Friday, January 1, 2016

National Lands: Pennsylvania (Part 2)

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Flight93memorialatsunset (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In Shanksville is the Flight 93 National Memorial. This area is dedicated to those who lost their lives while stopping terrorists who planned to fly the plane into a building in DC. The memorial is in the western section of the state southeast of Pittsburgh and just north of Interstate 70/76. North of this area is the Johnstown Flood National Memorial which is located east of Pittsburgh and north of Interstate 70/76. When the South Fork Dam failed in 1889, 2,209 people were killed by the flood waters. Tours and trails are available. The Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial honors the man who was a military engineer during the American Revolution. The memorial is located in Philadelphia.

Fort Necessity National Battlefield is in Farmington. The fort from the French and Indian War is located near the southern border of the state with West Virginia and Maryland. Gettysburg National Military Park, which commemorates the bloodiest battle of the Civil War is located near the Maryland border. It is southwest of Harrisburg and west of Interstate 83.

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Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network covers seven states. A myriad of water sports and hiking opportunities are available in this area. The Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River is located in the northeast corner of the state. The area is north of Interstate 84. White water rafting and fishing are some of the many activities available along the river. The Lower Delaware River National Wild & Scenic River is located between Interstate 80 and Interstate 95. This section of the river runs through some more populated areas, but still offers boating, fishing, hiking and biking. Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is just south of Interstate 84 and offers water activities and hiking.

The Appalachian Trail runs through fourteen states. In Pennsylvania the 2,185 mile trail travels from Philadelphia to Harrisburg and then south to east of Waynesboro. The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail honors his exploration of the Bay. Covering seven states is the North Country National Scenic Trail which runs through the northwest corner of the state. Interstate 79 is the closest interstate. The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail provides hiking, biking and boating activities along the river.  This area is south of Pittsburgh with Interstate 79 as the closest interstate. The Pennsylvania section of the Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail is north of Interstate 95 along the Delaware River on either side of Philadelphia.

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