Virtual Tours of Treasured Places


Virtual tours of some of America’s most important places—its parks, waterways and even battlefields—went online this week in Street View in Google Maps. The Conservation Fund and the Franklin Land Trust unveiled a host of sites across the Eastern seaboard that they hiked, paddled, and explored with the Street ViewTrekker, a mapping tool from Google that allows anyone with a screen and internet access to journey beyond the road for a tour of iconic American sites where the Franklin Land Trust and The Conservation Fund played a role in permanent protection.

Last year, The Conservation Fund borrowed and set out with Trekker—a
4-foot-tall, 40-pound camera and backpack—that’s part of Google’s project to create a digital reflection of the world for people to explore and

Now, these spectacular places that we protected together are online for the world to see, including virtual tours of eight sites, stretching from Delaware
to North Carolina. We are thrilled to share that our

Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation in Sunderland is available to visitors and outdoor enthusiasts across the globe seeking a glimpse
of places they might not typically see on the web-based mapping service.

“We hope that panoramic, fully navigable imagery of these places on Google Maps enables people to explore and learn about these sites of historic significance
and national pride,” said Deanna Yick, Google Maps Street View Program Manager. “The imagery collected with The Conservation Fund and its natural resource
partners truly brings Mount Sugarloaf to life.”

Take a virtual tour with Street View Trekker of places
The Conservation Fund and its partners helped to protect.

Find Fields of Gold: Connecticut River Valley: Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation, Massachusetts
Conservation Partner: Franklin Land Trust

Pay Homage to Hallowed Ground of the Civil War: Antietam National Battlefield,

Conservation Partner: National Park Service

Discover The Water Trail That Built A New World: Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail,
Chesapeake Bay

Conservation Partner: Chesapeake Conservancy

Explore the First State’s First National Monument: First State National Monument,

Conservation Partner: National Park Service

Get Lost in the Long Island Sound: Farm Creek Nature Preserve,

Conservation Partner: Norwalk Land Trust

Hike to Extremes on this Natural Wonder: Grandfather Mountain State Park,
North Carolina

Mile High Swinging Bridge

Conservation Partners: Grandfather Mountain State Park and Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

Wonder at the Grandeur of Granite Peaks: Chimney Rock State Park,
Grandfather Trail to Calloway Peak, North Carolina

Conservation Partners: Chimney Rock State Park, Chimney Rock Management, LLC, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Go Wild in the Blue Ridge Mountains: DuPont State Recreational Forest,
North Carolina

High Falls

Triple Falls

Hooker Falls

Conservation Partners: DuPont State Recreational Forest, North Carolina Department of Agriculture