The National Park Service has released their list of the most visited state parks of 2009. Some parks on the list may surprise you. Across the U.S. and beyond people are discovering that national parks offer inexpensive family fun. There are many national parks all across the nation. Chances are high that one is near you.
Check out the parks below to see the 2009 most visited national parks list. Did your favorite National Park make the cut? Click on the park links for FAQs and general park information.
#10 Most Visited State Parks of 2009
Acadia National Park
At Acadia National Park in Maine many of natures best attributes come together. There rock cliffs that seem to grow out of the ocean below, pristine lakes, grand mountain views and a variety of wildlife. Enjoy picnicking, park your RV or pitch a tent in a campsite or come for the day to enjoy the beauty.
#9 Most Visited State Parks of 2009
Grand Teton National Park
Located in beautiful Wyoming, the Grand Teton National Park has a lot to offer. It’s easy to see why this park made the top 10 list for 2009. You’ll find some of the most unique geology in the US. There are more than 200 miles of hiking trails and 100 miles of roads to explore. Some trails are accessible.
#8 Most Visited State Parks of 2009
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
This park is nestled in the Cuyahoga Valley and is a short drive from Akron and Cleveland, Ohio. It provides a peace break from stressful city life. Here you can see what is left of the famed Erie Canal and learn about the area’s rich cultural history.
#7 Most Visited State Parks of 2009
Zion National Park
Located in the community of Springdate, Utah at Zion National Park you can experience the same scenery that the pioneers of the late 1800s enjoyed. Wildlife includes peregrine falcons, big horn sheep, ring tail cats, quail and smaller animals as well. There are hiking trails, horse back riding and more.
#6 Most Visited State Parks of 2009
Rocky Mountain National Park
The mountains come alive at this park in Estes Park, Colorado. All of the park is higher than 7,500 feet. The park website cautions everyone to acclimate to the altitude before beginning strenuous activity. Those who take the time to get used to the altitude are in for a treat. Get a glimpse of the park on their webcam.
#5 Most Visited State Parks of 2009
This national park is on the Olympic Peninsula just west of Seattle, Washington. The park offers backpacking, hiking, fishing and ranger led programs. US Highway 101 is the auto tour that provides access to the park entrances.
#4 Most Visited State Parks of 2009
Yellowstone National Park
It’s hard to say enough about the huge diversity of geology, plant and animal life that is found here. Visitors will want to read up on all that is offered. Old Faithful is the tip of the iceberg. There are other geysers, waterfalls, camping and hiking opportunities and abundant wildlife. Check at the visitor center for the most up-to-date information on wolves and bears.
#3 Most Visited State Parks of 2009
Yosemite National Park
This park covers nearly1,200 miles in the Sierra Nevada of California. Here you will find the renown Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoyas. The park suggests taking the free shuttle during the summer months. You park and ride the shuttle from the South Entrance to view these 3,000 year old trees.
#2 Most Visited State Parks of 2009
Grand Canyon National Park
This park is divided into two main parts. The South Rim is open all year. During summer months the North Rim is also open. To reduce traffic congestion there is a free shuttle on the South Rim. Visitors are urged to carry water and electrolyte drinks with them at all times.
#1 Most Visited State Parks of 2009
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
With a list of activities as long as your arm it’s easy to see why this park came in at #1 for 2009! This park has it all. Choose from visiting splendid waterfalls to historic buildings, hiking, an auto tour, horseback riding and more. When the day is over, pitch your tent at one of the park campgrounds or stay in a nearby motel. Nearby towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee offers plenty of family restaurants and activities. Gatlinburg is also a popular destination for newlyweds.
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