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Top 4 U.S. Spots For A Nature Walk

Top 4 U.S. Spots For A Nature Walk
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This is my favorite time of year to go exploring. Summer is starting to fade, and every so often, the wind shifts just enough so that you can smell autumn on the breeze. As the year’s warmest season draws to a close, days remain long, leaving cool mornings and late afternoons that are perfect for a small expedition.

A nature walk is a good starting point for inexperienced hikers, small children, or those with limited mobility. The point of a nature walk is simply to get away from the hustle and bustle of urban areas, rather than to reach a 14,000 ft. summit. Nature walks typically take place in locations that offer unique bird or animal sightings, flowers, or just a breathtaking view.

The Wilderness Society recently released its top four choices for the best nature walk sites in America. What local or regional destinations would you add to the list?

1. San Gabriel Mountains, California

san-gabriel-mountainsImage via tomsaint/Flickr

The San Gabriel Mountains offer an urban escape near Los Angeles. They contain Southern California’s most accessible wildlands — within an hour’s drive of more than 15 million city dwellers. Families enjoy seeing the San Gabriel Mountains’ rare and endangered species, including bighorn sheep and the mountain yellow-legged frog, and swimming in its creeks. Millions of annual visitors escape to the San Gabriel’s peaks, which soar as high as 10,000 feet. Learn more…

2. Clearwater Basin, Idaho

Clearwater_BasinImage via Clearwater Basin Collaborative

Idaho’s Clearwater Basin includes a 6 million-acre landscape that rises from Idaho’s Palouse prairie into a craggy, moss-draped wilderness. The area known as Clearwater Basin is the native land of the Nez Perce Native American tribe and is one of the wildlands that Lewis and Clark explored.

The Basin gets its name from the Clearwater River, which drains the majestic 1.3 million acre Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Selway-Bitterroot is the third largest wilderness area in the continental United States. Learn more…

Keep reading to see more top U.S. spots for a nature walk!

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8:32AM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

so beautiful

9:25PM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

Thanks

2:06AM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

Thank-you for posting this interesting article.

1:46PM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

All stunning places, would love to go there, thanks for sharing.

1:09PM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

Thanks so much.

12:12PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

Sadly I'm not close to any of these lovely sounding places. But I do have nature right here in my area and some really nice walks close by. Time to go on one!

8:20AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

Thanks. I've been to USA several times and spend a lot of time just walking and enjoying the nature.

11:35PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

It took us 3 years but, we were determined to tour our own state of PA. We have a diverse & beautiful state. Come check it out!

5:34PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Beautiful!

8:57AM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Davis Mountains of West Texas

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