Caledon State Park in Virginia’s Northern Neck is an excellent place to hike and bird watch, especially if you want to catch a glimpse of a Bald Eagles. The park is home to many eagles and their nests.
The park has multiple trails in various lengths ranging from 1 to 4 miles. The paths are well maintained with moderate elevation gains. The time hiking passes by quickly as you journey through creeks, ravines, and the ever changing canopy of trees. To slow the hike, the park offers many overlooks, wildlife viewing areas, and beaches.
My favorite route is the Boyd’s Hole Trail, which passes by a marsh and ends at the Potomac River. It is a pleasant place to swim, snack, and relax to the sound of waves splashing against the pebble filled beach.
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
The White Sands National Monument is located in the Chuhuan Desert in New Mexico, and it’s known for its rare white gypsum sand dunes. The dunes are shinny white, glittering like a field of diamonds, and hard enough to take a round plastic sleigh and rush down its steep sides. You don’t have to worry about bringing a sleigh; the park rents them for a small fee. Trust me, the rarity of sleighing in the desert heat is worth it! Just bring plenty of water and sunscreen.