The Great Egg Harbor River, a national park in New Jersey, is one of the best spots in North America for birding and also offers paddling in the area.
Starting as a trickle near Berlin, NJ, the River gradually widens as it picks up the waters of 17 tributaries on its way to Great Egg Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. Established by Congress in 1992, nearly all of this 129-mile river system rests within the Pinelands National Reserve. Hawks "funnel" into Cape May each fall, making this the best spot on the East Coast for raptors. It's also fantastic for warblers and other migrating birds in spring and fall.