You can find more details in my Ecotourism in America series within the Greenloons Blog, but here are some east coast highlights that I wanted to share:
- Maine – With more than 30 species of wildlife that are permanently care for as they cannot survive in the wild due to injury or being orphaned, the Maine Wildlife Park has much to offer. From bobcats and moose to mountain lions and black bears, the park offers extensive educational and volunteer opportunities.
- New York – The Saratoga Springs area established a two-mile Bog Meadow Nature Trail and boardwalk system so that visitors could see a variety of animals roaming the wetland area year-round as well as flora and fauna. The wetland includes an open marsh, wet meadow, and forested wetland. In the winter, visitors can explore the area on snowshoes or cross-country skis.
- Virginia – Front Royal in Shenandoah Valley is spectacular when showing off its autumn colors. While there, you can go rafting, birding or fishing along the Shenandoah River. You can go biking and horseback riding in the Raymond R. Guest State Park or enjoy a great hike along the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail.
- North Carolina – Tyrrell County near the Outer Banks has great wildlife viewing along numerous biking and hiking trails. You can see red wolves, bobcats and red-cockaded woodpeckers. There are organized birding and wolf howling tours as well as the chance to paddle through its 390 square miles of splendid habitat.
- Florida – The Suwannee River Wilderness Trail on the south side of Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge offers multi-day hiking, horseback riding, biking and paddling adventures complete with the opportunity to stay at any of its six river camps.