Remnants of one of the oldest known church (rather – a prayer hall) buildings. It was built in the 3rd century AD and there is found a fine mosaic floor with Greek inscription mentioning Jesus Christ.
One of the most beautiful Polish churches in Chicago, built in 1898. There are several such Neo-Baroque – Neo-Renaissance style churches in Chicago and its vicinities. The interior of the church is especially ornate and even sumptuous.
The largest single spring in the United States, with a discharge of 22,700 l/s. This is a rise of a submerged river.
Spectacular, approximately 80 m tall falls. Especially impressive after heavy rain. Stream here is divided in two branches, thus forming two waterfalls.
The tallest known cypress (Cupressus himalaica or Cupressus corneyana – scientists still argue about the taxonomy). 94.6 m tall, diameter 4.27 m.
The tallest announced tree in the world (there are known taller ones), coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens (D. Don) Endl.). 115.85 m tall, diameter 4.84 m. Contains 502 m3 of wood. In total, more than 500 coast redwoods exceed the height of 103 m.
Beautiful ice caves in the deep blue Mendenhall Glacier. Caves are formed by streams leaving the glacier. As the glacier is dynamic and, mostly receding due to global warming, the caves also are constantly changing and every year could be in different locations.
One of the few remaining populations of a spider lily Hymenocallis coronaria. This beautiful flower is very rare and here it forms a pure stand in Catawba River – the largest stand of this plant anywhere. The beauty of these fragrant flowers can be admired in May – June.
Enormous Southern live oak (Quercus virginiana) of unusual beauty. The circumference of the trunk is 8.5 m but especially impressive is the enormous crown that covers 1,600 square meters. Stories about ghosts – angels around the tree.
Approximately 50 meters high cascade. It consists of three larger drops and smaller plunges in between. Waterfall is located close to Buttle Lake and a fine view over the lake opens from the top of falls.