The eastern US nations of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland offer dark-green spaces with stunning pinnacles and cataracts, as well as amazing wildlife
Delaware Water Gap national recreation area, Pennsylvania
The Delaware river forms part of the border between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In the 1960 s the Army Corps of Engineer proposed building a embankment along the flood-prone section of creek between the New York state line and the coal quarrying township of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. This would have created a 37 -mile lake between Pennsylvania and New Jersey to be called Tocks Island national recreation area. In part of the preparations for spate the depression, more than 15,000 parties were displaced from their homes. Then a geologic subject revealed that the proposed dam was on top of various active fault lines and development projects was scrapped. In 1978, the dimension was transferred to the National Park Service and renamed the Delaware Water Gap national recreation area. Today, the park keeps 70,000 acres of woodland and farmland, 40 miles of the Delaware river and 28 miles of the Appalachian Trail.
Top tip-off Numerous picturesque hamlets and hamlets that stood along the Delaware river were lost to the embankment activity but some historic structures continue. The charming hamlet of Bevans now stands as the Peters Valley School of Craft, where blacksmithing, woodworking and knitting are taught and practised. Take a tour of the historical dirts on summer weekends or sign up for a two- to five-day seminar between May and September.
Ricketts Glen state park, Pennsylvania
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