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PSM V73 D181 Planting pine seeds in san gabriel national forest california.png
Planting Pine Seeds, San Gabriel National Forest, California.

these may be named the Falls of Elk Creek, near Cranberry, N. C, the Upper Falls of the Whitewater River, the Lower Cullasaja Falls of Macon County, N. C, and the Toccoa Falls of Habersham County, Ga. Thus, with infinite variety of mountain and valley, forest and stream, cascade and waterfall, beetling crag, bold precipice and dizzy gorge, this entire region presents a scene of transcendent natural beauty and sublimity.

As a national park and recreation ground this area has no equal in the United States. Unlike the splendid but remote Yosemite, it is within twenty-four hours' ride of 60,000,000 people. With modern transportation facilities the cities of the east—New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington; of the south—Charleston, Atlanta, New Orleans, Nashville, Louisville; of the middle west—Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City and Chicago—are almost at its doors.