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A Travel Blog for US and Canadian Parks with Geological Notes

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 – Wetumpka Crater, 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)
SW – Crater of Diamonds State Park,
Central W – Garvan Woodland Gardens (Lake Hamilton), Hot Springs National Park,
NE – Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center (Jonesboro),

Connecticut (Column 1)
Central – Dinosaur Trackway,
NW – Cathedral Pines
Central N – Talcott Mountain

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,
N – Florida Caverns State Park, Silver Springs,
N – Wakulla Springs
S – Dry Tortugas National Park (not accessible by car)

Georgia (Column 2)
N – (near Atlanta) Panola Mountain(restricted)
N – Stone Mountain
NE – Marshall Forest
Central East – Heggies Rock near Augusta (restricted),
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)
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
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

Massachusetts (Column 1)
SW – Bartholomew’s Cobble (National Nature Landmark)
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
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), Cincinnati Museum, Cincinnati
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
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
Central – Congaree NP

Tennessee (Column 3)
S Central (Chattanooga) – Ruby Falls (inside cave)
Central – Cumberland Caverns,
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

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),
NW -Interstate Park (border of Minnesota, St. Croix Falls, WI),

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