Water Wonders of the United States

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Explore America Water

At 1,100 feet, it is the oldest natural gorge in the United States and is second in depth to the Grand Canyon. The longest of Tallulah's three waterfalls plunges 700 feet to the canyon floor. One of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern U.S., Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. Visitors can hike rim trails to several overlooks, or they can obtain a free permit (limit 100 per day) to hike down to the gorge floor. A suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing spectacular views of the river and waterfalls.

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Bonne Terre Mine is an old lead mine that has been turned into a diving facility for scuba divers and a tourist attraction. The mine is partially filled with water, now referred to as the Billion Gallon Lake. The mine was all dug out by miners in the mining boom and still has some mining materials showcased in the rocks. The beauty of this mine is remarkable, the depth and clarity of the water is breathtaking and the realization that men dug this all out with their handtools is surreal.

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In the heart of the Ozarks, the Buffalo River was America's first national river in 1972. The 150-mile-long free flowing Buffalo offers both swift-running and placid stretches, inviting sand/gravel bars, towering limestone bluffs, woodlands, protected wilderness areas and nature watching opportunities, including deer and elk. Resorts and outfitters are located throughout the river region. Camping is available at most access points and primitive camping is allowed along the stream.

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Built in 2006 to host the U.S. Olympic kayaking trials, this facility boasts the largest man-made whitewater river in the world, with customizable class III-IV rapids. Outdoor adventurers of all skill levels can raft or kayak, ride the 1,100-foot MegaZip line, climb the 46-foot rock wall, tackle a ropes course, and explore 14 miles of hiking and biking trails. Enjoy the natural landscape with a flat water paddle on the Catawba River, adjacent to the center.The center plays host to a multitude of events. During the summer, River Jam on Thursdays and Summer Saturdays add to the experience with live music and entertainment. These are free events, other than a $5 parking charge.An AllSport Pass, $49 for adults and $29 for children under 11, allows you unlimited access to all activities for one day. Some activities may require an additional charge. A season pass is $149 for adults and $119 for children under 11.

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Located in South Cheyenne Canyon, Seven Falls cascades 181 feet in seven distinct steps down a solid cliff of pikes peak granite. Crystal clear water from the southern most edges of the Pikes Peak watershed have, over the ages, carved this unique scenic masterpiece in an easily accessed location.Seven Falls is located in a natural box canyon. It is the only waterfall in Colorado listed in the National Geographic list of International waterfalls. It has been called the "Grandest Mile of Scenery in Colorado."

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Crystal River is the only place in the U.S. where you can legally swim with and touch wild manatees. The best time to go is in the winter, when these "sea cows" come searching for warm waters.

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This is the third-largest National Park in the Continental U.S. and the largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S. The 1.5-million-acre park boasts rare and endangered species living in a variety of habitats. It is designated as a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, and Wetland of International Importance. There are four visitor centers, miles of hiking and biking nature trails, and excellent flats fishing. Concession operators offer guided boat tours from the Gulf Coast and Flamingo areas of the park. Other amenities, located in different locations around the park, include a full-service marina, boat launching ramps, motor and non motorized boat rentals, and camping facilities.

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The Platte River, formed by the braiding of the North Platte and South Platte rivers, traverses 625 miles across Nebraska, dropping an average of 7 ft per mile in the 60 mile "Big Bend" region near Grand Island. Historically, the river has played an important role in the westward expansion of the United States, providing the route for several major westward trails, including the Oregon Trail and the Mormon Trail. Nebraskan author, Roger Welsch, writes, "to my mind the Nebraska River, our Platte River, is the spine of our state." The Nebraska Nature and Visitors Center near Grand Island offers many viewing and recreational opportunities along the river, including 7 miles of walking trails, a handicap accessible foot bridge, and a 35 foot observation tower.

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Sailing or floating are a couple of the most popular activities on the Great Salt Lake, Utah's inland sea. It's the sixth largest lake in the United States, after the Great Lakes, and the 34th largest in the world. The lake is four to eight times saltier than the ocean, depending on where you are on the lake. Visit the soft, sandy beaches of Antelope Island State Park near Layton or the Great Salt Lake Marina on the south shore. Antelope Island is home to a wild bison herd and other wildlife.

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