7 Wonders of the Heartland

7 Wonders of the Heartland
By:  Jason Lindsey
The Heartland is filled with natural beauty; just waiting to be explored but which sights are the most amazing.  Jason Lindsey reveals the 7 Wonders of the Heartland. 

Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park
This popular rocky gorge brings joy to almost 250,000 visitors each year.  Water cascading between large, smooth rocks, creating natural waterslides, has made the park a popular recreation destination

Garden of the Gods
It's located in southern Illinois in the Shawnee National Forest. The wilderness area is more than 320 million years old and the sediment rock in this area is over 4 miles deep and the fractured bedrock has created some interesting rock formations that represent various objects.

Reelfoot Lake
Reelfoot Lake located in the northwest corner of Tennessee, is one of the greatest hunting and fishing destinations in the nation. The lake covers 25,000 acres and harbors almost every kind of shore and wading bird, as well as the golden and American bald eagles.

Land Between the Lakes
Land Between the Lakes was created when the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers were impounded to create Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley.  Land Between the Lakes is also a great place to see wild life such as bald eagles, elk, bison, fox, coyote, and deer.

Rend Lake
Rend Lake was built as a joint project by the Illinois Department of Conservancy District, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. With marinas, boating, water skiing, camp sites, and hunting, rend lake has become one of the premier vacation spots in southern Illinois.

Ball Mill Resurgence Natural Area
This geological natural area contains a sinkhole that normally acts as a water drain, but backs up as a spring after heavy rains. The resurgence acts as a natural rock tumbler which smoothes and rounds angular rock fragments that fall into it.

Big Oak Tree State Park
Flood plains covered with giant trees that once greeted early explorers to the "bootheel" region of the state have been preserved in big oak tree state park. Trees within the park are unsurpassed in the state for size, with six qualifying as state champions of their species and two registered as national champions.

You can find more on these 7 Wonders of the Heartland in our 2007 Outdoor and Tourism Guide.  Click HERE to download the magazine!