Thursday, 14 May 2020

Cool facts to know about United States’ national parks

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
View of fall foliage and mountains in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Photo credit: Sean Board/Shutterstock.com

327 million

Visitors to the country’s national parks in 2019. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park along the Tennessee–North Carolina border was the most popular, with 12.5 million visitors.

62

Total national parks in the US. The latest, White Sands in New Mexico, known for its immense dunes of glistening gypsum sand, was granted national park status in December 2019.

The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Photo credit: Galyna Andrushko/Shutterstock.com

5.34 million hectares

Size of Wrangell-St Elias National Park & Preserve in Alaska, making it the largest national park in the US. Conversely, Missouri’s Gateway Arch National Park, one of the smallest, measures just 36.8 hectares.

28,970

Total length of trails within the US National Park System. The longest is the North Country Trail, which crosses from New York to North Dakota and spans 7,400km.

Death Valley National Park.
The ridges of Zabriskie Point at Death Valley National Park. Photo credit: Doug Lemke/Shutterstock.com

86m

Depth, below sea level, of Badwater Basin in California’s Death Valley National Park, making it the lowest point in all of North America.

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SEE ALSO: 6 must-visit national parks in the world

This article was originally published in the April 2020 issue of SilverKris magazine

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