Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is a 2,600-acre natural area in Kempton, Pa., known as the world's first refuge for birds of prey. Today, visitors flock to Hawk Mountain each autumn to watch the annual hawk migration. A total of 235 species of birds have been sighted at or near this #birdwatching mecca.
Shenandoah National Park (88 mi. from Washington DC). This 80,000-acre park, established in 1935, is best known for Skyline Drive, which follows the ridgeline of the Blue Ridge Mountains for 105 miles, from Front Royal to Waynesboro, Virginia. Seventy-five overlooks along the drive feature beautiful views of the Shenandoah Valley & River. With 500-plus miles of hiking trails, the vistas & nature sights are endless.
Cherokee Rock Village is a 200-acre public park located in northeastern Alabama in Cherokee County, near the town of Leesburg. Also known as Sandrock, Little Rock City, and Sand Rock, Cherokee Rock Village sits atop a large outcropping on the southern end of Lookout Mountain, overlooking Weiss Lake. Its narrow slot canyons meander among high cliffs, natural Cherokee Rock Villagearches, caves, and huge freestanding sandstone islands rising above a maze of passages and overhangs.