Palisades of the Hudson (right across from Yonkers)
NE – Tripod rock (Boonton)
NW – Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

New York (Column 2)
E Central – Lake George (50 mi N of Albany), Cohoes Falls (Maybe not – close to Albany), Gilboa Fossil trees (50 sw of Albany)
SE – Catskill Mountains (Kaaterskill Falls and Overlook Mountain), Shawangunk Mountains (Minnewaska State Park Preserve – Awosting Falls), Sam’s Point Preserve (Ellenville Fault Ice Caves), Harriman State Park (30 miles north of New York City), Hither Hills State Park (Long Island’s eastern tip)
W – Letchworth State Park (Grand Canyon of the East), Finger Lakes, Chimney Bluffs on Lake Ontario (N of finger lakes), Taughannock Falls ( 215 ft tall near Ithaca on Cayuga Finger Lake), Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca, Buttermilk Falls near Ithaca, Watkins Glen State Park Preserve (35 minutes from Ithaca, S end of Seneca Lake)
N – Adirondack Mountains in Adirondack Park (W of Lake Champlin)
N – Ausable Chasm (privately owned)
NW – Wellesley Island State Park

North Carolina (Column 2)
E – Cape Hatteras Nat Seashore, Cape Lookout
N Central – Pilot Mountain SP, Hanging Rock SP,
W – Craggy Gardens, Linville Gorge, Linville Falls, Looking Glass Falls, Sliding Rock, Big Bradley Falls, Chimney Rock State Park
SW – Gorges State Park (Whitewater Falls, Bearwallow Falls), Dupont State Recreational Forest (Triple Falls, High Falls)

Ohio (Column 3)
Central – Hocking Hills
N Central (near Cleveland) – Cuyahoga Valley National Park (Ritchie Ledges, Brandywine Falls), Tinkers Creek Gorge,
SW – Hueston Woods State Park (Devonian fossils & virgin timber)
S – Great Serpent Mound National Historic Landmark, Peebles

Pennsylvania (Column 2)
SE – Ringing Rocks of Upper Black Eddy- Bucks County; Pinnacle Overlook on Susquehanna River
SW – Ohiopyle State Park
N Central – Pine Creek Gorge near Wellsboro (Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania)
NW – Cook Forest, Tionesta Scenic and Research Natural Areas
NE – Rickets Glen State Park (Oneida Falls), Nay Aug Park (Scranton), Archbald Pothole State Park (near Scranton)
W Central – McConnell’s Mill State Park,
E – Mount Minsi

Rhode Island (Column 1)
SW -El Pond, Stepstone Falls, Ft Adams
S Central – Brenton Point State Park,

South Carolina (Column 2)
SE – Francis Beidler Forest
NW – Caesars Head SP, Jones Gap SP, Table Rock State Park
Central – Congaree NP

Tennessee (Column 3)
S Central (Chattanooga) – Ruby Falls (inside cave)
Central – Cumberland Caverns, Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park
Central E – Grassy Cove, Falls Creek Falls State Park
SE – Craighead Caverns (largest underground lake in the US)

Vermont (Column 1)
NW – Camel’s Hump (near Lake Champlin),
NE – Lake Willoughby Natural Area, Mount Mansfield
N Central – Smugglers Notch State Park

Virginia (Column 2)
NW – Luray Caverns, Grand Caverns, Skyline Caverns,
SW – Breaks Interstate Park (Scenic river gorge on border with Kentucky),
SW – Natural Tunnel SP (near Duffield),
Central W – Crabtree Falls (series of falls that fall 1,080 feet)
NE – Great Falls (near DC)
NW – Shenadoah Nat Park
Only for Geologists – Millbrig Ashfall (36° 41’ 39” N, 83° 17’ 05” W)

West Virginia (Column 2)
S – New River Gorge National Park, Lost World Caverns, Organ Cave System
N – Dolly Sods Wilderness
N – Blackwater Falls SP (Davis – West Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains)
S – Beartown State Park (unusual rock formations, overhanging cliffs, crevices)
S – Bluestone River Gorge (rugged and ancient gorge)
S – Lover’s Leap, Hawks Nest State Park
NE – Seneca Rocks
S – Cass Scenic Railroad State Park

Wisconsin (Column 4)
SW – Ice Age National Scientific Reserve, Cave of the Mounds (SW),
S Central – Baraboo Range Dells of the Wisconsin River, Devils Lake SP, Cave of the Mounds near Blue Mounds
Central – Roche-A-Cri Mound (44° 0’ 13.9” N, 89° 49’ 15.8” W)
SE – High Cliff State Park; Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee
N – Big Manitou Falls, Copper Falls State Park
E Central – Cave Point on Lake Michigan (on tip of peninsula)
NE – Peninsula State Park
NW -Interstate Park (border of Minnesota, St. Croix Falls, WI),

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