National Parks,  Travel & Places

100 Years of the National Park Service – Park List

In honor of the National Park Service’s 100th Birthday on August 25th, I’m going to spend this week sharing snippets of parks that I’ve been to under the jurisdiction of the NPS. Many people don’t realize there are more than just ‘parks’ that are part of that system and it extends out to seashores, monuments, preserves, and trails. I’ll be breaking down my posts this week into those parks that I’ve visted, linking photos and previous blog posts to share. While I love the National Park system I wish there was more love for the USFWS refuge system as well as the US Forest Service. Both are highly undervalued resources for outdoor opportunities. There’s the BLM, too, but you find those lands primarily out west.

In the meantime, feel free to share parks you’ve been to or tell me ones that I need to put on my bucket list!

National Parks
Big Bend
Big Cypress
Big Thicket
Great Smoky Mountains
Guadalupe Mountains
Hot Springs
Rocky Mountain

Monuments, Historical Parks, and Memorials
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
Harpers Ferry National Historic Park
Mount Rushmore
National Mall
Castillo de San Marcos
LBJ National Historical Park

National Seashores
Canaveral National Seashore
Gulf Islands National Seashore
Padre Island National Seashore

Trails and Recreation Areas
Appalachian National Scenic Trail
Florida National Scenic Trail – While part of the National Trails System, it is administered by the US Forest Service.
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail


  • Patrice

    I love this idea and I loved reading through all your posts. You had many on your list that I haven’t been to. Sadly, I have not been to ANY of the Florida parks, nor to Glacier. Thanks for sharing your memories, pictures and dedication to the parks service!

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