How Many of “America’s Natural Wonders” Have You Seen?

When John Muir was a young man, he worked in a carriage shop.  One day, a file he was working with slipped and went into his eye.  He quickly lost sight in his other eye.  But miraculously, his sight returned.  From then on, he dedicated his life to seeing “America’s Natural Wonders.”


Muir walked the 1,000 miles from Louisville, Kentucky to Savanna, Georgia.  He then ended up in San Francisco, California from which he traveled to Yosemite.   From Yosemite, he made a trip to Alaska, and then back to his native Scotland.


You should travel to Yosemite and Yellowstone, and as many of our other National Parks as you can.  But until you do, if you’re a Greater Clevelander check out Sulphur Springs gorge behind Look About Lodge, and the Chagrin River gorge below Squaw Rock, both in the South Chagrin Reservation of Cleveland Metroparks.

Then hike around the Tinkers Creek gorge in the Bedford Reservation of Cleveland Metroparks, and through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.


If you want to go a little farther, check out Letchworth State Park in New York, just outside of East Aurora.  Billed as the Grand Canyon of the East, it’s spectacular, just not as spectacular as the Grand Canyon in Arizona.


Or, travel to Central Ohio and see Hocking Hills State Park.  It also has some spectacular scenery.


There are plenty of “natural wonders” close to home.  Get out and see them.



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